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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

A New Approach to Education at the 2017 NAHC Annual Meeting

February 16, 2017 03:05 PM

In anticipation of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Meeting and Exposition, NAHC staff has begun planning for one of the meeting’s most important pieces: education.

With the intent of meeting members and other prospective attendees needing to keep up with industry changes and demands, NAHC has incorporated innovative ideas to tailor education to an ever-changing home care and hospice landscape. One of the biggest changes from years past is direct involvement of members in the education development. NAHC issued a survey to members and past conference attendees to gauge interest in a variety of topics and invite people to participate in education development committees. Over the past two weeks NAHC staff has been engaging in discussions with these committees to evaluate hot topics, new regulations, and impending legislative changes in home health and hospice and lay the groundwork for the 2017 Annual Meeting education sessions. Board members, Forum of State Association members and NAHC members responding to a survey asking for volunteers all participated. This approach to developing education content for the annual meeting has proven effective and popular among the committee members, as it will be responsive to the collective needs of consultants, vendors, and providers on the front lines of care.

Some of the issues we expected to hear about include sharing practical strategies for navigating pre-claim review in its pilot states, developing emergency preparedness programs per the new provision, managing the face-to-face mandate, and how to prepare for the new home health conditions of participation (HHCoPs) that will go into effect in July of 2017. Even prior to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Annual Meeting attendance for regulation education in the “legal & regulatory” and “management & leadership” tracks was nearly twice that of other tracks. With popular [general] consensus in mind, our NAHC-staffed oversight committee has done away with the traditional tracks and the even distribution of sessions therein.  This year, we’ll be incorporating proportionally appropriate offerings sessions without the bounds of past tracks, and while we knew compliance codes like these would dominate the conversations, we were pleasantly surprised by some of the other points discussed in the committees and mentioned in our survey.

The caregiver shortage so many of us have seen coming is starting to put the squeeze on agencies of all sizes and in all regions.  Recruitment, retention, and recovery tactics are steadily climbing the triage list of agency priorities, and the education committees have compiled a variety of creative, technological, strategies as well as some new spins on traditional methods.  How do you support staff morale in an industry of constant change and pressure?  Many agencies are also struggling to facilitate better staff relationships between clinicians and business management.

The education committee is also considering including a selection of poster sessions – quick and easy ways to pick up tips and network with people who are eager to share their solutions.  As always, NAHC is looking for the best way to serve our members and continue improving our services. Continuing education is an integral piece of the home health and hospice puzzle.  As such, we will continue to evaluate for improvements, redevelopment, and new means to deliver so you will be up to date with current trends, laws, and regulations.

 

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