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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

NAHC 2.0 Means a Stronger, Smarter NAHC to Fight for You!

August 23, 2017 01:58 PM

NAHC_2-0_SquareMembers of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) may have heard or read the term “NAHC 2.0” in recent days and we want to explain what it means to you, our members, and everyone else in home care and hospice.

Put simply, Project NAHC 2.0 is the design and development of the next generation of NAHC, so that we can better serve our members and the millions of Americans who depend on home care and hospice.

Some things won’t change; NAHC staffers like Theresa Forster and Mary Carr will still be providing the most timely and insightful analysis of each new policy twist and turn that can affect your business. You have told us you value our expertise highly and that won’t change. Other things will change, though, because the new home care and hospice landscape demands it.

“Much has changed since NAHC was formed in 1982,” says NAHC Chair Denise Schrader. “NAHC needs to assess what it is and how it serves our members within an ever-changing health care delivery system… NAHC must not only keep pace with these changes, it must help lead them as care in the home is the perfect fit for solving health care delivery and financing concerns.”

DombiTo begin Project NAHC 2.0, the executive committee of NAHC’s Board of Directors met on August 3, 2017 and named former Vice President for Law Bill Dombi the interim President of NAHC. The choice provides NAHC a steady and experienced hand at the tiller, as Mr. Dombi has been involved in virtually every regulatory and legal development in home care and hospice, from the Medicare home health benefit to the hospice benefit to the Medicare PPS for home health, and many more.

However, Mr. Dombi is focused now on the future and has begun a strategic reorganization of NAHC to make it more responsive to members and a better advocate for home care and hospice in Washington, D.C. Working with Mr. Dombi is Andrea Devoti, now promoted to executive vice president. Like Bill Dombi, Andrea is a household name in home care and hospice, having served for 18 years as President and CEO of Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc. in Pennsylvania.

Andrea_DeVoti-2011-PicMs. Devoti commissioned a group of NAHC members to help her completely re-design NAHC education and provide a Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo in October of this year that will be like no other conference in the industry, and promises to be the best NAHC meeting in many years. In keeping with NAHC’s renewed commitment to be more responsive to its members, this will be a conference for you because it was designed by you! Education at your Conference has been revamped to focus only on the important topics and to give you more time to network with colleagues from around the country and even relax a bit.

The theme for this year’s Conference is Quality and first and foremost we at NAHC will be applying this to ourselves. Everyone at NAHC is redoubling their efforts to give more attention to quality and detail and putting the needs of you, the members, foremost in our minds. If you have had any questions or doubts about NAHC in the past, we urge you to get in touch with us and/or our Board of Directors and give us a few moments to explain what NAHC 2.0 can do for you and your business.

After all, in the end, the new NAHC is not about us, it’s about you. And we’re going to prove it.




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