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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

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 91 Defendants with $295 Million False Billing

Largest Single Strike Force Takedown
September 12, 2011 05:34 PM


For additional information:

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

WASHINGTON D.C. (September 12, 2011) – In a coordinated action in eight cities, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 91 defendants with various Medicare fraud schemes totaling approximately $295 million in alleged false billing.  The Department of Justice described this as “the highest amount of false Medicare billings in a single takedown in Strike Force history.” The services involved durable medical equipment (DME), physical and occupational therapy, mental health services, psychotherapy, HIV infusion, and home health care. 

“We commend the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, a joint Department of Justice-Department of Health & Human Services operation in conjunction with state and local law enforcement, for their efforts to take action against those who commit Medicare fraud,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).  “We agree that our policy must be zero tolerance for those who would steal from the public purse and thus undermine the care being provided to aged and infirm, disabled and dying Americans.”

Indictments were issued in Miami, Houston, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas and Brooklyn against an array of professionals, including physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals, as well as against various providers. The defendants were charged with conspiracy to defraud Medicare, health care fraud, violations of the anti-kickback law, and money laundering.  Kickback allegations included payments to patient recruiters, Medicare beneficiaries, and others for beneficiary information so that the providers could bill Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary or not furnished. For more information about the indictments, see the Department of Justice press release:

Halamandaris served in both the House of Representatives and Senate where he authored anti-fraud legislation that created the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health & Human Services as well as state Medicaid fraud units. He also led investigations on health care fraud against the elderly.  These abuses still go on today.  Halamandaris observes: “If the allegations are true, these charges reflect totally inappropriate behavior that impugns the reputation of the vast majority of caring and law-abiding Medicare providers, makes it harder for such honest providers to compete, and steals funds that are otherwise available to Medicare beneficiaries in need of services.  NAHC supports the efforts of law enforcement to rid the Medicare program of providers who engage in such illegal conduct.” 

Several state home care associations, spearheaded by the Michigan Home Health Association, have taken an active role with the HEAT task forces, providing information and insight to law enforcement agencies in their efforts to quickly target fraud, waste, and abuse. This partnering is just one strong indication as to how the home care community leads in improving Medicare and Medicaid program integrity.  In the recent reforms to health care fraud laws, NAHC succeeded in getting enacted numerous provisions that help guard and preserve Medicare and Medicaid, such as stricter provider participation standards. "We have helped bring in many improvements to program integrity so far. Continuing our close working relationship with the enforcement agencies will go a long way to further eliminating those bad providers who harm us all," stated Halamandaris. 

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a joint Department of Justice-Department of Health & Human Services operation in conjunction with state and local law enforcement. It is part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) Initiative. You can see the enforcement activity in your state by checking, and click on “HEAT Task Force in Your Area.”

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 each year to some 10 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC is committed to excellence in every respect and provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care. To learn more about NAHC, visit




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