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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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On Tuesday, March 24, we’ll host our annual visit to Capitol Hill. Due to the schedules of members of the U.S. Senate, the breakfast and presentation will start 30 minutes earlier than originally planned. Buses will start boarding at the Mayflower Hotel starting at 7:00am to take you to the Russell Senate Office Building, Senate Caucus Room. The last bus will leave no later than 7:30am. There will be a bus captain on board to escort you to your destination. The anticipated building entrance is at the corner of Constitution and First Ave. Breakfast is included.

 

Sunday March 22

6:00 pm

Buffet Dinner

6:30 - 8:00 pm

General Session: A Washington Update and Introduction to the New Campaigns and our Legislative Action Center

Drill down on the advocacy issues NAHC has identified as key issues in 2015 and are the priorities of our new Legislative Action Center:

Panelists: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC; Senator Mark P. Begich, Vice President for Policy and Business Development, NAHC; Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, Vice President for Government Affairs, House of Representatives and Vice President for Technology Policy, NAHC; Mary Carr, RN, MPH, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, NAHC; Barbara Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V, Presient and CEO of RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants; Andrea L. Devoti, MSN, MBA, RN, Chairman of the NAHC Government Affairs Committee; William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, NAHC; Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC

Monday March 23

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast:

The Home Care & Hospice Television Network
The Home Care & Hospice Television Network provides a unique way to learn more about the issues impacting the home care and hospice community. The programing will be conducted in video and audio broadcast format via the Internet and hosted by industry experts covering topics, best practices and subjects of special interest to our members. Members can view or listen online from your agency, office or home.

Independent Home Care Alliance
A cooperative alliance can do bringing together independent home care providers across the country to ensure that trusted, locally owned providers can succeed and thrive in a competitive marketplace. The establishment of a cooperative of small home care companies banding together can leverage their purchasing power to reduce costs and be more competitive.

Panelists: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC; Senator Mark P. Begich, Vice President for Policy and Business Development, NAHC; Colin Roskey, JD, Executive Director of the Medicaid Action Council, and Counsel to NAHC

9:00 - 11:00 am

Panel: What Do the Recent Legal Victories Mean to the Home Care and Hospice Industry?

Over the past few months NAHC has won two major victories because of legal actions that it has initiated. The first helped do away with the “physician narrative” in the Face to Face regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services. The second invalidated a rule promulgated by the Department of Labor that would change the way overtime is computed for home health agencies and abolish the companionship and live-in exceptions to the Fair Labor Standards Law. These are huge victories that affect home care and hospice agencies’ internal operations. No victory is permanent and we have to keep up the fight both against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor. Congress is standing by ready to introduce legislation and help us.

Panelists: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC; William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice president for Law, NAHC; Maury Baskin, Esq., Lead Counsel in the case from the firm of Littler Mendelson; Phil Bongiorno, Executive Director, Home Care Association of America; Kevin Serafino, Senior Manager for Government Relations & Public Policy, International Franchise Association; Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living

11:15 - 12:45 pm

Panel: Quo Vadis Medicaid

The Medicaid program is the most vulnerable of all of the so called entitlement programs. There is five times as much money going into home care through Medicaid as through Medicare. The Home Care and Hospice community needs to develop and publicize a credible plan that the Congress can adopt and make their own. Hear about the issues that are outlined in NAHC’s updated Medicaid Blueprint for Action and the plans to advocate for Medicaid programs and reimbursement that will enable providers to better serve their Medicaid patients and their families.

Panelists: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC; Colin Roskey, JD, Executive Director of the Medicaid Action Council, and Counsel to NAHC; Thomas A. Scully, JD, Former Administrator of CMS, Senior Counsel at Alston & Bird, LLP; Chris Jennings, President of Jennings Policy Strategy, Inc.; Andrea L. Devoti, MSN, MBA, RN, Chairman of the NAHC Government Affairs Committee, Co-chairman of the NAHC Medicaid Advisory Council; Ellen Bolch, MSN, BSN, MHA, Co-chairman of the NAHC Medicaid Advisory Council

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch:

The New NAHC Legislative Action Center: Live Demonstration and Discussion
The NAHC Legislative Action Center places legislative action at your fingertips! NAHC members can now use the latest social media tools to amplify their voices and reach their elected officials. Traditional email, Twitter, Facebook, and live phone calls are all available in one easy to navigate space. By using mobile technology for advocacy, NAHC is being responsive to providers and meeting them where they are: on their mobile devices. Together, NAHC and its members will write a new chapter in the story of advocacy during our digital era.

