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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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Sep 25, 2017 09:36 AM

National Association for Homecare & Hospice (NAHC) Announces Affinity Partnership NAHC Partners with Manchester Specialty Programs to Provide Insurance for Members

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announces an affinity partnership with Manchester Specialty Programs Inc. to bring specialized insurance products to NAHC members.

 
Jul 08, 2016 11:42 AM

NAHC Announces Jim Comer to Speak at 2016 Annual Meeting

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), announced today that Jim Comer has been selected as one of the speakers at the 2016 NAHC Annual Meeting to be held October 23-26 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

 
May 10, 2016 02:22 PM

NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses during National Nurses Week

To celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) salute nursing as our country’s most trustworthy field. Americans share our faith in nurses, according to Gallup’s 2013 survey of “Honesty/Ethics in Professions.”

 
Dec 15, 2015 07:45 AM

Press Conference on Total Mileage Traveled by Home Care Each Year—Tuesday, December 15

On Tuesday, December 15, the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), will present the findings of a study undertaken to show the miles traveled by home care nurses, therapists and aides each year. Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), along with William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law at NAHC, will present the findings of the study.

 
Sep 21, 2015 03:13 PM

NAHC Applauds Congressional Letter to CMS Opposing Case Mix Cuts and Value-Based Purchasing Penalties

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) lauded Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR-2), Tom Price (R-GA-6), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), and James McGovern (D-MA-2), along with 129 other bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives, for sending a letter on Friday, September 18, to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that urges CMS to withdraw their proposed case mix cuts and unsustainable value-based purchasing penalties.

 
May 17, 2015 11:23 AM

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Named as Finalist for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President Val J. Halamandaris has once again been selected as a finalist by Modern Healthcare for its annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare issue. In recent times, he has been on this prestigious list numerous times as one of the movers and shakers in health care.

 
May 01, 2015 01:03 PM

NAHC Comments on Release of CMS Proposed Hospice Payment Rule for FY16

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today announced it is examining a proposed payment rule released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its potential impact on hospice patients and their families, as well as on hospice organizations nationwide.

 
Mar 10, 2015 05:03 PM

NAHC Celebrates its 33rd Birthday, Honors Birthday of Lillian Wald

Today, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) celebrates its 33rd Birthday, as well as the Birthday of Lillian Wald, by reflecting on its achievements and rededicating itself to the cause of advancing quality and cost-effective care.

 

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Celebrates Birthday of Frederick Douglass

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today called on all Americans to celebrate the 197th birthday of Frederick Douglass on February 14, 2015. As founder of the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame, Halamandaris has closely studied the life of this great abolitionist and activist for human rights.

 
Feb 03, 2015 08:40 AM

NAHC Opposes Proposed Home Health Copays and Inflation Update Cuts in President’s 2016 Budget

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly opposes the Obama Administration’s proposed home health copayments and payment cuts. NAHC maintains that deficit reduction should not come in the form of a “sick tax” on the nation’s poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable individuals.

 
Jan 31, 2015 08:18 AM

Senator Mark Begich Joins NAHC Team

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is today honored to announce that former U.S. Senator, Mark Begich, has joined the leadership team at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is today honored to announce that former U.S. Senator, Mark Begich, has joined the leadership team at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

 
Jan 15, 2015 11:41 AM

NAHC, along with Home Care Patients and Caregivers, Wins Huge Victory: Federal Court Rules to Strike Down Controversial New Overtime Rule

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its members today celebrated the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia invalidating a proposed new U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule slated to take effect on January 1, 2015.

 
Jan 09, 2015 01:00 PM

NAHC Applauds Passage of H.R. 30, Legislation that Defines Full-Time as 40 Hours Under the ACA

Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) applauded leaders in the House of Representatives for passing legislation that will change the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours. NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris issued the following statement.​

 
Jan 08, 2015 02:12 PM

Senator Collins, along with and Senators Donnelly, Manchin and Murkowski Introduce Legislation Amending the ACA to Establish 40 Hours a Week as Full Time Employment

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the all powerful Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with three of her colleagues Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), yesterday introduced legislation to cancel the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30 hour definition of full time work and return the U.S. to the more universally accepted standard of 40 hours a week.

