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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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Sunday April 3

3:00 - 4:30 pm

National Update on Home Care and Hospice

Each year the March on Washington includes an exciting panel discussion of all the hot issues affecting home care and hospice emanating from Congress and various federal agencies. This year, we have the added attraction of an intense election year involving tight contests for the White House and the control of Congress. The sessions will cover the important developments in home care and hospice law and regulation in 2015 and the outlook for 2016 and beyond.  The home care and hospice legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the upcoming year will be presented as preparation for attendees’ Congressional visits. These include:

  • Reforming  the Medicare face-to-face physician encounter requirement
  • Rejecting efforts to include hospice under Medicare Advantage
  • Establishing  reasonable payment rates for Medicare and Medicaid home care and hospice
  • Overseeing  the impact of hospice payment reform
  • Authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to sign orders for home health care
  • Ensuring sensible development of value-based purchasing innovations
  • Extending the rural Medicare payment differential
  • Establishing the patient’s home as the care setting of choice for individuals with chronic illness
  • Rejecting copays: a sick tax that falls most heavily on Americans who can least afford it
  • Providing greater access to telehealth and other home care technology
  • Opposing the institution of untargeted Medicare home health prior authorization

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
  • 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

Course Level: Update; 1.5 Accounting CPEs (NASBA/RE)

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception

Monday April 4

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 am

Advocacy Priorities and Strategies: Part 1—Medicare Home Health and Hospice

This session brings a deeper focus on the priority issues for the Hill visits involving Medicare home health and hospice concerns. Detailed discussions will take place on specific, pending legislation and legislative remedies sought by the home health care and hospice communities on matters such as the face-to-face requirements, non-physician practitioner certification authority, Medicare Advantage hospice, advance care planning, and chronic care reforms. Strategies for successful Hill meetings on these and other issues will be presented.

Objectives:

  • Define best practices in communicating advocacy messages to Congress
  • Develop understanding of Congressional priority issues for home care and hospice
  • Identify best practice lobbying strategies
  • Acquire advocacy insights with colleagues and fellow attendees

Faculty:

  • Mary K. Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Richard Brennan, Vice President for Government Relations, House of Representatives, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Course Level: Update; 1.0 Accounting CPEs (NASBA/RE)

10:00 - 11:00 am

Medicare Home Health and Hospice Policy Outlook

The focus of this session is recent and future Medicare home health and hospice policy. Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS will address how CMS views home health and hospice services in the overall Medicare program and the expected direction of its policies that impact home health and hospice. This policy direction includes the existing benefits along with activities in other health care sectors that would affect home health care and hospice delivery and operations. The future of health is in the community. In this program, you will get a glimpse of that future from the eyes of CMS.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the direction of policy reforms impacting the Medicare home health and hospice benefit
  • Identify potential health care delivery and financing reforms that affect Medicare home health and hospice
  • Gain insights on provider community’s perspective on potential home health and hospice policy changes

Faculty:

  • Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director of the Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service

Course Level: Update; 1.0 Accounting CPEs (NASBA/RE)

11:15 - 12:00 pm

Industry Perspective on Medicare Home Health and Hospice Policy Outlook

This session is presents the industry reaction to the preceding CMS presentation on the outlook for Medicare home health and hospice policy. The pros and cons of the CMS policy direction will be explored in an interactive session with attendees.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the direction of policy reforms impacting the Medicare home health and hospice benefit
  • Identify potential health care delivery and financing reforms that affect Medicare home health and hospice
  • Gain insights on provider community’s perspective on potential home health and hospice policy changes

Faculty:

  • Mary K. Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Richard Brennan, Vice President for Government Relations, House of Representatives, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Course Level: There are no CEs available for this session

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Advocacy Priorities and Strategies: Part 2—Medicaid Home Care and Private Pay Services

This session brings a deeper focus on the priority issues for the Hill visits involving Medicaid home care and private pay home care issues. Detailed discussions will take place on specific, pending legislation and legislative remedies sought by the home care community on matters such as the Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports, the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime compensation requirements, and the Affordable Care Act employer mandate. Strategies for successful Hill meetings on these and other issues will be presented.

Objectives:

  • Define best practices in communicating advocacy messages to Congress
  • Develop understanding of Congressional priority issues for home care and hospice
  • Identify best practice lobbying strategies
  • Acquire advocacy insights with colleagues and fellow attendees

Faculty:

  • Colin Roskey, Director, Medicaid Action Council, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Richard Brennan, Vice President for Government Relations, House of Representatives, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Course Level: Update; 1.0 Accounting CPEs (NASBA/SKA)

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Medicaid Home Care Policy Outlook

Medicaid home care continues to grow to meet the increasing needs of those of all ages. In recent times, Long Term Services and Supports in Medicaid have been undergoing a significant rebalancing with home care now exceeding institutional care for the first time. This program looks at existing and future Medicaid policy and its impact on home care and hospice. Mike Nardone, Director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services will present the view from CMS on the new and anticipated Medicaid policies that affect care in the home.  NAHC staff experts will join this official with the views of the home care provider community on Medicaid policies. With Medicaid’s never-ending evolution and wide variations in state programs, Medicaid is a significant and promising part of the future of home care.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the direction of federal policy reforms impacting the Medicaid home care programs
  • Identify potential health care delivery and financing reforms that affect Medicaid home care
  • Gain insights on provider community’s perspective on potential Medicaid home care policy changes

Faculty:

  • Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Colin Roskey, Director, Medicaid Action Council, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Course Level: Update; 1.0 Accounting CPEs (NASBA/RE)

3:45 - 4:30 pm

Federal Innovations in Health Policy and Delivery

This is an era of significant innovations in health care delivery and health care policy. Care in the community is at the center of much of the innovations underway or planned. This program looks at the present and future health policy innovations and the potential impact on care in the home. Included in this discussion are such innovations as care and payment bundling, quality improvement initiatives, technology applications, care integration, management of patients with chronic conditions, and shared risk payment models.

Objectives:

  • Identify policy trends in care and payment bundling and shared-risk payment models
  • Recognize quality improvement initiatives and care integration
  • Discuss current technology applications and future possibilities for care delivery
  • Identify innovative approaches to management of chronic conditions

Faculty:

  • Mary K. Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Course Level: There are no CEs available for this session

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Wrap Up: The Importance of Activism with Honorable Mark Begich

Since joining the NAHC team in 2015, former Senator Mark Begich has been impressed by the commitment and caring of NAHC’s staff. He’s even more impressed by the respect and admiration NAHC receives on Capitol Hill, where it is consistently viewed as one of the most effective organizations in Washington. Senator Begich will wrap up the 2016 March on Washington Conference by highlighting key issues and providing remarks on advocacy in advance of the attendees’ meetings with Congress the following day. Senator Begich will discuss how members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs work with NAHC, and he will provide attendees with strategic advice and valuable information that they can use to help ensure Congress produces effective legislation on key home care and hospice issues.

Speaker:

  • Honorable Mark P. Begich, Vice President for Policy and Business Development, NAHC

Course level: There are no CEs available for this session

Tuesday April 5

7:00 - 8:00 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 - 5:00 pm

Capitol Hill Visits

5:00 to 6:30 pm

Reception for March on Washington Attendees

Held at the Frederick Douglass Museum, just three blocks from the Capitol Building

 

 











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