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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

Federal Innovations in Health Policy and Delivery Discussed at March on Washington

April 8, 2016 04:40 PM

With care in the community at the center of significant current and planned innovations, a session at the March on Washington Conference titled, “Federal Innovations in Health Policy and Delivery,” looked at these innovations and their impact on care in the home. The purpose of the session was to identify policy trends in care, payment bundling, shared-risk payment models, as well as quality improvement initiatives and care integration.

The session featured a panel of policy experts from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) including Mary K. Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, and Andrea L. Devoti, Chairman of the NAHC Government Affairs Committee, as well as Lynn C. Jones, President of Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association.

Jones said that their current involvement with innovations includes participation in several of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) bundles; the Independence at Home demonstration; and a Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization. The bundles include joint replacement, heart failure, as well as cervical, spine, and cardiac valve surgery. “From a health care perspective, we are seeing more patients,” Jones said. “We have been able to move our percent of patients that go to SNF after joint replacement from 30 percent down to about 20 percent.” In addition, he said, “Our readmission rates had been low but they are even lower now.”

In response to a question posed by Dombi regarding which of the innovations are most important to pursue, Jones said “all of the above.” He added, “If you stick to adding value, getting costs down, and providing the care where patients want to be, it’s going to serve you well.”

Devoti, who is also President and CEO of Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc. located in southeastern Pennsylvania, spoke about their experience with Medicare Care Choices. While she said in some ways it has been “exciting” relative to working with really well qualified staff, she also spoke about a variety of challenges including the fact that they were not asked about the design in advance.

With regards to palliative care, Forster said, “This is a case where health care providers are sort of leading the way. Medicare is at a point where there is tremendous hesitancy to create new benefit structures, and so in the interim everyone sees that there is this gray area between curative care and the decision to cease curative care that is palliative care. I think that the hospitals certainly caught wind of the value of doing this, and it has been growing tremendously in hospital systems across the nation. But you also see the same level of innovation when it comes to home health programs and hospice programs.”Forster added, “I think that the innovation is going to continue as long as it’s not prohibited.”

Carr added her perspective on the potential for home care in these innovations.  “I do think these programs are going to help to highlight the value of home care,” she said.




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