 

U.S. District Court Issues Order Blocking a New Department of Labor (DOL) Rule Which Would Redefine Companionship Services

Andrea Devoti, chairman of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today hailed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) blocking the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing a proposed new definition of “companionship services.”

 
Jan 07, 2015 09:05 AM

Federal Court Rules for NAHC: Clears the Way for NAHC's Face-to-Face Lawsuit to Go Forward

Today, a federal district court issued a resounding victory for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the home health agencies, Medicare participating physicians, caregivers, and beneficiaries it represents.

 
Dec 24, 2014 09:44 AM

NAHC and Home Care Community Win Smashing Victory Negating Overtime Rule in Federal Court

NAHC and all of the members of the home care community celebrated today when they learned that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down onerous new overtime rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

 
Nov 05, 2014 09:52 AM

U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November

Home Care Aide Week Celebrated November 9-15

WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2014) – Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the themes for National Home Care and Hospice Month. Each November, the home care and hospice community honor and reflect upon the hero’s—nurses, caregivers, home care aides, therapists, and social workers—who make a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. These critical workers play a central role in their patients’ lives,

 
Oct 22, 2014 09:52 AM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting Highlights Industry With Annual Awards

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) believes in honoring those who have devoted their lives to the care and service of others. Some of them include the members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, whose first inductees were honored three years ago at NAHC’s largest meeting of the year. This was also NAHC’s third time honoring a Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, winner of a national vote on nurses from all 50 states.

 
Oct 21, 2014 01:02 PM

NAHC and Edelman Financial Services Announce Alliance

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Edelman Financial Services are pleased to announce that Edelman Financial Services will provide financial education, financial planning and investment management services to NAHC’s 33,000 home care and hospice agencies and members.

 
Oct 08, 2014 08:51 AM

CMS Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare Participating Home Health Agencies

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) orchestrated a two-prong effort that will have wide implications for nursing home, home health, and hospice agencies. First, CMS announced the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes that will improve consumer information about the quality of individual nursing homes. Second, CMS announced a long-awaited revision of the Home Health Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs).

 
Sep 17, 2014 11:10 AM

NAHC/HAA Applauds House Legislation that Calls for Greater Frequency of Hospice Surveyance

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 17, 2014) –Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Hospice Association of America (HAA) applauded leaders in the House of Representatives for passing legislation that calls for greater frequency of hospice surveyance.

 

NAHC Celebrates 24th Anniversary of the ADA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2014) – Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commemorates the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In celebration of this historic day, we reflect on the ADA and the many lives it has touched.

 
Jul 18, 2014 03:41 PM

NAHC Commends CMS for its Guidance on Medicare Part D for Hospice Patients

Andrea L. Devoti, chairman of the board of directors for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), commended Marilyn Tavenner, administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for taking essential steps to reduce prior authorization requirements for processing of drugs under Part D for hospice patients.

 
Jul 17, 2014 09:15 AM

NAHC and HHNA Announce Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award

Voting Through September 30 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse

Washington, D.C. (July 15, 2014)—WASHINGTON, DC (July 15, 2014) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) recently announced the top 10 finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Now NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to visit NAHC’s website and vote for this year’s winner.

 
Jul 08, 2014 01:54 PM

NAHC Acknowledges Efforts by CMS to Revise Face-to-Face Encounter Regulation for Home Care Industry

In response to pressure from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its Forum of State Associations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed revising the face-to-face encounter regulation to eliminate the onerous requirement to the physician’s narrative.​

 
Jul 01, 2014 02:22 PM

Ric Edelman Named Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting

Edelman Will Announce Plans to Help NAHC's Home Care and Hospice Nurses Beginning in October

Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2014)—Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC announced Ric Edelman, three times ranked the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation by Barron’s, will be a Keynote Speaker at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

 
Jun 30, 2014 09:30 AM

NAHC Calls for Greater Frequency of Hospice Surveysnce

Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2014)—Peter Whoriskey’s article (“Infrequent inspections of hospices can lead to agonizing lapses in care,” Washington Post, June 27) brings needed attention to a vital problem that the hospice industry has sought to correct for many years: the infrequency of government reviews (or surveys) to ensure that providers meet stringent patient quality-of-care requirements.

 
Jun 13, 2014 02:22 PM

HHFMA Announces Speakers for Financial Management Conference

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) are pleased to announce the speakers for the 2014 Financial Management Conference & Exposition on July 13-15 in Chicago.

