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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

Provider Membership Benefits

Provider membership in NAHC is open to organizations whose primary purpose is to deliver health and supportive services directly to the sick and disabled in their homes. The benefits NAHC offers Provider members give a competitive edge. To join or renew online please go here. To download a Provider Membership application, click here.

Provider Member Benefits include:
  1. Expert Advice is Only One Phone Call Away
  2. Expert Advice from the Center for Health Care Law
  3. NAHC Legislative Experts Fight for Your Interests before Congress and the White House
  4. Research to Operate More Efficiently
  5. The Latest Information and In-depth Analysis
  6. Business Savings
  7. Professional Certification and Accreditation
  8. Discounts on all NAHC Meetings and Conferences
  9. Web Events
  10. Home Care & Hospice Agency Locator
  11. Career Center
  12. Complimentary Membership in NAHC's Affiliate Organizations
  13. International Organizations
  14. Networking
  15. Set the Direction of the Association and Shape the Destiny of the Entire Community

Expert Advice is Only One Phone Call Away

NAHC's dedicated team of experts is constantly tracking the latest trends and developments affecting home care and hospice. NAHC members are able to tap into this vital information at their convenience, giving them a competitive advantage over nonmembers. Whether it's a legal, regulatory, financial, or legislative question, NAHC has the expert ready to answer members' specific concerns.

Expert Advice from the Center for Health Care Law

The Center for Health Care Law is like the cavalry charging to your legal rescue. Under the leadership of William A. Dombi, the Center provides NAHC members with free legal advice to understand the laws governing home care and hospice agencies, and discounted legal services for more complex needs. If you need a legal team to fight at your side, there is none better than the staff of the Center for Health Care Law.

NAHC Legislative Experts Fight for Your Interests before Congress and the White House

NAHC is the leading voice for home care and hospice before Congress and the White House, fighting for your interests around the clock. With an uncommon ability to marshall resources and forge coalitions, NAHC approaches legislative advocacy with a broad perspective. The association is guided by President Val J. Halamandaris, with over 35 years experience on Capitol Hill.

Research to Operate More Efficiently

In today's cost-conscious environment, there is no more important element than data in keeping one's agency ahead of the pack. NAHC's dedicated team of researchers is constantly benchmarking the field to better track the latest trends and developments affecting home care and hospice. NAHC members are able to tap into this vital information at their convenience, giving them a competitive advantage over nonmembers.

The Latest Information and In-depth Analysis

One thing NAHC does, and does it fast, is getting members the latest, most accurate news as soon as it happens-sometimes before the information is public. NAHC staff is involved in shaping policy with government agencies overseeing home care and hospice, gathering news and background information on everything that affects you. NAHC keeps its members ahead of the curve on all issues through several sources:

NAHC Report, a daily e-newsletter, offers the latest information on legislation, regulations, litigation, and general news affecting home care and hospice. NAHC members receive a electronic version sent to them in their e-mail, with access to the full text of each article on NAHC's web site.

CARING magazine, NAHC's award-winning monthly, presents in-depth reviews of the latest home care and hospice trends, technology, and issues.

NAHC's Member Network ListServ (Provider Members Only), an online forum for providers monitored by NAHC's experts, gives you instant access to colleagues from across the country. Giving NAHC members a quick and easy method to communicate with each other, just ask a question and receive advice from others in the field.

Business Savings

NAHC assists its members by arranging discounts and group purchasing agreements for products and services every agency uses on a daily basis. Some members recoup the cost of their NAHC membership just from the following savings:

NAHC Publications: NAHC is always striving to ease the daily burdens of home care providers and hospices. One way NAHC provides assistance is through our extensive list of resources - publications, manuals, and videos, to name a few. All publications and resources are created by home care and hospice experts with the mission of providing you with the information you need in an easy-to-use format. NAHC's resources provide the latest information, trends, and developments, with all items designed to keep your staff on the cutting edge. Subject areas covered include administrative and financial, Medicare, clinical, hospice, home care aide, and novelty items.

NAHC Video Production Department: NAHC's in-house Video Production Department stands ready with reduced rates for members' video needs. NAHC can lower the high cost of producing your own video projects. Our team of specialists can create professional videos to use in promoting your agency on television, in meetings, or to potential customers. The Video Department will sit down with you, put together a script, and create a commercial - all at a substantial savings.

Professional Certification and Accreditation

As a NAHC member, you are able to tap into a special resource created to uphold and promote the values, standards, and essence of home care's rich heritage. NAHC seeks to create and promote excellence in home care and hospice education, credentialing and research for the advancement of home care and the betterment of society. To accomplish these goals, NAHC conducts accreditation programs, certification programs, workshops, distance learning courses, and online learning tutorials through Relias Learning Management System.

Certified Home/Hospice Care Executive (CHCE): CHCE certification is available to eligible individuals in home care/hospice leadership positions. This includes executives and managers in provider organizations and those serving in related organizations such as consultants, accreditation and regulatory surveyors, and state home care associations. Certification is a sign of commitment to your profession as a home care or hospice executive. It communicates pride in your work and dedication to being fully versed in all of the areas of executive management required to effectively run a home care or hospice agency.

