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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


Pre-Conference Session Descriptions

The following Pre-Conferences are running concurrently from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Lunch is included.

You can only register for one of these pre-conferences:

501. Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Pilot Program

Medicare launched a home health value-based purchasing pilot program (HHVBP) on January 1, 2016. The HHVBP will last for five years and can be expanded at any time. The pilot operates in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington State. During March and April, NAHC is holding training conferences in each of these states to familiarize home health agencies with the program and to encourage best practices that lead to success.

This preconference program builds on experiences gained to date, before the expected release of performance benchmark data in April 2016. It is a program that’s suitable for all home health agencies, not just those in the target states, since value-based purchasing in every agency’s future.

Program Outline

I. Overview of the design and composition of HHVBP based on the most recent available information

II. Implementing and managing an HHVBP Strategic Plan

  • Team make-up, resources needed, internal culture change management, external integration and coordination, time frames

III. Managing essential data dashboards for HHVBP

  • Accessing data, identifying strengths and weaknesses relative to HHVBP measures, data input accuracy, ongoing performance monitoring, getting granular in data analytics, IT systems and working with your vendor

IV. Operations/clinical best practices

  • Integrating data/measures into performance, best practices strategies, prioritizing changes

V. Financial best practices

  • Establishing benchmarks for performance, assigning resources/budgeting, prioritizing return on investment (ROI)


  • Identify the operational details of HHBVP
  • Describe best practices for achieving success with clinical and financial operations in HHVBP
  • Identify best management practices using HHVBP data and benchmarks

Course LevelIntemediate; Nursing 5.0 CEs; Accounting 5.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)

601. Home Health Summer Camp 2016

Home health personnel new to the industry, new agencies, and established agencies will benefit from a detailed understanding of fundamental financial tools and operational strategies for developing and maintaining positive financial outcomes. This updated preconference is designed for beginning- to intermediate-level financial staff members who have some experience in home care financial management and wish to expand their knowledge in the diverse world of home care finance. The program focuses on:

  • Current Medicare reimbursement issues faced by home health agencies
  • Essential benchmark data needed to manage a home health agency
  • Integration of back office and clinical technologies
  • Best use of the Medicare cost report as a management resource tool
  • Complying with reporting responsibilities related to organizational change and structure
  • Establishing billing oversight processes
  • Undertaking a feasibility analysis for instituting new programs, expanding service areas, and creating branch offices


  • Recognize current Medicare reimbursement issues affecting home health agencies and how to best deal with them.
  • Identify essential benchmark data in home health services, acquisition points, and best practices for managing with the data
  • Understand proven techniques for maximizing the Medicare cost report as a financial management tool
  • Identify requirements for timely reporting of organizational changes through the CMS- 855 form
  • Develop useful processes for complying with Medicare coverage and billing requirements

Course LevelIntemediate; Nursing 5.0 CEs; Accounting 5.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)

701. Hospice Summer Camp 2016

Get a thorough, updated overview of the financial aspects of hospice. Hear about emerging economic and policy changes that will affect hospice operation nationwide, regulatory issues, and revenue-enhancing strategies. The program is geared toward intermediate-to-advanced hospice executives who want to sharpen their skills and gain knowledge they need to better manage financial operations in the changing health care landscape.

The session topics will include:

  • Health care reform and how to participate in new opportunities
  • Financial accounting for all hospice services, including bereavement, physician services, volunteers, and liaisons or community representatives, along with therapies involving music, massage, or pets.
  • New hospice cost reporting and lessons learned
  • Hospice staff compensation and strategies for improving productivity and case capacityPalliative care services and their impact on hospice
  • General inpatient services, owned or leasing arrangements, respite and residential services
  • Revenue-enhancement strategies, including public education and marketing campaigns
  • Hospice cap calculation updates and how to monitor them during the year
  • Proper reporting for CMS Form 855A


  • Identify hospice financial management essentials, including the accounting, operational, and statistical structure
  • Review crucial reimbursement and revenue strategies to achieve bottom-line success with hospice
  • Describe health system dynamics that may affect future opportunities for hospice and palliative care services

Course LevelIntemediate; Nursing 5.0 CEs; Accounting 5.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)

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