 
Jun 05, 2014 03:40 PM

NAHC Statement on the Confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of HHS

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement on the confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 
Jun 03, 2014 02:22 PM

NAHC Announces Keynote Speakers for NAHC Annual Meeting

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce three new high-profile speakers for its Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 19 - 22, 2014. Featured speakers include Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman, Senate Finance Committee; former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords; and her husband, astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain Mark Kelly.

 
May 29, 2014 02:22 PM

Honoring Maya Angelou, Activist and American Poet

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) joined millions of people around the world in lamenting the loss of author, poet, and Caring Award honoree Maya Angelou.

 
May 05, 2014 02:22 PM

NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses during National Nurses Week

To celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) salute nursing as our country’s most trustworthy field. Americans share our faith in nurses, according to Gallup’s 2013 survey of “Honesty/Ethics in Professions.”

 
Apr 14, 2014 03:43 PM

Statement on the Resignation of Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of HHS

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 11, 2014) – Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), released the following statement on the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

 
Mar 14, 2014 03:43 PM

Home Care and Hospice Nurses, Aides, and Providers March on Washington, DC

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 14, 2014) – The members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice will come together on March 23-26, 2014, for NAHC’s annual March on Washington Conference & Exposition.

 
Mar 10, 2014 04:32 PM

Happy Birthday Lillian D. Wald

March 10 marks the birthday of Lillian D. Wald, nurse, social worker, public health official, teacher, author, editor, publisher, women's rights activist, and the founder of the American community nursing movement.

 
Mar 10, 2014 03:28 PM

NAHC Celebrates Birthday, Embarks on 33rd Year

Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) embarks on its 33rd year as the voice of home care and hospice. This birthday is a time to reflect on how NAHC has advanced quality, cost-effective care. NAHC was formed on March 10, 1982, through the merger of the National Association for Home Health Agencies and Council of Home Health Agencies.

 
Mar 05, 2014 12:10 PM

NAHC Opposes Proposed Home Health Copays and Inflation Update Cuts in President’s 2015 Budget

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly opposes the Obama Administration’s proposed home health copayments. NAHC maintains that deficit reduction should not come in the form of a “sick tax” on the nation’s poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable individuals.

 
Feb 27, 2014 08:49 AM

NAHC Empowers Home Care Rural Advocacy Alliance (HCRAA)

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced NAHC’s support for a new affiliate, the Home Care Rural Advocacy Alliance (HCRAA).

 
Feb 21, 2014 10:01 AM

NAHC and HHNA Seek 2014 Nominations for America’s Top Nurses in Home Care & Hospice

WASHINGTON D.C. (February 21, 2014) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) are launching their third annual Nurse Recognition Program. They are now accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country.

 
Feb 18, 2014 11:55 AM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Helps Lead Efforts to Celebrate Frederick Douglass’s Birthday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2014) – February 14 marks the 196th birthday of Frederick Douglass, notable statesman, orator, civil rights advocate, and former slave. To mark the occasion of his birth, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, who founded the Caring Institute and Frederick Douglass Museum, issued the following statement:

 
Jan 31, 2014 12:25 PM

NAHC Commends CMS on Program Integrity Announcement

WASHINGTON D.C. (January 31, 2014) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement:

 
Dec 09, 2013 10:41 AM

Honoring Nelson Mandela who Taught the Value of Freedom From the First Day of Life Until the Last

Washington, D.C. (December 6, 2013)—Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice joined millions of people across the globe in lamenting the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

 
Nov 22, 2013 10:57 AM

CMS Turns A Deaf Ear to the Pleas of Aged, Infirm, Disabled and Dying Americans

Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2013) — Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice took “sharp exception” to a final rule published today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The final rule, for the most part, confirmed a proposed rule, issued in July, which will cut the Medicare home health benefit by $22 billion over the next four years.​

 
Oct 30, 2013 10:57 AM

U.S. Celebrates National Home Care & Hospice Month in November Home is the Center of Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) called on all Americans to commemorate National Home Care & Hospice Month throughout November. He also called attention to Home Care Aide Week on November 10 to 16. These critical workers play a central role in their patients’ lives, and NAHC recognizes their efforts with this year’s theme: “Home is the Center of Health Care.”

