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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


General Sessions Descriptions

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Opening General Session 
6:30 to 8:00 pm

900. Opening General Session: National Home Care and Hospice Update

The White House and Congress continue to put health care in the spotlight with deficit reduction debates and care delivery reforms. The recent congressional elections returned the Congress to Republican control. Once again, congressional leadership is focusing on health care, raising every issue from Obamacare to entitlement reforms.  With the full-scale implementation of health care reform under the Affordable Care Act continuing in 2015, this year is quickly becoming one of the most important ever in the history of U.S. healthcare. Home Care and Hospice are very well positioned to step forward as prime solutions to what ails our health care system.  However, challenges continue to surface on the regulatory front. This opening session brings Washington to the stage with up-to-the-minute details on the legislative and regulatory landscape along with a forecast of the impact of national politics on health care.


  • Identify the crucial health care issues pending before Congress and the Administration.
  • Detail the innovations underway in Medicare and Medicaid creating opportunities for home care.
  • Discuss the potential impact of the upcoming 2016 elections on home care and hospice and the balance of power on health care

Faculty: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice; William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice; Executive Director, Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and legal issues in home care and hospice.

Course Level:  Intemediate; Nursing 1.5 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/RE)


Monday, June 29, 2015
General Session
9:15 to 10:55 am

901. HHFMA Healthcare Leadership Panel – Who Owns the Future of Health Care?

One of the obvious developments in the delivery and financing of health is the growing integration of payment and services. This General Session returns to the Conference lineup, with the focus on the wide range of players in health care. The panelists include leaders from the world of Health Systems, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Physicians and Managed Care, and Home  Care and Hospice. Each can be a partner or competitor with home care and hospice. Care and payment Integration promises more success with partnership than competition for tightening health care dollars. The leaders from these respective health care sectors will share their view of the future of health care and where home care and hospice fits best.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of health care reform legislation.

Course Level: Intemediate; Nursing 1.6 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)


Monday, June 29, 2015
General Session
11:30 to 1:00 pm

902. The Inevitable Future of Home Care, Hospice and Care at Home and the Change Strategies Needed to Become a Leader in This New Environment

There is a world-wide change in how health care will be delivered.  It is affecting every continent and every country.  It is driven by the same factors and it is leading to the same structural conclusions.  It is inevitable.  So too are the changes and the growing shift to services in the home as the first choice in newly emerging health systems.   For home care and hospice providers, change creates opportunities for those who aggressively move in the right strategic directions and threats for those who want to retain the status quo.  This General Session will help you learn why change is inevitable, the four factors you have to control, what changes you need to make now and within the next eighteen months and how to make these changes successfully.  Expect to be confronted by one additional critical question: do the new realities of health care call for a new and dramatically expanded definition for home care, hospice and the full range of care at home?  

Course Level: Intemediate; Nursing 1.6 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)


Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Closing General Session
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

903. Closing General Session: Financial Managers Open Forum

Once again, HHFMA presents its open, no holds-barred forum meeting to conclude the annual conference. The session addresses any and all issues of interest to the conference faculty and attendees. The insights are endless, all the advice is free and the experience is priceless. All are welcome to attend and get engaged!


  • Identify the highest priority issues affecting home care and hospice financial management
  • Recognize tools available to financial management executives to help them in their work
  • Share best practices with financial management peers

Faculty: William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Director, Center for Health Care Law, Executive Director, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association

Course Level: Intermediate; Nursing 2.0 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)


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