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Testimonials

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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Medicaid Programing Descriptions

Audience Key:
| HH = Home Health | HOS = Hospice | NUR = Nurses |
| PHY = Physicians | PD = Private Duty | TH = Therapists|
 

100 Series – Thursday, October 31, 11:30am – 1pm

108. Medicaid Home Care and Hospice Program Integrity: Surveying the Landscape

Federal and state oversight of Medicaid programs that finance home care and hospice services is on the increase. From studies and investigations to prosecutions, the message is clear: Program integrity concerns in Medicaid home care and hospice has grown. This program will offer a landscape review of the activities of the HHS Office of Inspector General, The U.S. Department of Justice, Medicaid Anti-Fraud Units and others charged with oversight of government health care programs. The lessons learned from these experiences provide the background for the recommendations that will be offered in this program for how to achieve compliance and reduce risk in Medicaid.

Objectives:

  • Identify the Medicaid home care and hospice program integrity risk areas uncovered by federal and state oversight entities
  • Recognize the target areas of the oversight entities
  • Discuss the program integrity measures supported by the home care and hospice community

Faculty: William A.  Dombi,  Esq.,  Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Executive Director, National Council on Medicaid Home Care, Washington, DC

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.5 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

Track: Legal & Regulatory
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH

 

200 Series – Thursday, October 31, 1:30 – 3pm

204. Medicaid Pediatric PDN: Meeting Patient Needs within Budget

Many home care companies specialize in providing pediatric private duty nursing services to technology-dependent children. Successfully operating a Medicaid pediatric PDN program takes a combination of solid cost controls, utilization oversight, and staffing management. This program will focus on the operational and management actions that provide the best opportunity for delivery of high quality care to pediatric Medicaid patients while staying within budget.

Objectives:

  • Identify the highest risks to financial solvency in providing Medicaid PDN
  • Describe an analytical framework for evaluating operational weaknesses in Medicaid pediatric PDN
  • List the steps to consider to stabilize the financing and operations of a Medicaid pediatric PDN program

Faculty: TBA

Course Level: Intermediate

Track: Financial
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH

 

400 Series – Friday, November 1, 2:30 – 4pm

404. Medicaid Home Care: Adjusting to the Changes Successfully

Medicaid home care is the largest publicly-funded home care program in the country with over $40 billion in annual spending through the state Medicaid programs. It is also the most varied, with benefits available for children, adults, and the elderly including skilled care, high-tech supports, and personal care services. Medicaid is undergoing seismic changes nationwide with a combination of dramatic increases in Medicaid beneficiaries through the Affordable Care Act to wholesale delivery and financing reforms. Two of the biggest Medicaid changes affecting home care are the shift to Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) and the implementation of demonstration programs that merge funding and care management of dual Medicare-Medicaid eligibles. With all of these changes taking place, a Medicare home health agency may need to become a Medicaid provider as well. This program will include an overview of the states’ movement to Medicaid managed care and the issues presented therein. The program will also focus on strategies to turn these changes into home care opportunities as Medicaid seeks ways to control long term care spending. Additionally, the program addresses successful approaches to Medicaid pricing in managed care and systems for integrated care.

Objectives:

  • Identify the types of financing and care delivery reforms affecting Medicaid home care
  • Recognize the opportunities that Medicaid managed long term care presents to home care and how to maximize these opportunites
  • Manage in the development of pricing and service integration strategies in Medicaid managed care

Faculty: TBA

Course Level: Intermediate

Track: TBD
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH

 

500 Series – Friday, November 1, 4:15 – 5:45pm

504. Medicaid Rate Advocacy: What it Takes to Get Fair Payment

Medicaid is the largest payer of home care services in the U.S., yet payment rates for Medicaid home care are often far below the cost of the care delivered and require providers to find additional sources of financial subsidy in order to continue delivering Medicaid services. While this unfortunate phenomenon occurs in virtually all provider sectors, there are some steps that can be taken to heighten the chances that rates can be improved. This program will present the experiences of several states that have grappled with Medicaid home care rates with some success, focusing on creating an evidentiary base for rate advocacy that can prevail in the always difficult political climate of state Medicaid programs.

Objectives:

  • Identify sources of financial data that can be used to support revisions in payment rates
  • Recognize the state and federal legal standards for Medicaid payment rates
  • Define the techniques that can be used in Medicaid rate advocacy with state Medicaid programs and state legislatures

Faculty: TBA

Course Level: Intermediate

Track: Financial
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH

 

700 Series – Saturday, November 2, 2:30 – 4pm

704. Medicaid Issues Open Forum

Medicaid is fast becoming the center of home care services for all age groups, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. At the same time, Medicaid home care is fast evolving with innovative home and community-based care programs starting in the States, expansion of Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MMTSS), and the major expansion in Medicaid enrollment slated for 2014. NAHC’s National Council on Medicaid Home Care will host its third annual open forum that offers an electric dynamic focused on the hottest Medicaid issues of the day. This is one of the sessions that you must not miss if you have any interest in Medicaid home care whether as a provider or supporting vendor.

Objectives:

  • Identify the priority issues and trends affecting Medicaid home care
  • Describe the activities of the National Council on Medicaid Home Care
  • Recognize the growing opportunities in Medicaid home care

Faculty: Moderator: William Dombi, Esq., Executive Director, National Council on Medicaid Home Care, Washington, DC

Course Level: Intermediate; No CEs or CPEs awarded for this session nursing CEs

Track: Financial
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH











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