 
Oct 30, 2013 10:02 AM

Caring Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Caring Awards Honorees

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 29, 2013) – Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, Co-Chairs of the Caring Institute announced the winners of the 2013 Caring Awards. Six adults and four youths are being commemorated at the Caring Awards Ceremony on October 31, in the Cherry Blossom Ballroom, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, during the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC.

 
Oct 25, 2013 10:02 AM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Conference highlights industry with annual awards

WASHINGTON D.C. (October 24, 2013) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the pleasure of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the care and service of others. The Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame began two years ago when its inductees were honored at NAHC’s largest meeting of the year. This is also NAHC’s second year honoring a Nurse of the Year, the winner of a national vote on nurses from every state.

 
Sep 23, 2013 09:34 AM

Statement by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris on Commission on Long-Term Care Recommendations

WASHINGTON D.C. (September 16, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the Commission on Long-Term Care’s vote on final recommendations:

 
Sep 17, 2013 04:45 PM

Repeal of Companionship Exemption Helps Neither Patients Nor Caregivers

This statement is released by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its affiliate the Private Duty Homecare Association.

 
Sep 13, 2013 08:47 AM

Val J. Halamandaris Honored with Home Care and Hospice “Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice

Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was honored with the “Home Care and Hospice Hero Award” from the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) at the 2013 Fall Conference & Tradeshow Annual Awards Luncheon on September 12 in Columbus, Ohio. The Home Care and Hospice Hero Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of home care and hospice during their career.

 
Aug 29, 2013 08:29 AM

Statement by NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

 
Jul 29, 2013 08:32 AM

NAHC Statement on CMS Announcement of Temporary and Targeted Moratorium on the Approval of New Home Health Agencies

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary and targeted moratorium on the approval of new home health agencies in the Miami and Chicago metropolitan areas. The moratorium takes effect on July 30, 2013.

 
Jul 16, 2013 12:33 PM

NAHC Announces Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award

Voting Begins July 16 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) announced the top 10 finalists who will compete to be Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Now NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to go to www.nahc.org and vote for the winner on July 16 through August 13, 2013. The 2013 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October​

 
Jul 03, 2013 01:03 PM

NAHC Comments on the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate Requirement

The Administration announced on Tuesday, July 2, that it is postponing for one year the requirement that employers with 50 or more full-time employees provide health insurance to such employees or face significant monetary penalties.

 
Jun 28, 2013 10:24 AM

NAHC Comments on the Proposed Changes to the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System

WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2013) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Thursday, June 27, proposed changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) for 2014 incorporating rebasing along with changes in case mix weights. CMS proposes to apply the full 3.5% rate cut authorized under the law. This results in an overall payment reduction of $290 million based on projected spending in 2014.

 

Statement from Val J. Halamandaris, President National Association for Home Care & Hospice on the Retirement of Mary St. Pierre

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2013) – “Today we honor Mary St. Pierre, who has just retired from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Mary served NAHC for almost 20 years directing the Regulatory Affairs Department, a vital role in which she advanced the cause of home care.

 
Jun 21, 2013 09:21 AM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Welcomes Input into Medicare Post-Acute Care Payment Reform

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2013) - The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) issued the following statement from President Val J. Halamandaris in response to an invitation from the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee leaders seeking ideas from stakeholders on how to reform Medicare post-acute care payments.

 
Jun 19, 2013 11:15 AM

Annual conference focuses on home care and hospice financial management and emerging opportunities in health care

Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2013) – Home health and hospice leaders will converge in Washington, DC on July 28 - 30, 2013 for the Financial Management Conference & Exposition designed to address the opportunities and challenges ahead for the industry.

 
May 17, 2013 03:26 PM

Statement by Val J. Halamandaris, President National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2013) – On behalf of the members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) - President Val J. Halamandaris, made the following statement:

 
May 16, 2013 12:55 PM

NAHC Statement on the Confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 16, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement about the confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner to the post of Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

 
May 08, 2013 02:54 PM

NAHC Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) are now marking National Nurses Week. From May 6 to 12, we honor the special home care and hospice nurses who serve those in need. “Our focus is to highlight the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country,” said Andrea L. Devoti, RN, chairman of the NAHC board. “This week we have a unique chance to put a human face on our industry.”

