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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

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Four Quick Questions

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is launching a new series of articles called “Four Quick Questions” highlighting education offerings at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition. In each article, a lead faculty member provides answers to the same four questions regarding a specific education session.


Session 604: How to Create a "Dementia Capable" Hospice Team: Raising the Bar

Faculty:  Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN, Dementia Program Director, Hospice of the Valley

1. What current issues does the session address?

MG: As burgeoning numbers of people with end-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias continue to rise, hospices are challenged with how best to serve these patients and their families. The traditional hospice model based on cancer care falls short of meeting the unique disease-specific needs of both patients with dementia and their loved ones. In response to this pressing need, Hospice of the Valley created a dementia program in 2003 that continues to thrive using evidence-based approaches. This session will provide an overview of the dementia program’s ongoing efforts to improve the interdisciplinary teams’ abilities to address the modifiable factors associated with better outcomes for people with advanced dementia and their families. 

2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the session?

MG: Raising the bar to become a dementia capable hospice is both feasible and affordable, but requires time and committed leadership skills to educate and support all members of the hospice team so that they can bring the best of themselves to provide evidence-based dementia care and serve patients and families with excellence.

3. Who would this session most benefit?

MG: Anyone interested in current best practices in palliative dementia care, particularly those who work in hospice leadership and clinical care.

4. How would you best describe your session in 140 characters or less?

MG: It is feasible for all hospices to become more dementia capable in order to ease suffering and optimize quality of life for people with end-stage dementia and their families.


Session 809: How to Grow Your Sales in Private Duty

Faculty:  Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Clinical Director and Vice President, Immediate Homecare and Hospice

1. What current issues does the session address?

CP: Companies are struggling to grow because they don't have a marketing plan or they are struggling to execute their marketing plan. This session will address both.

2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the session?

CP: How to successfully execute a marketing plan which includes both indirect and direct marketing techniques. Direct marketing techniques using a 52 week sales plan for success will be the highlight!

3. Who would this session most benefit?

CP: Any home health, hospice, or private duty agency that wants to start a sales team, wants to grow their organization, or is a sales manager, or a sales representative or owner of an organization should attend.

4. How would you best describe your session in 140 characters or less?

CP: There is tremendous competition in our industry. You must have a plan and know how to execute it to get your revenue growing. "Come learn from a successful agency owner how to increase your revenue to the multimillion dollar level!"


Session 604 & 704: How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup Part 1 and 2

Faculty:  Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice

1. What current issues does the session address?

TMF: The sessions will identify key issues that the hospice world is dealing with right now -- issues like timely submission of election and revocation notices, payment reform, CAP monitoring and reporting, quality reporting requirements, and oversight efforts -- as well as what changes we may see in the near future relative to these and other issues.  We also plan to discuss hospice issues under consideration by the Congress.

2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the session?

TMF: Our goal is to provide comprehensive knowledge of the key hospice issues of the day and how they may impact an agency’s success, as well as guidance on developing and implementing agency policies that enhance efficiencies and maximize compliance.

3. Who would this session most benefit?

TMF: This session will benefit all levels of hospice management, as well as consultants and vendors working in the hospice arena.

4. How would you best describe your session in 140 characters or less?

TMF: A comprehensive view of the key hospice policy issues of the day.


Session 406: How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: The Home Health Regulatory Roundup

Faculty:  Mary K. Carr, BSN, MPH, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice

1. What current issues does the session address?

MKC: The session will address the revised face-to-face requirements, updates to the 2016 home health payment rates,  CMS’ Value Based Purchasing program for home health agencies, and what agencies can expect with the implementation of the IMPACT Act, to name a few.

2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the session?

MKC: Over the past several years, the regulatory environment for home health providers has been steadily evolving. Medicare certified agencies are continually being challenged with increased regulatory burdens, reimbursement changes, and increased oversight. This session will provide an overview of the most important regulatory and policy issues facing home health agencies. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the changing regulatory and policy environments and what they need to do to meet those challenges.

3. Who would this session most benefit?

MKC: The session will most benefit middle and upper management personnel in Medicare certified home health agencies.

4. How would you best describe your session in 140 characters or less?

MKC: The session will provide important insights on how to prepare for the ongoing regulatory and CMS policy changes.


Session 408: How to Develop a Niche that Meets the Needs of a Looming Epidemic: Selling Services for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias

Faculty:  Katherine J. Vanderhorst, BN, BSN, Vice President of C&V Senior Care Specialists, Inc., in Williamsville, NY

1. What current issues does the session address?

KJV: The looming epidemic of Alzheimer's is occurring due to the sheer high numbers of Baby Boomers that are aging. The goal of the session is to have attendees understand the sheer numbers and opportunity for service in this area, and to understand that providing clinically effective Alzheimer's care is vital to long-term success in home care.

2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the session?

KJV: That providing Alzheimer's care is a MUST for long-term survival and can bring in large financial rewards. Staff must be trained to manage the dementia population to ensure that clinical competency, but most importantly to decrease staff turnover.

3. Who would this session most benefit?

KJV: CEO's, Administrators, Directors of Clinical Services, Directors of Business Development.

4. How would you best describe your session in 140 characters or less?

KJV: That proving evidenced-based competent care for clients with Alzheimer's and related dementias can reap large financial rewards and company longevity. Come learn how to take your share in Alzheimer's care.










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