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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 Announces Day-Long, Intensive Educational Program on Home Health Value Based Purchasing with State Association Partners in Nine States

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced that it will be offering a new educational program on the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Pilot (HHVBP) program with its state association partners in each of the nine states. The educational program will start taking place in some locations in March 2016, with others in April 2016.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun its HHVBP program as outlined in the Final Rule issued as part of the 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment rule. Home health agencies in the nine states will be competing against one another for payment bonuses and payment reductions. Starting this year, agencies will have the opportunity to qualify for a bonus payment of up to 3 percent and rising to 8 percent over the next five years. However, agencies are also at risk for payment reductions in the same 3 – 8 percent range if their performance is below average. Previous NAHC Report coverage regarding the HHVBP program is available here, here and here.

“The words Value Based Purchasing mean that the way Medicare pays home health is being radically changed. The stated intention is to reward quality. While we appreciate this intent, we at NAHC are working with the nine states that are part of the CMS demonstration program and offering seminars to help our members understand what this means. We also want to ensure that this change fulfills its promise of making things better for patients and providers and does not deteriorate into a bald effort to cut spending across the board for the entire home health community,” said Denise Schrader, Chairman of the Board.

“I am pleased to see all nine State Associations who are part of the CMS Value Based Purchasing pilot project are working with NAHC to provide essential and timely information to our members about how they can survive and thrive under this new reimbursement scheme. We all stand to learn a great deal which we can use to influence related legislation in Congress and the final regulations that CMS intends to issue in the future,” said Jane Kelly, Chairman of the NAHC Forum of State Associations.

The program includes these sessions:

I. Overview of the design and composition of HHVBP

II. How to Design and Implement an HHVBP Strategic Plan

III. Establishing Essential Data Dashboards for HHVBP



  • Integrating data/measures into performance
  • Best practices strategies
  • Prioritization of changes


  • Establishing benchmarks for performance
  • Assignment of resources/budgeting
  • Return on Investment (ROI) prioritization

V. HHVBP Open Forum

Panelists from the state joining with faculty presenting best HHVBP practices in an interactive session

Continuing Education Credits:
6.0 CEs are being offered to Nurses.  This continuing nursing education activity was approved by  the Maryland Nurses Association an accredited  by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  The Maryland Association and the American Nurses Credential Center Commission on Accreditation does not imply endorsement of any product, service or company referred to in this activity.

Continuing Professional Education Credits available for Accountants: 6.0 Accounting CPEs (NASBA/SKA)

Date/location Cosponsor Website

March 3, 2016
Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center at AHHC | Raleigh, NC

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, Inc.

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March 8, 2016
Loyola Graduate Center, Columbia, MD
Maryland National Capital Homecare Association More Information
March 10, 2016
Somers Auditorium,
Burien, WA
Home Care Association of Washington More Information
March 16, 2016
Cornhusker Marriott,
Lincoln, Nebraska
Nebraska Home Care Association More Information
March 22, 2016
Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Home Care Association of Florida More Information

March 23, 2016
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista,
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Home Care Association of Florida More Information
April 13, 2016
MHA Conference Center, Burlington, Massachusetts
Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts More Information
April 17, 2016
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel, Franklin, Tennessee
 Tennessee Association for Home Care, Inc. More Information
April 27, 2016
IHCA ICAL Education Center, West Des Moines, Iowa
 Iowa Health Care Association More Information
April 26, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Association for Home Care More Information
Iowa Alliance in Home Care More Information



The faculty come from the NAHC Board of Directors, NAHC Staff and the leading home care consulting and data analytics groups in the country. They include:



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