 
May 02, 2013 12:29 PM

Val J. Halamandaris honored with Home Care Champion award from Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts

Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was honored with the “Home Care Champion” award from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCAM) at the 2013 Home Care Innovations Showcase & Star Awards ceremony on May 1 at the Revere Hotel in Boston.

 

NAHC Opposes Proposed Home Health Copays and Inflation Update Cuts in President’s 2014 Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2013) –The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly opposes the Obama Administration’s proposed home health copayments and believes deficit reduction should not come in the form of a “sick tax” on the nation’s poorest, sickest and most vulnerable individuals.​

 
Mar 28, 2013 09:38 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Supports Re-introduction of Senators Thune, Klobuchar Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2013) – During the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s March on Washington, Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) re-introduced legislation to expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities across the country.

 
Mar 18, 2013 11:14 AM

Two more keynotes added for upcoming March on Washington Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference – March 17-20, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 15, 2013) – NAHC is pleased to announce the addition of two speakers, Karyn Buxman and the Honorable Barbara Kennelly, to its powerful line up for the upcoming March on Washington | Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference & Exposition on March 17 through March 20 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

 
Feb 28, 2013 09:54 AM

NAHC Submits Testimony for Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Hearing on Medicare’s Benefit Design

Issues surrounding proposed changes to Medicare – including whether or not to add more copayments – became the focal point of recent hearing

WASHINGTON D.C. (Feb. 28, 2013) – The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health held its first hearing of the 113th Congress Tuesday with the hearing focusing on Medicare’s benefit design – and particularly on proposed changes to cost sharing in the program.

 
Feb 25, 2013 05:22 PM

National Home Care Nurse Recognition Program seeks 2013 nominations

Washington, D.C. (February 25, 2013) –The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) are launching the second annual nurse recognition program and are accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country for 2013.

 
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Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2013) – Today marks the 195th birthday of Frederick Douglass, notable statesman, author, civil rights advocate and former slave. To mark the occasion of Mr. Douglass’ birthday, NAHC President and founder of the Caring Institute and Frederick Douglass Museum, Val J. Halamandaris issued the following statement:

 
Feb 13, 2013 05:34 PM

NAHC applauds President Obama for restrained approach to Medicare overhaul

Washington, D.C. (February 13, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address:

 
Feb 05, 2013 05:43 PM

NAHC supports the re-nomination of Marilyn Tavenner, former home care nurse, as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Washington, D.C. (February 8, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement about the re-nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to the post of Administrator of CMS.

 
Jan 04, 2013 05:44 PM

NAHC President compliments Congress and the White House on spirit of cooperation and avoiding “Fiscal Cliff” consequences

Washington, D.C. (January 4, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in recognition of the passage and signing into law of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

 
Dec 05, 2012 05:48 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice calls for cooperation between parties to solve pending crisis

Washington, D.C. (December 5, 2012) – While the fiscal cliff looms ahead of us, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is encouraging Members of Congress to take action to find the right combination of tax increases and budget cuts to avert disaster.

 
Nov 30, 2012 05:49 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice joins with Optimal Phone Interpreters to provide language-interpreting services

Washington, D.C. (November 30, 2012) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce the strategic partnership with Optimal Phone Interpreters (OPI) to provide language-interpreting services at a special rate to its members.

 
Nov 26, 2012 05:50 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Calls OIG Recommendations “Constructive and Useful”

Washington, D.C. (November 26, 2012) – “The report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Report provides constructive and useful recommendations for improvements in the program integrity of personal care services paid for by Medicaid,” stated Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “We have long supported the establishment of minimum national standards for worker competencies, qualifications and background screen​

 
Nov 01, 2012 05:52 PM

Private Duty Home Care Plays Essential Role in Continuum of Care

Highlighted during November as National Home Care & Hospice Month

Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2012) – There is never a good time to get sick and need help, but when you do there is an entire industry ready to help patients get back on their feet again—all in the comfort of their own homes. During National Home Care & Hospice month this November, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) are shining a light on the benefits of home care and hospice and the golden opportunity ahead to in​

 
Oct 31, 2012 05:55 PM

Health Crisis Faced by U.S. is Brought to Light During National Home Care & Hospice Month

Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2012) – Our country is facing a crisis that is summed up in two numbers: 5 and 50. They stand for the 5 percent of patients who account for 50 percent of rising health care costs that threaten to cripple federal government and states. During National Home Care & Hospice month this November, NAHC is shining a light on the benefits of home care and hospice and the golden opportunity ahead to increase access to home care.