Panelists: Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, Vice President for Government Affairs, House of Representatives and Vice President for Technology Policy, NAHC; Jeb Ory, BA, MBA, Founder, Phone2Action

2:15 - 3:45 pm

Breakout Session: Leveraging the Political Power of Nurses

Nurses from across the country have been invited to join us here in Washington to learn how important their advocacy for home care and hospice and to teach them how to easily participate in critical legislative action campaigns and make a difference in shaping legislation and policy. This is the time to remind members of Congress that there is a right and wrong path in addressing health care costs and that home health care and hospice are part of the solution. The delivery of such care would not be possible without the leadership of nurses. Congress must recognize the human, economic, and societal contributions that nurses make on a daily basis. During this breakout session nurses will receive information on how to advocate using e-mail and our social medias tools. They will learn from our policy experts how to take their message to their Congressional delegation and make a difference in shaping policy.

Panelists: Denise Schrader, RN MSN NEA-BC, Chairman of the Home Healthcare Nurse Association and Chairman, NAHC Board of Directors; Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, Vice President for Government Affairs, House of Representatives and Vice President for Technology Policy, NAHC; Jeb Ory, BA, MBA, Founder, Phone2Action

Breakout Session: Capitalizing on the Private Duty Revolution

Over the next 30 years we will experience unprecedented growth in the aging population. Most Americans share in the belief that they would prefer to be able to age in place as long as possible and not end up in an institution. This will result in a continually growing need for private pay and supportive services both medical and non-medical. The scope of private care delivery will continue to evolve and expand. Come and listen to a panel of experts in the field of private care delivery discuss the current issues and opportunities for private pay providers and how providers can work together to advocate for the future of private pay care.

Panelists: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC; Patricia Drea, MPA, BSN, Chairman of the Private Duty Home Care Association; Lucy Andrews, RN, MS, Vice Chairman, NAHC Board of Directors

 

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Panel: Medicare Under the Microscope

Home Care and Hospice are undergoing considerable changes and providers are being subject to increasing and costly regulatory requirements. At the same time, reimbursement for care is diminishing. Congress is discussing the federal budget and some are advocating additional and continuing cuts to Medicare as well as restructuring of the Medicare program as a means of reducing federal outlays. Some plans would merge Parts A and B and impose a uniform copay and deductible requirement, which would have a serious negative impact or affect services to Medicare beneficiaries.

Panelists: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC; Senator Mark P. Begich, Vice President for Policy and Business Development, NAHC; Richard D. Brennan, Jr., MA, Vice President for Government Affairs, House of Representatives and Vice President for Technology Policy, NAHC; Mary Carr, RN, MPH, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, NAHC; William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, NAHC; Theresa M. Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC; Colin Roskey, JD, Executive Director of the Medicaid Action Council, and Counsel to NAHC

Tuesday March 24

7:00 - 7:45 am

March on the U.S. Capitol

Shuttle buses will be available from the Historic Mayflower Hotel to Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

8:00 - 8:30 am

Capitol Hill Breakfast in the Senate Caucus Room

8:30 - 10:00 am

Addresses by Members of the U.S. Senate

10:30 - 6:00 pm

Capitol Hill Visits

6:30 to 8:30pm

Texas BBQ with Capitol Hill Health Policy Staffers

(Must purchace tickets: $35 per person)

Wednesday March 25

7:00 - 7:45 am

March on the U.S. Capitol

Shuttle buses will be available from the Historic Mayflower Hotel to Rayburn House Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

8:30 - 10:00 am

Capitol Hill Breakfast in the Rayburn House Office Building Room B-338

Members of Congress have been invited to drop by between 9 – 10 am

 

 











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