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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

Legal and Regulatory Education Sessions at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting

August 12, 2016 10:32 AM

The educational programming at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will address the legislative and regulatory issues that will have the most significant impact on your agency. Industry experts will be conducting over a dozen education sessions covering legislative and regulatory topics. Get the information you need and answers to your questions.

Start previewing the education sessions. Remember that with our new system, searching by key word categories “legislative” and “regulatory” will produce a list of all of the sessions that cover these updates. You can also search by keyword for popular terms like “pre-claim review,” “Medicare,” “compliance,” “VBP,” and “face-to-face,” as well as by speaker. Click the star next to the title of your favorite sessions – these will sync with our phone app to create your personalized schedule for the conference.

Navigating the many Medicare benefits is tricky for professionals and even more so for patients and their families. In Medicare: Who Pays for What, When and Where, we will review benefits available in home health and other settings. We will describe the available Medicare plans and enrollment requirements for each one. We will also discuss the various services covered by each plan and requirements for eligibility, as well as provide a list of informational resources. By understanding all the options, you can better assist your patients during the time of admission, treatment, or discharge. Learn the ins and outs of Medicare so you can be in the know for patients who depend on you.

The Home Health Regulatory Round-up session, an Annual Meeting favorite, will inform attendees about the status of the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and policies that are of greatest concern to home health agencies. Hot topics will include: an update on the proposed HH PPS rate update for 2017,  F2F requirement, Probe and Educate activities, HH VBP pilot, and the IMPACT Act. During this session, an opportunity will be provided to attendees to discuss the challenges that they are facing.

Hear from CGS, the Medicare Administrative Contactor (MAC) for Jurisdiction 15 (J15). We process home health and hospice claims for providers in the primary states of Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. We also serve home health and hospice agencies in other states. This educational session will address recent and future changes in Medicare that have or will impact processing and payment of Medicare claims to home health and hospice agencies. We will also discuss common billing errors and resources for preventing and resolving these mistakes.

In addition, Palmetto GBA will present information regarding the most recent updates and changes in Medicare regulations. Participants will also learn about some available tools and resources that will enable them to better implement processes that ensure they comply with the rules.

Medicaid home care is transitioning to managed care known as Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). Concurrently, there is a nationwide rebalancing of Medicaid spending as more states shift their focus to home and community-based care and away from institutional care in nursing homes. Over $75 billion is spent annually on the various types of Medicaid home care. This program explores lessons learned in the first years of MLTSS about payment rate changes, use of services controls, audit practices, and network participation standards. 

NAHC invites you to join us and more than 2,500 home care and hospice colleagues in sunny Florida for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo. This year’s meeting offers three days of opportunities to learn, connect and discover with unparalleled access to distinguished speakers, hot-topic education sessions and dynamic networking opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit our world-class expo where over 200 specialists will showcase the latest in home care and hospice products and services.

To register and learn more click here.




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