 
Oct 23, 2012 05:58 PM

NAHC and DecisionHealth Announce Strategic Alliance

Home health agencies and hospices to see new services, cooperative efforts in 2013

Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2012) – Members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will see enhancements to member benefits in 2013 as a result of a strategic alliance between NAHC and DecisionHealth.

 
Oct 23, 2012 05:57 PM

NAHC Praises Class Action Settlement That Protects Medicare Patients

Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2012) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement about the settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Medicare.

 
Oct 22, 2012 02:48 PM

Senators Dole and Daschle Announce 2012 Caring Award Winners

Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2012) – Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, Co-Chairs of the Caring Institute today announced the 2012 Caring Award winners. These six amazing adults and six extraordinary youths are being acknowledged for their efforts to give back to society. They will be commemorated at the Caring Awards Ceremony at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida , where they will be inducted into the Caring Hall of Fame.

 
Oct 12, 2012 02:50 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Hosts CEO Leadership School

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2012) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will host a CEO Leadership School at the 2012 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Sunday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 
Oct 09, 2012 02:51 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Conference highlights industry with annual awards

Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame recipients and Nurse of the Year announced

Washington, D.C.(October 9, 2012) – Every year, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the pleasure of honoring those who have dedicated their life to the care and service of others. The Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame was started in 2011 and the inductees are honored at the Association’s largest meeting of the year. This is the inaugural year for the Nurse of the Year award, which was determined through a national voting process with each state nominated one finalist.

 
Oct 05, 2012 02:52 PM

Statement by Val J. Halamandaris, President National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2012) – On behalf of the members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), I want to congratulate the Medicare Fraud Strike Task Force and law enforcement agencies for taking forthright action to stem what appears to be a coordinated scheme to divert federal money intended for care of the aged and infirm. We believe that all Americans are entitled to the presumption of innocence, and we do not want to prejudge this case without having all the facts.​

 
Sep 13, 2012 02:53 PM

NAHC applauds Eli Lilly on health literacy recognition

Washington , D.C. (September 13, 2012) – On behalf of the twelve million people that receive home care services annually in the US, NAHC would like to commend and recognize pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly on the national recognition it received for its health literacy efforts. Health illiteracy is a problem many Americans face, especially the elderly. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two thirds of people over 60 have inadequate health literacy.

 
Sep 07, 2012 02:54 PM

NAHC Applauds Recognition of Home Care in Both GOP and DNC Platforms

Washington , D.C. (September 7, 2012) – Every four years, both the GOP and DNC release the much anticipated party platform, which gives voters a guide to the party’s position on key issues. NAHC lauds both the GOP and DNC for recognizing and highlighting home care in their 2012 Platforms.

 
Jul 31, 2012 02:56 PM

NAHC Recommends How to Modernize Medicare on the Program’s 47th Birthday

Washington , D.C. (July 31, 2012) – Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, today issued this statement:

 
Jun 28, 2012 02:57 PM

Home health care association responds to Supreme Court's decision on Affordable Care Act

Washington , D.C. (June 28, 2012) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. The following is the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) official statement, from President Val J. Halamandaris:

 
Jun 11, 2012 02:58 PM

Annual conference focuses on home care and hospice financial management and emerging opportunities

Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2012) – Home health and hospice leaders will converge in Dallas, Texas on July 15 - 17, 2012 for the Financial Management Conference & Exposition designed to address the opportunities and challenges ahead for the industry and to equip home health and hospices with solid direction on how to operate efficiently, deliver consistent, reliable services and expand operations into the new home care opportunities that are developing.

 
May 18, 2012 03:00 PM

Val J. Halamandaris is honored with Claude D. Pepper National Merit award from United HomeCare

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2012) – Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will be presented with the Claude D. Pepper National Merit Award for his invaluable contributions to healthcare and hospice by United HomeCare at its 18th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Dinner in Miami, Florida. He will also serve as the evening’s keynote speaker.

 
May 17, 2012 03:01 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association announce new Uniform Chart of Accounts for industry

Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2012) – In an effort to create a uniformity with financial reporting in the industry, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) have released The Uniform Chart of Accounts.

