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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

Heath 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

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

Ebola Task Force Resources

Barbara Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V

Statement Regarding Ebola Task Force, Appointment of Barbara Citarella, and summary of action taken by NAHC on Ebola

On Thursday, October 16, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris forwarded a letter to Director Frieden at CDC headquarters regarding the needs of the home care and hospice community in securing guidance from CDC on appropriate protocol relative to Ebola for home care workers.  The letter was hand delivered to Secretary Burwell at CMS.

In addition, Barbara Citarella, President of RBC Limited, and Mary Goldrick, Home Care and Hospice Consultant Specialist in Infection Control, extended their presentations at the NAHC Annual Meeting and Exhibition to include current and vital information for home care and hospice providers on Ebola. 

On Monday, October 20, NAHC Chairman of the Board Andrea Devoti announced the creation of an Ebola Task Force, chaired by infection control expert Barbara Citarella to work on insuring that the home care and hospice community have the resources they need to deal with Ebola. 

Barbara Citarella has over 25 years of experience and is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership and disaster preparedness.  She is a recognized expert in the area of home care and hospice disaster planning, and specializes in emergency disaster planning, and bioterrorism.   She provides education to law enforcement and government agencies, health care providers, private sector, first responders, national and state associations in all aspects of disaster preparedness.

Barbara has worked with NAHC to identify key reliable information and resources which will be made available and updated on the website of the NAHC.  The task force will identify education and information vital to home care and hospice workers on Ebola, and help providers to identify optimal information and action.

Ebola Resources

CDC Statement on September 21, 2015 excelthumb
35 U.S. hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers webthumb
NIAID/GSK experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe, prompts immune response webthumb
Ebola Information for West Africans Living in the United States excelthumb
How to Talk with your Children about Ebola excelthumb
An Ebola Update for Home Care and Hospice Providers excelthumb

Is it Flu or Ebola? Side by Side Comparison — CDC Flyer


EBOLA: AM I AT RISK? Palm Card — CDC Flyer

Ebola: What’s the difference between infections spread through the air or by droplets? — CDC Flyer excelthumb
Reducing Your Risk of Ebola while Traveling — CDC Flyer excelthumb

Ebola Virus Disease: CDC Slides for U.S. Healthcare Workers

Ebola Education Session - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Demonstration video

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights
BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations

In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is providing a bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of patients’ health information (protected health information) but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes.

OCR’s bulletin on HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations excelthumb
Additional guidance on HIPAA in Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response webthumb


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