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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

What Secretary Tom Price Told the Senate about Home Health Issues

February 21, 2017 04:00 PM

The new Secretary of Health and Human Services is former Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a Republican and medical doctor. Secretary Price testified at length to the Senate Finance Committee late last month and NAHC has compiled the views he expressed on home health issues during that testimony.

On ensuring states have sufficient resources to fund home-and-community-based services:

PRICE: “As with any program or initiative relying on states, the central question for the state is often one of funding. If confirmed, I would work to see that the Department is a helpful resource to the states with respect to these services at least by providing clarity regarding their flexibility, technical assistance and support as needed, and sharing best practices.”

On directing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to encourage states to expand home-and-community based services:

PRICE: “Every state is unique in their specific approach to the provision of services for the population eligible to receive HCBS, and we stand ready to assist states as they develop strategies to meet their particular goals.”

On addressing the many problems caused by the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) in Illinois:

PRICE: “The topic of improper payments is one of concern in the Medicare program – both overpayments and in some cases underpayments. Tackling them requires close support for the payment integrity team within CMS and close cooperation with the Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Justice. But it also involves a definition of scope and a prioritization – which improper payments are ones that reflect services not rendered and which involve a missing signature on a form. With that prioritization in mind, I am hopeful we can align resources to those areas of highest risk.

“As to the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD), if confirmed, I would be pleased to work with you to address your concerns. For example, we may want to explore the experience of the Prior Authorization of Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport demonstration to understand if there are applicable lessons for PCRD or vice-versa.”

On capping or block granting Medicaid and how much it would save the federal government:

PRICE: “Every state has different demographic, budgetary, and policy concerns that shape their approach to Medicaid. That is one of the reasons I devoted so much time to working with states to help them to identify creative solutions, and why I believe a one-size-fits-all approach is not workable for a country as diverse as the United States. Of course, the specifics of any particular proposal to provide more flexibility to states will determine its budgetary consequence.”

On pay for home care workers paid through the Medicaid program:

PRICE: “I agree it is important to provide those who care for our most vulnerable total compensation that reflects the important work they do. In many cases, this compensation may include more than wages and could, depending e.g. on housing prices, be significantly more than the number given ($13,000 per year).”

On using federal power to advance fair pay and advancement for home care workers:

PRICE: “If confirmed, I would be pleased to work with you to explore such options. One potential issue is to ensure that such workers are not somehow considered state employees and therefore subject to unique requirements and diversions from income that relate to that labor workforce. Another longer term situation is to empower patients, as the ultimate recipient of these services to make choices regarding providers of these services that leads to a competitive market for higher performing workers who satisfy customers.”

On making a rural Medicare beneficiary’s home as an eligible originating site for the use of telehealth services:

PRICE: “This is certainly something that we will take under consideration. Telehealth holds great promise, particularly for rural areas experiencing physician shortages and for patients with limited mobility. At the same time, allowing a beneficiary’s home to qualify as an eligible originating site could create significant Program Integrity challenges. If confirmed, I will certainly direct CMS to take another look at this issue to ensure we are doing everything we can to maximize beneficiary access to care with appropriate safeguards against fraud.”

On using HHS authority to lower barriers for telehealth and remote patient monitoring in Medicare:

PRICE: “I share your interest in promoting telehealth. Telehealth can provide innovative means of making healthcare more flexible and patient-centric. Innovation within the telehealth space could help to expand access within rural and underserved areas. If confirmed, I look forward to continued discussions on telehealth, including on the best means to offer patients increased access, greater control and more choices that fit their medical needs.”




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