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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


2014 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition Faculty Policy & Procedures

Faculty Documents Link
Individual Activity Educational Planning Table wotdthumb
Individual Activity Biographical and Conflict of Interest wotdthumb
Guidelines for Preparing Electronic PowerPoint Presentations wotdthumb
Presentation Waiver & Recording Consent Form pdfthumb

Faculty Check List Due Dates

Item Due Date
Submit PowerPoint Presentation to NAHC September 1, 2014
Submit Faculty Presentation Waiver and Recording Consent and Conflict of Interest Forms September 1, 2014
Submit Audio Visual Requests September 15, 2014
Submit Faculty Substitutions/ changes for Final Program September 15, 2014
Book Hotel Room (s) by September 24, 2014


Registration for the conference is complimentary for two (2) members of your presentation team.  Your registration includes entry to all educational sessions, general sessions, exposition and social functions that do not require a separate registration fee.  

Subsequent faculty is required to register at the lowest member rate registration fee.  Speaker registration forms are online or click here to register.     


NAHC policy stipulates that speakers are responsible for all arrangements and expenses associated with hotel, meals, airfare and ground transportation.  We encourage you to make your hotel arrangements at any of the below hotels as soon as possible as we anticipate that all hotels will sell out early due to the competitive rate offered!

There are four conference hotels within a couple of blocks of the Convention Center that are offering special discounted rates for attendees.

The 428-room Renaissance Phoenix Downtown has rates starting at $188/night.

The 693-room Hyatt Regency Phoenix has rates starting at $225/night.

The 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown has rates starting at $235/night.

The 242-room Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel has rates starting at $235/night.

To start booking your room, click here.

To make sure you get the best hotel rates available, book your room by September 24, 2014.

*When making hotel reservations, please tell the agent that you are with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

Substitute Faculty/Cancellations

Please carefully review your session information on the website.  In the event it is necessary to substitute a faculty person in your session, or make any other changes, please notify the education department immediately so that the change (s) can be made online and in the Program (s). We cannot guarantee changes will be included in the Final Program, but we will make every effort to keep the NAHC website information updated for the session.   

NAHC reserves the right to decline substitute faculty on-site if prior arrangements have not been made with the education department. Please contact the NAHC education department immediately at 202-547-7424 if you must cancel your educational session or if you must substitute a faculty member.

Audio/Visual Equipment

The Standard AV package available in each session room provided by NAHC is as follows: 

  • Panel table with two chairs
  • LCD projector and screen
  • Podium
  • One (1) podium microphone
  • one (1) panel table microphone
  • Laptop to connect to LCD projector

NAHC will not  provide internet access, overhead projectors or 35 mm slide projectors, VCRs or similar equipment for the educational sessions.  

Presentation Materials

In order to help you prepare the most effective presentation, we are providing “Guidelines for Preparing Electronic Power Point Presentation.” You may download this from the NAHC website.

In an effort to reduce waste and do our part to save the environment, NAHC no longer prints and ships handouts or PowerPoint presentations for individual educational sessions.

As we have done for the past several years, we will place speaker PowerPoint presentations on the NAHC website so that attendees can download this information prior to the conference. 

NOTE: It is important that you bring your final PowerPoint presentation to the meeting on a USB or compatible storage device.

Please be sure to submit your presentation in PowerPoint format; please DO NOT send in PDF. The presentations will be converted to PDF format in black and white with three slides to a page. Your company logo and copyright symbol should appear ONLY on the first or last slide.

We strongly recommend that your PowerPoint presentation be as complete as possible when submitted.  It is frustrating for attendees to discover that the PowerPoint displayed on the screen in the session differs in content from the one they downloaded and brought to the meeting. It is understood that there may be cases when some of the data for the slides is not available prior to the meeting.  In this rare exception, please indicate on the appropriate slide that “data will be provided during the presentation.”

Audio Recording

Educational sessions will be taped to make audio recordings available post conference on the NAHC website. Participating faculty are required to sign (if not submitted) the presentation waiver and recording consent.

You may download the consent form from the NAHC website.  Please sign and return the document by September 1, 2014  with the session number on the form.

Conflict of Interest

A potential for conflicts of interest exists when an individual has the ability to control or influence the content of an education activity and has a financial relationship with a commercial interest.  Please sign (if not submitted) and return the Conflict of Interest form by September 1, 2014  with the session number on the form. 


Many of the education sessions offered by NAHC are sponsored by a participating associate member.  As part of the sponsorship program the sponsor’s representative  may be invited to introduce speakers.  If they engage in this opportunity they are provided a description of the session as well as each speaker biography provided during the call for proposal process or internet. 

If the sponsor declines the opportunity to introduce the speakers of your session or is not present in the session room at least five minutes prior to the session start - please move forward with your presentation. 

If you have any questions or concerns please call 202.547.7424 or email



Cheryl Lee
NAHC Education Department

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