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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

HHFMA Announces Speakers for Financial Management Conference

June 13, 2014 02:22 PM


For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424

Washington, DC (June 12, 2014) — The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) are pleased to announce the speakers for the 2014 Financial Management Conference & Exposition on July 13-15 in Chicago.

“We are honored and delighted to have some of the best financial experts and thought leaders in the field join us at the conference,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “This year’s speakers and faculty include noted experts from the home care and hospice industry and financial management consultants.”

On Monday, July 14, two general session panels will be held at the conference. The first general session, “HHFMA Leadership Panel — the Future Belongs to Home Care and Hospice” will include:

  • William J. Simione, Jr., BS, CPA, FHHA, CGMA, Founder, Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
  • William Bassett, BS, Chief Marketing Officer, Procura
  • Arnie Cisneros, PT, President, Home Health Strategic Management
  • Dexter Braff, MBA, MS, BS, President, The Braff Group
  • Marcylle Combs, RN, BS, CHCE, President, Foundation Management Services

The second general session, “The Views of Health Care Industry Stakeholders,” will include:

  • Moderator: Robert J. Simione, BS, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC

  • Tami Johnson, BS, MS, Division Vice President of Case Management Services, Nursing Center Division, Kindred Healthcare
  • Michael Murphy, BS, MBA, MSCEP, Managing Partner, Durango Health Partners
  • Joel J. Reich, MD, FACEP, MMM, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, Eastern Connecticut Health Network
  • Michael Swarzman, MA, MBA, Vice President, Clinical Services and Business Development, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Medicare Advantage and Managed Care” a special closing general session on Tuesday, July 15, will include:

  • Pat Laff, CPA, Managing Principal, Laff Associates
  • Paul Giles, BS, Director of Home Health Finance, Dignity Health Care
  • Christopher Attaya, MBA, FHFMA, Vice President of Business Intelligence, Strategic Healthcare Programs
  • Dawn Michelizzi, BS, Controller, VNA of Greater Philadelphia

The conference will address the opportunities and challenges ahead for the industry. With key features of the Affordable Care Act starting to take effect, there has never been a more important time to learn about the best financial management moves. A variety of educational sessions and drill-down workshops will boost your skills in arenas that range from cost controls to revenue enhancement and strategic planning.

Attendees will earn continuing education credits while industry leaders share what has worked for them and give advice on navigating the future landscape of home care. This year, conference attendees can hear from the best in four targeted tracks; home health, hospice, leadership, and changing health care delivery. They’ll learn how to boost their bottom line despite tighter reimbursement, pick up the latest information on home health cost containment strategies, and get tools to forecast their strategic planning needs.

Attendees can also expand their knowledge in two pre-conference sessions. At the Hospice Summer Camp, they can hone the skills needed to manage hospice operations, and at the Home Health Summer Camp, they can explore the diverse world of home care finance.

Click here for more information on the Financial Management Conference and for a list of faculty members and speakers.
About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit

The Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) is a professional organization which brings together individuals who work for consulting, planning, management, financial or CPA firms along with the Chief Financial Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Chief Executive Officers who are employed by the nation’s 25,000 home care agencies and hospices. To learn more about HHFMA, visit




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