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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

Financial Education Sessions at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting

August 10, 2016 02:38 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will feature a variety of financial education sessions covering topics such as revenue cycle strategies in the era of value-based care to empowering frontline managers with combined financial and operational information.

How can you succeed on both the financial and clinical fronts? One way is empowering front-line managers by showing them the impact of their decisions. Learn how you can do this by enhancing your financial reports with operational data. This session will discuss entering operating statistics as one-sided journal entries into general ledger programs and define calculations that can be made on the face of the financials. We will also cover the way a monthly financial review meeting can boost accountability and help uncover hidden problems. We’ll put our own experiences upfront as we show you how an executive team can increase buy-in and accountability among front-line managers. You’ll come away with tips to put you in front of the pack. 

Learn to identify and understand the many requirements for completion of the hospice cost report. The new cost report will require substantial changes in accounting, financial reporting, and statistical accumulation. Hospices, along with those who prepare cost reports, need to begin planning by assessing their accumulated financial and statistical information, modifying procedures to ensure ongoing collection of this information, and strategizing to ensure that all the required information is available for the entire cost reporting year. Information used to prepare current reports does not suffice for accurate filings in the future. Get ready to meet the current requirements and prepare for even more revisions in payments for hospice care.

The advent of value-based purchasing doesn’t have to destabilize your agency. Embracing flexibility and revenue cycle strategies in the era of value-based purchasing is key to keeping your business model consumer-friendly and operationally sound.  In this case study, attendees will learn how to combine technology and claims management skills to reduce denials, improve collections, and get the flexibility that’s needed for success under HHVBP. 

Get on the road to successful episode management and five-star results. You can reach your destination through clinical and case conference models and real-time monitoring of clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, all of which matter in the new health care landscape. The value-based purchasing and five star rating systems are driven by clinical outcomes, process measures, and clinical performance with patients. Nurses who have the proper skill sets, mentoring, and effective supervision get good results and that leads to financial gains for your business. It pays to attend this session and learn about a best-practice model to manage visits, satisfy your patients, and make your agency shine.

Do you feel as though new rules and payment changes are threatening your cash flow and revenue cycle? There’s good reason since it’s becoming harder to manage cash flow while complying with regulations. In 2015, CMS implemented two key initiatives that affect home health — the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) and a “probe and educate initiative” related to face-to-face encounter requirements — both of which have led to millions in denied claims for home health. And hospice providers are not off the hook because this year CMS introduced substantial changes to the Medicare hospice payment with more to come. Other challenges relate to managing software systems and staff involved in the revenue cycle. Learn to manage cash, compliance and effectiveness in the revenue cycle smoothly. 

Learn about mergers acquisitions during the panel discussion on buying, selling, and valuing. Join M&A experts for a discussion of current market conditions: reduced Medicare reimbursement, health care reform, the growth of ACOs, the expansion of Medicaid, and changes in private pay. Learn about other key issues that play a key role in closing transactions — all in an open format that encourages Q&As. Our experts will tell you how to increase the value of your business and what information buyers will need before your initial offer. You’ll learn how a bottom line is arrived at for pricing purposes, the use of Medicare statistics to shape a buyer’s upfront interest, and the impact of location on valuation, along with automatic deal breakers. There is a wide range of issues to resolve when you negotiate a deal. With the right information, both sides can come out ahead

Please visit www.nahc.org to learn more information about the conference in general, or click here to start previewing the education sessions. With our new system, you can search by keyword to view all of the sessions pertaining to a specific topic, or you can do an Advanced Search and select a specific track.

 

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