 
May 09, 2012 03:02 PM

NAHC Celebrates Nurses During National Nurses Week with Official Launch of Recognition Program

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2012) – To coincide with National Nurses Week, which is celebrated May 6-12, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has launched a search asking its 33,000 members, affiliated state associations and the American public to help identify the top hospice and home care nurses in the nation.

 
Apr 30, 2012 03:04 PM

Halamandaris to be honored with Lifetime Leadership Award by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2012) – Val Halamandaris will be honored with a Lifetime Leadership award from the Association for Home & Hospice Care (AHHC) of North Carolina at its 40th Annual Convention on Monday, April 30, 2012.

 
Mar 21, 2012 03:05 PM

Home Care and Hospice Nurses, Aides and Providers From All 50 States to March on Washington

Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2012) – The members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice will come together on March 25-28, 2012, for the annual March on Washington & Law Symposium Conference & Exposition. Representatives from all 50 states will converge on Capitol Hill and execute their right to petition members of the Senate and House, with the goal to encourage Congress to protect and expand access to home care and hospice services for aged, infirm, disabled, and dying Americans.

 
Mar 14, 2012 03:07 PM

Harvard Business School Association of Boston to host event addressing large evolving senior market

Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC will lead discussion

Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2012) – The Harvard Business School Association of Boston will host an event on March 15, 2012 entitled ‘Our Aging Population: Opportunities for All’ that will address and discuss the constantly expanding senior market and how the industry is developing new business and technology platforms to meet the needs of this growing age group of Americans.

 
Mar 13, 2012 03:08 PM

NAHC partners with Marsh U.S. Consumer

New initiative assures members competitively priced liability insurance options

WASHINGTON D.C. (Feb. 13, 2012) – NAHC is excited to announce a new marketing partnership with Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc. to provide solutions for professional liability insurance at competitively priced rates to its members.

 
Feb 29, 2012 03:10 PM

Statement by Val J. Halamandaris, President National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Washington, D.C. (February 29, 2012) – On behalf of the members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), I want to congratulate the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Justice, and Texas law enforcement agencies for taking forthright action to stem what appears to be a coordinated scheme to divert federal money intended for care of the aged and infirm.

 
Feb 14, 2012 03:12 PM

President Releases 2013 Budget Includes Medicare & Medicaid Cuts and Home Health Copays

WASHINGTON D.C. (Feb. 14, 2012) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly opposes the Administration’s proposed home health copayments and believe deficit reduction should not come in the form of a “sick tax” on the nation’s poorest and sickest. The President’s Budget also included a reduced Market Basket Index (inflation) updates in 2014 to 2021. The proposed update reductions of 1.1 percentage points each year affect all post-acute providers.

 
Feb 10, 2012 03:13 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Celebrates Frederick Douglass's Birthday

WASHINGTON , D.C. (Feb. 10, 2012) – Fred Morsell, scholar and impersonator, keeps the spirit of Frederick Douglass alive through his educational performance of "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass." Morsell has brought this performance to over 500 schools and communities nationally since 1988, highlighting Douglass’ keys to success including, believing in yourself, taking advantage of every opportunity and using the power of the written and spoken language to effect positive change for yourself.

 
Feb 01, 2012 03:14 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Creates Important New Medicaid Affiliate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 1, 2012) – Andrea Devoti, Chairman of the Board of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) today announced the creation of a new NAHC affiliate specifically focused on Medicaid home care and hospice issues.

 
Jan 30, 2012 03:15 PM

Proposed Rule Change by Department of Labor Would Harm the Frail Elderly and Adversely Impact Home Care Workers, the Businesses that Employ Them and the Government Programs that Allow Aging at Home

Survey of over 1,500 home care companies predicts major issues for the industry and consumers

January 30, 2012 (Washington D.C.) - The Private Duty Homecare Association of America (PDHCA) and the National Private Duty Association (NPDA) today released the results of a national survey of home care agencies on the impact of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DoL) proposed rule which effectively eliminates the companionship services’ overtime exemption in private pay home care and live-in services.

 
Jan 17, 2012 03:16 PM

Private Duty Home Care Leadership Summit and Exposition in Las Vegas highlights role of in home care

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 17, 2012) – This fast paced conference is focused on solid operational, sales, and marketing content with immediate takeaways for private duty agencies. Held at the Bellagio from Jan. 23-25, 2012, PDHCA is offering a new expanded and intensive format and a great lineup of expert speakers, including Lance Secretan and Paul Kusserow.