Agency Accreditation: It is essential to establish standards that provide a framework on which to build a quality private duty organization. This framework, based on standards, will ultimately contribute to consumer protection for those served by the private duty home care organizations. This is exactly what is happening within many states right now: the need to put some type of standards in place with possible regulation by the state legislation.

The accreditation process requires an organization to undertake a comprehensive self examination of all aspects of the business. This is accomplished through a self study which serves as a detailed check list for compliance with the standards.

With rapid growth and new business opportunities in private pay home care services, the basic values of home care’s rich heritage must be upheld from the business plan to the daily operations of service delivery to the clients and families. These values include caring, ethics in business, lifelong learning, leadership through service, and promotion of health and independence and peaceful death.

More information on the process and requirements can be found here.

Discounts on all NAHC Meetings and Conferences

One of the best opportunities for professional and personal development is at NAHC's conferences and meetings. Each event is planned with you in mind, examining issues, trends, and recent developments affecting you. With most events offering continuing education for nurses and accountants, NAHC's meetings and conferences provide for an uplifting gathering for caring professionals from around the country. NAHC members will receive discounts on all these meetings, including:

  • NAHC Private Duty Home Care Leadership Summit & Exposition
  • March on Washington & Exposition
  • Home Care Financial Management Conference & Exposition
  • NAHC's Annual Meeting  & Exposition

At the largest gathering of home care and hospice professionals, attendees have a unique opportunity to network with their peers from around the United States and the world, hear pre-eminent professional speakers, and participate in cutting edge educational programs. An important component of the Annual Meeting is the Exposition, displaying state-of-the-art goods, services, and technology from hundreds of home care and hospice vendors. A highlight of every Annual Meeting is the inspirational speakers who excite the entire Meeting during the daily General Sessions.

Web Events

NAHC conducts webinars/teleconference throughout the year. In the convenience of your office, NAHC brings to you the experts and specialists on home care and hospice to provide insights on the latest trends and developments. To participate, all you need is a computer or telephone. You can invite as many of your staff into a conference room to benefit from the presentation. Members are informed of scheduled Web Events through NAHC Report, and posting on the NAHC Member Network listserv.

Home Care & Hospice Agency Locator

Find the right provider through the Home Care and Hospice Agency Locator. The Agency Locator contains the most comprehensive database of more than 33,000 home care and hospice agencies. NAHC members get FREE enhanced listings! Visit to update you information.

Career Center

Are you looking for a CEO, administrator, occupational therapist, or home care aide? NAHC members are able to recruit great new employees through the Career Center, an on-line recruitment resource. Receiving nearly 2,000 hits per month, the Home Care Job Exchange is the most useful recruitment medium for home care providers and hospices. NAHC members are able to list available positions at an incredible discount.

Complimentary Membership in NAHC's Affiliate Organizations

NAHC established several unincorporated affiliates, whose mission is to provide issue-specific advocacy in those areas. Each affiliate provides a forum for a segment of the home care and hospice community interested in a common set of issues, connecting those individuals for the promotion of the affiliate's specific issues and to share information amongst themselves. NAHC members are able to join any of the following affiliates at no additional cost:

  • Pediatric Home Care Association of America
  • Home Care Aide Association of America
  • Voluntary Home Care Association of America
  • National Association for Physicians in Home Care
  • Hospital Home Care Association of America
  • Proprietary Home Care Association of America
  • Private Duty HomeCare Association
  • Hospice Association of America
  • Home Care Technology Association of America

International Organizations

Providers around the world are developing new approaches and new concepts to serve patients in the home and, with a NAHC membership, you can tap into their approaches. NAHC members receive free reciprocal membership in the Canadian Home Care Association and the European Association of Care and Help at Home. Also, NAHC members receive a reduced membership rate in the World Homecare and Hospice Organization (WHHO), a dynamic network of global leaders and organizations dedicated to the interests of all patients, providers, home care associations, public and private sector agencies, hospices, and personal services practitioners. Sharing new ideas is a great opportunity to review your current operations and procedures to insure you are conducting business in the most efficient and cost-conscious way.


NAHC provides the home care and hospice community with a number of different methods to network with their colleagues, comparing notes on what strategies and programs worked and which approaches were counter-productive. This communication makes it easier for NAHC members to care for and provide higher quality services to their patients. NAHC often hears how uplifted members were following conversation with their peers through vehicles provided by NAHC. From a small gathering to a large meeting, NAHC is connecting the home care and hospice community together to share common experiences with one another.

Set the Direction of the Association and Shape the Destiny of the Entire Community

NAHC is an ideal shared by home care and hospice professionals across the country-providing the highest quality of care for each patient as if they were a loved one. NAHC is a unique membership-driven organization, where the direction and focus is set by members, not staff. Each member is encouraged to volunteer their insights and expertise to benefit all members. NAHC members are setting the course for the entire home care and hospice community by setting the direction of the leader—NAHC.

For questions about Membership, please call NAHC membership services at 202-547-7424, or send an email to

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