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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

Clinical Education Sessions at 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting

August 8, 2016 02:34 PM

The lineup of clinical education sessions at the National Association for Home Care Hospice (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will cover a broad spectrum.  Agencies with the best clinical information and practices will thrive. 

Learn about challenges of serving wound care patients in their homes. This session will explore the changing demands of CMS, impatient guidelines on hospital-acquired conditions, and the future of bundling services— all of which increase the importance of having sound WOC knowledge and leadership in your organization. 

Another session will cover implementingLSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs—sensory-based protocols that foster improvements in patients with Parkinson’s disease, regardless of the state of their condition. Patients who are home bound and meet conditions of participation for skilled home health benefit most from application of these protocols. This presentation will explain the scientific basis of the protocols and their clinical effect. It will also go over the elements of success in implementing LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD programs, as well as how to measure their results.

As America’s aging population increases, the damaging effects of urinary incontinence are projected to rise despite the fact that the condition is not a normal part of aging. Fortunately, there are ways to manage, and even cure, the condition. Physical therapists are well positioned to address the problem of UI, especially in the home health setting. This presentation will describe the PT’s role in identifying and developing a care plan to treat UI in the patient’s home.

All too often health care professionals consider CVA patients as a single group based on a diagnosis like “stroke.” In doing so, they often generalize rehabilitative techniques as well, which can hurt recovery and even lead to unnecessary risks and complications. Avoid these pitfalls by attending this session. It will present common clinical manifestations of stroke based on the affected region of the brain, discuss the implications for treatment strategies, and go over considerations for care and safety when interacting with patients. Learn about the clinical manifestations and special considerations for stroke patients.  

Most home care patients battle more than one condition, including behavioral health matters.  Are you sure your caregivers are properly addressing these circumstances?  Part of giving comprehensive care is having knowledge in both medical and psychiatric fields. This presentation will provide statistics on the prevalence of psychiatric issues among the home-bound elderly and explain why failure to identify or deal with these conditions affects compliance and outcomes. Learn how teaching your staff about behavioral problems can make a difference for both patients’ mental and physical health.

Learn how to control treatment costs through a chronic care management approach, including maintenance therapy. CMS validated the significance of chronic care management when Jimmo v.Sebelius was settled in 2013. By foregoing the requirement for patients to show medical or functional improvement, CMS opened the door for more effective disease management. Be part of this paradigm shift from acute to chronic care. Learn how to develop tools geared toward best practices and ADR audits, help your therapists make the shift, and get buy-in from stakeholders, whether their interest is clinical or financial, or for ACO or IAH (Independence at Home) projects.

This past June CMS issued a notice announcing its plan to implement a three-year Medicare pre-claim review demo for home health services in the five targeted states.  What is the rationale and construct of this demo project?  What are its implications? Learn what the home health pre-claim review demonstration project really means and what impact it will have on your agency and its operations. 

We are proud to have faculty speaking to specific conditions as well as to greater issues in our Clinical Track.  Click here to see the full lineup of educational programming for NAHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting, October 23-25 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida.




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