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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

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

August 26, 2016 06:33 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 are having the most significant impact on your agency. Industry experts will be conducting over a dozen education sessions covering hospice and palliative care topics and as an attendee you’ll have the opportunity to network with peers – sharing challenges and success stories. 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 “hospice” and “palliative” will produce a list of all of the sessions that cover these updates. You can also search by keyword for popular terms like “surveys,” “CAHPS,” “CoPs,” “end-of-life,” and “partners,” as well 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.

Healthy Growth in a Changing Environment will discuss how the current trends in hospital closings and agency consolidations are changing how hospices can expect to grow their businesses.  Having a solid understanding of regulatory updates in payments, outcomes and quality requirements, and updates to the Medicare hospice benefit will strengthen your operations strategies and pave the way to better business development.

Hospices are now being surveyed at least every 36 months for a CMS recertification survey, thanks to the IMPACT Act. There is tension in operations with needing to be prepared for surveys at all times – 2015 revealed record-breaking deficiencies per survey. Learn how to operate Beyond Survey Preparedness and into Survey Success by integrating a survey-readiness program.

Dealing with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup is back by popular demand.   This two-part educational session is the ideal opportunity to ask experts from NAHC and its affiliate, the Hospice Association of America, about regulatory issues confronting providers and what may be coming down the pike. Discussions about hospice policy are underway in Congress, as well as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC] and oversight bodies.

Designing Hospital-based Units to Fill in the Gaps could be the missing link in your care continuum. You can learn from this case study how to create a seamless care continuum that is comfortable to elderly patients, their families, and their caregivers, while at the same time accommodating  the patient’s advances in age and conditions. This session will present the business case for hospital-based hospice units, the challenges of designing for the aged and how to integrate supportive design features into other settings.

Increasingly, strategic referral partners for home health and hospice are showing a strong interest in palliative care services. With the prospect of narrowing networks, palliative care may become an important distinguishing mark, if not a requirement, for agencies that wish to partner with health systems, physician networks and/or commercial payors. Palliative Care – A Key To Strategic Partnerships will focus on examples of palliative care programs that home care providers are creating to meet the needs of these key strategic partners. Learn what agencies and their referral partners have to say about the challenges and rewards of setting up these programs, with a focus on the issue of how much to customize programs to suit individual partners’ specific need.

As home care and hospice build new community-based programs, they must position themselves with population health programs and partner with payors on new reimbursement models. At Innovations in Community-Based Advanced Illness Care: A Population Health Approach, you will hear about an innovative community-based program providing advanced illness management [AIM] to a Medicare Advantage population. The presenters will discuss considerations for organizations interested in developing AIM programs that enable them to move beyond “fee for service” and traditional care models. Population health offer opportunities for agencies that develop new skills and infrastructures for delivering care and you can become one of them by attending this session. Learn how to contract with new partners to serve their members; use claims data for patient selection; employ risk stratification to guide care management; and measure outcomes to show quality of care and return on investment.

Palliative care is driving outcomes for home health and hospice as value-based payment takes hold. In Palliative Care: Prepare to Integrate Your Organization and Get Value-Based Outcomes you will learn how this emerging care model can improve your agency’s practice and ability to provide a continuum of care across multiple business lines or via partnerships. This session includes operational and financial metrics from a case study of CarePoint, a nurse-practitioner-led program that provides collaborative medical support to patients in managing progressive illness. CarePoint’s experience demonstrates that early use of palliative care prevents futile treatments, reduces cost and enhances lives. If you are struggling to determine how to integrate palliative care into your business, attend this session and see how CarePoint’s program produces quality outcomes, yields new revenue sources and integrates care across its divisions.




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