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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

Policy Information

Continuing Education for Nurses and Accountants

This provider directed, continuing nursing education activity has been submitted to the Maryland Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours.  The Maryland Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The approval code is: N13-10-1031-1002 for 21.0 CE credits. The Maryland Nurses Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation does not endorse sponsor services or products. For questions, contact the Maryland Nurses Association at (410) 944-5800 or

NAHC  is also approved by the California Board of Nursing, Provider number 10810. Many states have reciprocity and will accept the contact hours for education programs.

NAHC  is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors (Sponsor ID #104616). In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits are based on a 50-minute hour. CPAs may earn up to 19.0 CPEs for this group live program. State boards of accountancy have final authority on acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue  North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN  37219-2417 or by visiting the website

Continuing Education for Physical Therapists

This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 12 CEUs. The sponsor will issue a CEU certificate upon completion of the course. A record of CEUs earned will be retained by the sponsor. The following are therapy sessions:  202, 302, 402, 502, 710.

Continuing Education for Social Workers

Board of Behavioral Sciences courses (BBS approval number PCE 5251) with the exception of  Marketing & Business Development, meets the qualification for 19 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886588910-2125) for social worker continuing education contact hours. You must be present for the entire program to earn continuing education hours. No partial credit can be given. NASW has approved 19 credits. Note: California and Michigan do not accept NASW credits.

Fields of Study

  • Fields of Study is indicated following the CPE information for all accounting accredited sessions. The CPE Fields of Study curriculum is divided into 23 subject matter areas. They are: Accounting, Accounting (Governmental), Auditing, Auditing (Governmental), Administrative Practice, Social Environment of Business, Regulatory Ethics, Business Law, Business Management and Organization.
  • Finance, Management Advisory Services, Marketing, Behavioral Ethics, Communications, Personal Development, Personnel/HR, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Production, Specialized Knowledge and Applications, Statistics and Taxes. These fields represent the primary knowledge and skill areas needed by accounting licensees to perform professional services in all fields of employment.
  • Prerequisite or advance preparation is not required for education sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition.

CE Magnetic Stickers and Certificate Procedures

Your registration materials will include an RFID sticker attached to your name badge. To obtain CE credits, scan the sticker as you enter your desired sessions. Certificates will be available to participants following the conference at Please note the following CE policies:

  • Name badges must be scanned before going into a session.
  • Attendees must scan AND sign the sign-in sheet at each session to receive proper credits.
  • To be eligible for CE credits, you must attend the entire session and submit an evaluation.
  • You will not be eligible for CE credits if you arrive for the session more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.
  • If you exit the session prior to its conclusion, you will not be eligible for CE credits.
  • CEs will be available online shortly after the completion of the conference.


The planners and sponsors of this conference claim neither liability for the acts of any suppliers to this meeting, nor for the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. The sponsors reserve the right to cancel this function or portions of it without penalty. The total amount of any liability of the planners and sponsor will be limited to a refund of the registration fee. Your registration acknowledges acceptance of these provisions of registration for listed attendees and your company.

2013 Sponsors

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