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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

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

September 7, 2016 01:57 PM

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 “Innovation,” “Revenue,” “Value-Based Purchasing,” “Patient Engagement,” and “Palliative,” 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.

At-Home Health Care of Sparta, Illinois provides superior patient outcomes, using less clinician time. The rise of Value-Based Purchasing means the demands of controlling costs while still providing excellent care will only grow more strenuous. Prepare yourself for the new health care model with Getting Ready for the New Health System: A Simple Strategy for Delivering Better Care at Less Cost.

Value-based purchasing means Medicare will base a portion of payments on patients’ experience with their clinicians, so this session – Improving OASIS Accuracy and VBP Rank: Targeting Clinician Behavior to Raise Your Scores – will review the specific practices that affect quality scores. We have the tips you need to raise your value-based purchasing rank.

Controlling and preventing infections is a critical part of home care and new proposed conditions of participation [CoP] will set standards of prevention, control and education. Infection Prevention and Control: How to Meet the Conditions of Participation for Home Health will help you get ready for the new CoP by teaching you to design and implement a program to protect patients from infections in their homes.

Hardwiring Practices to Redefine the Standard of Care at Home is all about real-world methods of efficiently managing patient care to achieve superior results while increasing episode reimbursement. We will discuss the benefits of training and the elements of cost-effective, but attentive care at home.

The new CMS program of value-based purchasing means health care payments are now linked to better patient outcomes. The successful home care organizations of the future will be those constantly working to improve the quality of care. In Home Health Value-Based Purchasing: 2016 and Beyond, you will get an overview of HHVBBP and how to prepare for it from Partners HealthCare at Home of Massachusetts, a state where the CMS is now testing the value-based purchasing model. Learn how they prepared for the future and how they plan to improve their performance.

The Clinical Detective: Finding Clues that Help Patients Heal will let you look through the eyes of a “clinical detective” as she identifies clues in the home to help make a complete OASIS assessment. This interactive session will use an actual “patient” to demonstrate how home health providers can spot potential problems, make more accurate assessments, and encourage patients to help manage their conditions. Expect to be entertained and informed.

Get tips and strategies on how to comply with regulations in Assessing Your Agency for Regulatory Compliance. We will conduct a mock survey and perform a clinical review to prevent common deficiencies.

In Stabilizing Function: Effective Use of Therapy Services to Reduce Hospitalizations you will learn tips on using therapy programs to improve patient outcomes in hospice and palliative care programs.




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