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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


How to Ensure Your Organization is Ready to Deliver the Home Care that Referral Sources Need

National Experts in Chronic Disease Management and Integrated Transitional Care Tell You How

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:30am — 4:30pm
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Sutter Center for Integrated Care faculty offer a one-day intensive, interactive, training session designed to solidify competencies for the successful implementation of the ICM-TOC program.  The program will focus on person-centered, health literate care delivery and self-management support.
Specific competencies addressed by the course include:
  • Patient/family/ engagement – identification of patient needs, values, and preferences for care
  • Early identification of risk – screening for common barriers & interventions to mitigate risk
  • Medication management – with a strong focus on medication risk assessment and adherence
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration- highly functional team principles and effective care coordination
  • Leadership – creating a culture that is accountable for outcomes

At the core of a transformed healthcare practice, is an efficient, effective process that addresses one of the most costly of healthcare expenditures … care transitions.
Core competencies for effective transitions encompass more than discharge instructions, good handoffs and telephone follow-up.  A recent comprehensive synthesis of evidence to-date reveals that the most effective transitions programs employ several unique interventions and place emphasis on the provision of self-management support. (Leppin, et al., JAMA, 2014)  The study’s major take-a-way: Improving the quality of transitional care is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted approach.
The Integrated Care Management (ICM) Transitions of Care (TOC) program, administered by the Sutter Center for Integrated Care (SCIC) was developed to promote successful transitions of care across providers, settings, and time.  The program offers the training, tools, and competencies for a multifaceted approach to care transitions by assimilating the best evidence of “what actually works” to enhance patient engagement and reduce avoidable re-admissions. The ICM-TOC program leverages these best practices along with SCIC faculty experience with model deployment nationwide in a variety of healthcare settings.  ICM-TOC trained organizations report reductions in target population re-admission rates ranging from 38% to 87 %.   
ICM-TOC training provides care coordinators, care navigators, and case managers across a variety of provider settings (Home and Community Care, Acute Care, MD Practice, Long Term Care, Private Duty and Tele-support Services) with the tools, resources and support needed to transform care.

Annual Meeting Attendees Receive a $50 Discount on Registration! Click Here to Register.

Regular Registration is $400 per person —
Annual Meeting Attendees Pay $350!

For more information about the ICM-TOC program, visit: 
Credits: 8 hours of CEU, credits available for nurses, therapists,  behavioral health professionals


Expert Faculty Include:

Beth Hennessey, RN, BSN, MSN

BethHennessey_14Beth is the Executive Director at Sutter Center for Integrated Care. She leads the strategic planning and development of innovative care delivery approaches for sustainable, high quality, patient-centered care. Beth is passionate about the urgency for transformational change in our health care delivery practices and consults with providers and leaders across the health system to embrace the need for person-centered, evidence-based, coordinated care.
Beth has more than 30 years of health care experience in clinical and leadership positions in a variety of settings including home care, acute care, case management, medical practice management and higher education. Prior to joining Sutter, Beth and Paula Suter developed the Home-Based Chronic Care Model™, which received national awards for excellence from the National Association of Homecare and Hospice (NAHC) and Modern Healthcare. Under her leadership the Home-Based Chronic Care Model evolved into the Integrated Care Model (ICM). Beth previously served on the Board of Directors for NAHC, and also served as the President of the Homecare Association of Arkansas.

Paula Suter, RN, BSN, MA

Paula_suter_14Paula is the Clinical Director of Integrated Care Management (ICM) at the Sutter Center for Integrated Care. Drawing from her clinical and academic experience, she designs, implements, and evaluates person-centered health care delivery programs to meet the needs of patients and populations. Paula is passionate about advancing excellence in home and community care, establishing this sector as a value added partner for healthcare reform. She has more than 30 years of health care clinical and leadership experience in a variety of settings including home care, acute care, intensive care, cardiac rehab, education, and research.
 She currently sits on the executive committee for a national health care quality initiative and has served as a reviewer for a leading homecare journal. In 2012, Paula was selected as one of 73 participants in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMMI) Innovation Advisors Program.


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