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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


Session Handouts

Session Handouts Date Submitted PDF
101. How to Work with Hospitals to Provide Better Care for Patients who have Joint Replacement Surgery 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
102. How to Grow Revenue 10/26/2015 pdfthumb
103. How to Maximize Technology to Improve Care and Reduce Cost 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
104. How to be Ready for Your Hospice Survey 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
105. How to Train Management to Create a Just Culture 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
106. How to Overhaul Your Internal Structure to Be Prepared for the New HHCoPs 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
107. How to Use Lean Principles to Drive Organizational Excellence 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
108. How to Power up Your Agency, Your Income, and your Sales Team 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
109. How to Solve New Challenges in Home Care 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
110. How Nursing Knowledge can make a Difference in Client Outcomes 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
201. How to Integrate Behavioral Health Screening and Treatment Programs in Home Health Care 9/17/2015 pdfthumb
202. How to Analyze and Contain Costs 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
203. How to Make a Plan for IT Optimization and be Ready for the Future 9/15/2015 pdfthumb
204. How to Implement an Acuity Rating System in Your Hospice Agency 10/14/2015 pdfthumb
206. How to Stay Informed: Updates from Palmetto 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
207. How to be Ready for Future Success: A Presidents' Forum No Handout  
208. How to Survive the Continuum Consolidation  11/2/2015 pdfthumb
209. How to Recruit Successfully for Private Duty Care 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
210. How to Go Beyond "Safe" in Providing Home Therapy Assessments 10/13/2015 pdfthumb
211. How to Interpret the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Program 10/26/2015 pdfthumb
301. How to Partner with Hospitals to Prevent Re-hospitalizations 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
302. How to Optimize Your Revenue Cycle in an Era of Value-Based Care 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
303. How to Use Cloud Technology to Reduce Costs and Improve Compliance 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
304. How to Integrate Palliative Care Into Your Community-Based Home Health and Hospice Programs 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
305. How to Develop An International Recruitment Program 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
306. How to Stay Informed: Medicare Updates From CGS 8/27/2015 pdfthumb
307. How to Build a Case Management System that Leads to Success 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
308. How to Create Successful Programs through Payer / Provider Collaboration 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
309. How to Respond to New Legal Challenges 10/26/2015 pdfthumb
310. How to Design A Quality Clinical Model that Drive Financial Outcomes 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
401. How to Demonstrate the Value of Therapy Services 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
402. How to Prepare Your Hospice for the Revised Cost Reporting Requirements 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
403. How to Implement and Manage the Change to Outsourced Coding 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
404. How to Assess the Financial Impact of the New Hospice Payment System 10/26/2015 pdfthumb
405. How to Develop Orientation Programs that Focus on Critical Thinking Competencies 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
406. How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: The Home Health Regulatory Roundup 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
407. How to Communicate Organizational Change 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
408. How to Develop a Niche that Meets the Needs of a Looming Epidemic: Selling Services for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias 9/17/2015 pdfthumb
409. How to Gain More Clients: Tips for Private Duty Owners and Case Managers 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
410. How to Cut Down on Security Risks: What You Don't Know About HIPAA Security 10/15/2015 pdfthumb
501. How to Implement Centralized Coding: A Case Study 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
502. How to Successfully Avoid the Pitfalls When Growing a Business 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
503. How to Address Internal Barriers to Adopting Telehealth 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
504. How to Bring a Medical Perspective to Hospice 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
505. How to Reduce Turnover, Increase Customer Satisfaction, and Grow your Business through Caregiver Certification Programs 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
506. How to Train Staff to Be Prepared for Documentation and the New HHCoPs 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
507. How to Brand Your Agency: Communicating your Heart and Passion 10/26/2015



509. How to Develop Dementia Specialty Programming for Private Duty Agencies 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
510. How to Be Ready For QAPI Home Care 9/1/2015 pdfthumb
601. How to Meet the Challenges of Chronic Disease Management in Our New Health Care Environment 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
602. How to Improve Outcomes While Dealing with Reimbursement Cuts 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
603. How to Use Telehealth to Improve Outcomes: Banner Health's Experience with Patients in its Pioneer ACO 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
604. How to Create a "Dementia Capable" Hospice Team: Raising the Bar 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
606. How to Mitigate Risk; Enforcement Trends in Home Health and Hospice 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
607. How to Prepare for the Future of Complex Care Management 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
608. How to Develop New Models of Care for Medicaid Patients 9/3/2015 pdfthumb
609. How to Stay Informed: The Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) Open Forum No Handout  
610. How to Understand and Utilize HHQI's Cardiovascular QAPI Plan 10/20/2015 pdfthumb
701. How to Determine if Your Recert LUPA Patient is High Risk 9/29/2015 pdfthumb
702. How to Be Ready for Mergers and Acquisitions 10/6/2015 pdfthumb
703. How to Unlock a Customer-Driven Growth Strategy for Your Private Duty Home Care Business 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
704. How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup Part 1 10/26/2015 pdfthumb
705. How to Effectively Deal With Conflict Management 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
706. How to Stay Informed: A Panel Update on Medicaid 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
707. How to Provide Homecare for Patients in  Retirement Communities 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
708. How to Create Winning  Partnerships  with ACOs 10/6/2015 pdfthumb
709. How to Use Technology in Your Agency Now and in the Future 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
710. How to Improve Outcomes Related to Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
801. How to Use Scope of Practice as a Guide for Nursing Practice Evaluation 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
802. How to Manage Compliance in the Revenue Cycle 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
803. How to Develop the Expertise to Put Your Agency-Specific Training Online 9/3/2015 pdfthumb
804. How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup Part 2 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
805. How to Prepare New Clinical Staff for the Challenges of Home Care in 2015 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
806. How to Assimilate the Tools and Best Practices Derived from the Integrated Care Management Model to Meet the New HHCoPs 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
807. How to Become a High Performing Leader 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
808. How to Improve the Customer Experience: The Keys to Improving Quality and Patient Safety 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
809. How to Grow Your Sales in Private Duty 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
810. How to Use Shared Governance for Quality/Process Improvement 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
902. How to Stay Informed: Financial Managers Open Forum 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
903. How to Re-Charge Your Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring System 10/15/2015 pdfthumb
904. How to Ensure a Culture of Compliance in your Hospice 9/29/2015 pdfthumb
905. How to Develop Systems to Improve Clinician Competence 8/24/2015 pdfthumb
907. How to Age in Place: Quality of Life through the Full Continuum: The Impact of Interior Design 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
908. How to Operate a Competitive Private Duty Program in Your Home Care Agency 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
909. How to Make the Transition to ICD-10 without Hurting Your Bottom Line 11/2/2015 pdfthumb
910. How to Create Home Health Value in Pursuit of the Triple Aim 10/7/2015 pdfthumb


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