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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging

Health care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

Important Hospice and Home Health Provider Reminders

March 11, 2016 11:23 AM

While the following issues have been addressed in previous NAHC Report articles and on the NAHC member listserv, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) reminds home health and hospice providers of the following forthcoming deadlines.  Please share this information with appropriate staff to ensure agency compliance.

MARCH 15 -- DEADLINE TO RECERTIFY YOUR AGENCY IN EIDM.  Beginning in February the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began sending emails to agency Security Officials that they must recertify their accounts BY MARCH 15, 2016, in the Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system.  Certification in EIDM is required in order to maintain access to Provider Statistical and Reimbursement (PS&R) reports, which are used by hospices to comply with interim aggregate cap reporting requirements (which must be reported to the MAC by March 31) and by home health agencies to comply with cost reporting requirements.  These notices have NOT been sent to end users.  Loss of EIDM recertification will result in the Security Officer being required to make a new access request to gain entry.  Please see the following NAHC Report coverage for additional information:  Continuing Access to PS&R Depends on Annual Recertification of Your EIDM Account

March 16 - 21:  QIES System Down Time Scheduled for NEXT WEEK -- Mark your Calendars and Plan Ahead!  ALL Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) systems will be down from Wednesday, March 16 after 8:00 p.m. (EST) through Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).  This downtime will affect all QIES connectivity and systems. This means the national database, CASPER reports, and QW will NOT be available during this time.  Additionally, the HOSPICE ITEM SET (HIS) and HOME HEALTH AGENCY OASIS SUBMISSION SYSTEMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. This downtime will affect ALL QIES users.  It is critical that affected Providers make the necessary contingency plans to accommodate for this downtime and ensure their data is submitted in a timely manner.  PLEASE ALERT APPROPRIATE AGENCY STAFF TO THIS DEVELOPMENT.

MARCH 31 DEADLINE FOR HOSPICE AGGREGATE CAP CALCULATION AND SUBMISSION!!  Beginning with the 2014 Cap year, hospices are required to annually calculate and report their estimated aggregate Cap to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) no earlier than three months after and no later than five months following the end of the hospice Cap year.  The 2015 year closed on October 31, 2015, which means that hospices must report their self-calculated aggregate cap calculations (and submit any associated overpayment) by the deadline of March 31, 2016. Failure to file the Cap calculation on a timely basis and address any Cap-related liability will result in payment suspension.  For additional information, please see the following coverage in NAHC ReportHospice Reminder! Are You Ready to Calculate and Report Your Aggregate Cap?




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