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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

Heath 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

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

NAHC Announces CMS Officials to Speak at March on Washington Conference

March 22, 2016 11:40 AM

Two leading officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will speak at the 2016 March on Washington Conference regarding the outlook on Medicaid and Medicare home health and hospice policy, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced today. The two officials are Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS; and Mike Nardone, Director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS. Mr. Cavanaugh will speak on the morning and Mr. Nardone will speak on the afternoon of Monday, April 4. The March on Washington Conference will take place April 3 – 5 in Washington, D.C.

Sean Cavanaugh will address attendees regarding the outlook on Medicare home health and hospice policy. He will address how CMS views home health services in the overall Medicare program and the expected direction of its policies that impact home health services. This policy direction includes the existing home health benefit along with activities in other health care sectors that would affect home health care delivery and operations. Mr. Cavanaugh will also provide an in-depth look at the direction of recent Medicare hospice policy and the prospects for additional changes over the coming years that may affect hospice operations, care delivery, and financial viability. A particular emphasis will be placed on federal efforts to oversee hospice utilization, concerns related to hospice patterns of care delivery, and payment model reforms.

As the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, Mr. Cavanaugh oversees the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. Mr. Cavanaugh was previously the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation where he oversaw the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models, including accountable care organizations and medical homes. His full biography is available here.

Mike Nardone will address conference attendees regarding the outlook on Medicaid home care and hospice policy. Medicaid home care and hospice continues to grow to meet the increasing needs of those of all ages. In recent times, Long Term Services and Supports in Medicaid have been undergoing a significant rebalancing with home care now exceeding institutional care for the first time. Mr. Nardone will present the view from CMS on the new and anticipated Medicaid policies that affect care in the home.

Prior to his position as Director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS, Mr. Nardone was Managing Principal at Health Management Associates. Before that, he served as Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Medicaid program; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Long Term Living Council. Mr. Nardone also previously served as Associate Executive Vice President for Government Relations for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital.

The speeches by Mr. Cavanaugh and Mr. Nardone will be complemented by panel discussion that same day among home care and hospice policy experts. As the future of health is in the community, these sessions will provide a glimpse of that future from both the perspectives of CMS and the provider community.

Make sure to register for the March on Washington Conference here.




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