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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 16, 2017. Lunch is included.

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

801. Future Home Care and Hospice Leadership Summit

This program is targeted at developing home care and hospice financial and operational professionals, including those who are early in their careers or those new to the home care and hospice industries.  The program will provide an overview of the dynamic changes that have occurred in home care and hospice in recent years, current industry hot buttons, and the future of evolving payment and service models.  The program will include a focus on key financial and operational metrics critical for future leaders to manage and takeaways will include benchmarks for key performance indicators.  With collaboration between departments being critical to operating effectively and efficiently, this session will focus on effective strategies for communicating between departments as a means of managing process, outcomes, and risks, including communication methods and frequency and information communicated.  The session will also discuss common mishaps and the implications of poor communication lines, particularly in the revenue cycle.  The program will conclude with an interactive panel of industry leaders offering perspective on the typical challenges, obstacles and rewards of building a successful career in the dynamic home care and hospice industries.

Specific session topics will include:

  • Understanding the current state of home care and hospice and how these programs have evolved through an ever-changing legislative landscape of payment reform and how they fit into the future of post-acute care.
  • Identifying which key performance indicators (KPIs) are most important to monitor for home health and hospice and understanding how variations in KPIs relate to operations and performance.
  • Utilizing KPIs for more effective budgeting and relating KPIs to general ledger set-up and cost reporting.
  • Optimizing cash flow and minimizing compliance risks through effective communication and collaboration in revenue cycle management.
  • Developing leadership skills in home care and hospice, including effective communication processes, overcoming typical challenges and obstacles, and recognizing future growth opportunities.


  • Articulate the current home care and hospice regulatory state and recognize future industry opportunities in post-acute care.
  • Identify which key performance indicators are most important to monitor for home care and hospice performance.
  • Apply effective methods of departmental collaboration and communication.
  • Apply strategies for effective revenue cycle and compliance management.
  • Gain insights into critical skills necessary for future home care and hospice
802. Executive Home Care and Hospice Leadership Summit

This program is targeted to C-level executives in home care and hospice. It is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of executives to address issues of today and to plan for a successful future of their organization. A combination of lectures and interactive sessions within the preconference will blend management strategies with home care and hospice specific concerns.

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Evaluating innovations in the delivery of home care and hospice
  • Management staff recruitment and retention
  • Mentoring and succession
  • Collaboration with other health care sectors
  • Communicating with Financial staff/Financial management for the CEO
  • Technology innovations
  • Diversification opportunities
  • Future business forecast


  • Identify successful management strategies and tactics
  • Recognize techniques to build a reliable team
  • Clarify the business trends in home care and hospice
  • Examine how to balance and maximize business opportunities

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