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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

Web Event 12-2-14: Mastering Financial Management and Calculation of the Hospice Aggregate Cap

December 2, 2014, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST


Over recent years, an increasing percentage of hospices have exceeded their aggregate CAP; similarly, a growing percent of hospices are ending their CAP year close to the CAP threshold. A provision of the recently-enacted IMPACT Act (P.L. 113-185) will slow the annual rate of growth of the aggregate CAP, potentially placing more hospices at risk for a CAP liability. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated that hospices, beginning with the 2014 CAP year (Nov. 1, 2013 through Oct. 31, 2014) calculate and self-report their hospice aggregate CAP status and submit payment of any associated liability within 5 months of the close of the CAP year.  Given these changes, it is prudent that EVERY hospice program more closely monitor its aggregate CAP status throughout the course of the year. Accuracy and appropriate timing of the CAP calculation play a critical role in minimizing interim payments, as does knowledge of a hospice's options related to Extended Repayment Schedules (ERS).This session will provide attendees with general knowledge and skills to effectively monitor their aggregate CAP, and manage CAP reporting as well as any associated CAP liabilities.


  • Outline the rationale behind closer scrutiny of aggregate CAP liability and the policy goals related to more timely self-reporting
  • Explain the need to monitor CAP status throughout the year; Describe how to effectively monitor and compute the hospice's aggregate CAP status
  • Describe the information necessary to prepare the annual CAP self-determination and to make this submission
  • Project the final CAP liability and make request for ERS


  • Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, NAHC, Washington, DC
  • William T. (Ted) Cuppett, BS, CPA, Managing Partner, The Health Group, LLC, Morgantown, WV
  • Theresa Forster, Vice President for Hospice Policy and Programs, NAHC, Washington, DC


Hospice managers and financial personnel

Web Event:

This is a recording that includes power point presentations.  We encourage submission of questions from participants on the related subject matter during today’s web event. If you have a question (s) for the panel, please email your question to

Continuing Education Credits Offered to Accounting and Nurses:

Continuing Education Credits Offered to Accounting — This activity offers 2.0 CPE Credits

cperegistry_logoInquisit is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group Live
Prerequisite: None
Advanced Preparation: None

Continuing Education Credits Offered to NursesThis activity offers 1.5 CNE Credits for 90 minutes

Maryland Nursing Association (MNA), our continuing education provider, will offer continuing education credits
(1.5 CNE for 90 minutes)to nurses for this web event. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The approval code is: N14-60-1202-1126. Recorded (enduring) activity approval code is:  LN14-43-1201-1202. Certificates for the recorded activity may be downloaded until March 31, 2015. The Maryland Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation does not imply endorsement of any product, service or company referred to in this activity.  

Obtaining Continuing Education/Attendance Certificates:

Please reference your handout materials for obtaining your continuing education and attendance certificate instructions.

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds or substitutions will be allowed after Wednesday, November 26, and a $10.00 administrative cancellation fee will be charged. All cancellations must be made in writing to

Questions about Registration or Technical Support:

If you have questions, please email or call 866.863.3903 to have a representative assist you.

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