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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


Conference Schedule:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

5:00 - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception

Monday, February 1, 2016

9:00 - 10:00 am Breakfast
9:30 - 10:15 am Opening General Session
10:45 - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Education Sessions:
1. Doing Business with ACO’s: An A to Z Guide
2. New Accreditation Program

12:00 - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 pm

Concurrent Education Sessions:
1. Compliant Pay Practices in the New Regulatory Environment

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Education Sessions:
1. Retention and Recruitment Tactics
2. Branding Your Agency: Communicating Your Heart and Passion

4:15 - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Education Sessions:
1. Marketing Your Agency: Best Practices and Processes
2. Meeting Operational and Compliance Challenges

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

8:30 - 9:30 am Networking Breakfast
9:30 - 12:00 pm Birds of a Feather Topics
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch and General Session

Monday Concurrent Sessions:

Doing Business with ACO’s: An A to Z Guide

We will explore the current state of accountable care organizations, focusing on quality and financial obligations.  Additionally, we’ll talk about ACO leadership experiences and success stories of collaboration by looking at data and cost control measures.


  • Overview of accountable care status in 2015
  • In-depth look at ACO financial performance and the various types and models of ACO’s
  • Target, approach, and create a winning value proposition for ACO’s

Faculty: John Marchica, BA, MA, MBA, President, Darwin Research Group, Phoenix, AZ; Bob Roth, BS, Managing Director and Co-Founder, One on One Home Care Solutions, Managing Partner, Cypress HomeCare Solutions, Phoenix, AZ

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)


The New Accreditation Program

Accreditation serves to protect consumers, communities and payers by ensuring safe, competent and accountable case from an organization that maintain a certain level of integrity.  The accreditation process accomplishes this by setting organizational and service delivery standards and enabling agencies to measure and evaluate quality, opportunities for improvement , and how care delivery standards are met. This program introduces the accreditation program to providers and explains the process for improving care through the accreditation process. The session will provide participants with tools and methodologies that will assist each participant in understanding the accreditation process, the methodology to implement program and improve patient care.

Faculty: Brittnei Salerno, BS, Owner/CEO, La Jolla Nurses Homecare, La Jolla, CA; Lucy Andrews, RN, MS, CEO , At Your Home Services, Santa Rosa, CA; Pat Drea, BSN, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Visiting Angels, Charlotte, NC

Compliant Home Care Pay Practices in the New Regulatory Environment

Join Littler Shareholder Angelo Spinola, who will survey the changing legal landscape for the home care industry.  He will advise you on how to comply with new regulatory burdens while still operating a successful home care business.  He will also review commonly targeted wage and hour practices in home care such as payment of travel time, waiting time, meal and rest periods, compensation for live-in shifts, and discuss how to avoid common wage and hour mistakes and the best practices for preventing class action litigation and DOL investigations.


  • Define the latest state and national regulatory efforts, and corresponding litigation, to require home care agencies to pay employees overtime.
  • Explore compensation models and practices to minimize the risk for agency investigations and lawsuits.
  • Report from recent cases where agencies were slapped with penalties for following inaccurate interpretations from their state’s Department of Labor or for noncompliant practices.

Faculty: Angelo Spinola, Attorney and Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C., Atlanta, GA

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

Retention and Recruitment Tactics

Holding on to and gaining more qualified caregivers is one of the industry’s biggest challenges.  The changing demands of the job can lead to staff turnover, higher costs, and sub-optimal customer service.  In this session, you can pick up recruitment strategies, find out about tools and resources, and learn how to avoid these cycles.  This is your guide to monitoring trends and success.


  • Discuss recruitment 101, sources, process and outcome
  • Using data to formulate retention best practices
  • Discuss operational accountability to track effectiveness

Faculty: Georjean Sweis, MBA, Director, Vising Angels, Living Assistance Services, Naperville, IL

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

Branding Your Agency: Communicating Your Heart and Passion

Branding is the buzzword of business, including home care.  So it’s important to know how to boost your brand in order to build recognition and recalls.  Learn from a leading home care agency about the key components of branding.  You’ll leave knowing what a brand is, how to impart it to your community, the importance of messaging, and how to develop systems that monitor your brand’s success.


  • Identify your agency’s core message
  • Define the heart of your image
  • Convey your message and experience through your agency’s actions

Faculty: Bob Roth, BS, Managing Director and Co-Founder, One on One Home Care Solutions, Managing Partner, Cypress HomeCare Solutions, Phoenix, AZ

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

Marketing Your Agency: Best Practices and Processes

Whether you’re a nurse supervisor, care manager, or owner, this session is for you.  Ultimately, the success of an agency relies upon its ability to continuously grow and improve. Everyone in an agency has a role to play in keeping up and making things better- for our patients’ sakes, too, not just our own.


  • Discern the objectives of each position in your agency
  • Build and hone a business development strategy
  • Designate action plans for agency members and monitor progress

Faculty: Melanie Stover, OTR/L, MBA,MS/ISM, Vice President of Business Development, Home Care Sales by Power Shot Training, Inc., Shorewood, MN

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

Meeting Operational and Compliance Challenges

Developments in regulations are forcing home care agencies to adapt.  Companionship, live-in, and white collar exemptions are only a few of the many changes our facet of the industry faces.  Updates with the Family Medical Leave Act, contractor classification, and auditing dynamics are also putting pressure on home care agencies.  Adopting a fluid model of adjusting to changes is the best way to make sure your agency stays afloat.


  • Review regulatory changes  and requirement details
  • Discuss the sources of these new developments
  • Formulating compliance protocols

Faculty: Patricia Drea, RN, BSN, MPA, CEO, Visiting Angels, Tega Cay, SC

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

Tuesday Birds-of-a-Feather Roundtable Sessions:

At the Private Duty Home Care Conference, you’ll participate in Birds-of-a-Feather roundtable sessions. This popular, face-to-face format is a fabulous opportunity to get expert input, meet and identify with peers, and discuss important issues for growing and improving Private Duty businesses and the care capabilities they provide. Active participants set the pace and ask the questions. Specially selected expert leaders facilitate access to each other, one-on-one, and offer their expertise in an hour of in-depth information exchange on some of the most timely and important issues for Private Duty and private pay businesses.

Tuesday General Session

National Update 2016: Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Issues Affecting Private Duty Home Care

Home care is an essential health care service, particularly with aging of the U.S. population. It is estimated that 14-15 million Americans use some form of home care service every year. Private duty personal care services make up a significant portion of that care with more than $20 billion annually in private pay service combined with government funded programs such as Medicaid adding another $70 billion. The size and scope of private duty home care translates to a host of legal, legislative, and regulatory issues even in a business that does not do business with the government.

This session provides up-to-the-minute information and insights on the hot topics in law and policy affecting private duty home care. From the status of overtime compensation litigation pending before the Supreme Court to emerging employer responsibilities under Obamacare to major Medicaid home care reforms, this session will cover the whole home care landscape.  If you are in the business of private duty home care, you are on the agenda of Congress, federal agencies, and the courts!


  • Identify the crucial private duty home care issues pending before Congress and the federal agencies.
  • Detail the innovations underway in Medicaid creating opportunities for home care.
  • Discuss the potential impact of the upcoming 2016 elections on home care.

Faculty: William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice; Director, Center for Health Care Law; and Executive Director, Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.25 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/RE)

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