 
Nov 30, 2011 03:46 PM

NAHC supports the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner, former home care nurse, as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON D.C. (Nov. 30, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement about the nomination of deputy Marilyn Tavenner to the post of Administrator of CMS.

 
Nov 22, 2011 10:21 AM

Supercommittee's Inability to Reach Agreement on Deficit Reduction Proposal Means No Home Health Co-pays

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 22, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement concerning release of a statement yesterday by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (supercommittee) that it was unable to reach agreement on a deficit reduction proposal:

 
Nov 17, 2011 10:19 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Calls on Congress to Support Health Care Jobs Not Medicare and Medicaid Cuts

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 17, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in support of the numerous coalitions, organizations, and individuals rallying today in the Senate to send a message to the Congress that promoting job growth is of utmost importance to the nation’s economy and that cuts to Medicare and Medicaid will only harm job growth.

 
Nov 14, 2011 10:17 AM

The Connecticut Hospice receives the first Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Palliative Care

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 14, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in recognition of The Connecticut Hospice, the nation’s first hospice, receiving the Joint Commission’s first Advanced Certification in Palliative Care:

 
Nov 03, 2011 10:16 AM

NAHC statement on CMS’ final ruling on 2012 rate

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 3, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final ruling on 2012 rates for home health care.

 
Nov 01, 2011 10:14 AM

National Home Care & Hospice Month highlights the benefits of being cared for at home

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2011) – Mother Teresa was a hospice nurse and was an example to the world of love, dedication and the importance of caring for those that are sick and dying. One of her favorite expressions was “Choose always the hardest way.” NAHC celebrates November as National Home Care & Hospice month and remembers her sacrifice and salutes the thousands in the industry that choose to help those that are sick and dying every day.

 
Oct 19, 2011 05:44 PM

Statement on HHS CLASS Act recommendation

WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement about the Department of Health and Human Services announcement on the CLASS Act.

 
Oct 12, 2011 05:40 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice 30th annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas a success

WASHINGTON D.C. (Oct. 12, 2011) – The 30th anniversary of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was celebrated at the annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas this week. With 5,000 attendees and over 500 exhibitors, the three day meeting was a great success.

 
Oct 03, 2011 05:39 PM

NAHC Statement on Senate Finance Committee Report

WASHINGTON D.C. (October 3, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the Senate Finance Committee Report on Home Health Services.

 
Sep 29, 2011 05:38 PM

National Association for Homecare & Hospice 30th annual meeting and expo in Las Vegas highlights role of technology in industry

Six awards will be awarded to home care and hospice heroes

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 29, 2011) – The increasing role of technology in the home care and hospice industry will be highlighted at the 30 th annual meeting and exposition of the National Association for Homecare & Hospice in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from Oct. 1-5. Hundreds of nurses, physicians and homecare aides will attend continuing education classes, learning how to survive and thrive in the new health care terrain and be motivated and moved by celebrity speakers and industry experts.

 
Sep 23, 2011 05:37 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Members of the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON D.C. (Sept. 23, 2011) – Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), released the names of the first 30 persons to be inducted into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame. New honorees will be voted for each year.

 
Sep 21, 2011 05:36 PM

Administration short sighted on co-pay recommendation as a way to deficit reduction

WASHINGTON D.C. (Sept. 21, 2011) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has the highest respect for President Obama and appreciates his balanced approached to deficit reduction. However, we strongly oppose the Administration’s proposed home health copayment and believe deficit reduction should not come in the form of a “sick tax” on the nation’s poorest and sickest Medicare beneficiaries.​

 
Sep 13, 2011 05:35 PM

New Analysis: Proposed Government Regulation Will Put More Than Half of America's Medicare Home Health Agencies in the Red

Proposed Cuts Would Seriously Threaten Patient Access to Cost-Effective, Senior-Preferred Home Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 13, 2011) – In response to changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the home health prospective payment system, the home health community today issued warnings that large adjustments to home health payments will have a significant and alarming impact on the financial viability of America’s home health providers. 

 
Sep 12, 2011 05:34 PM

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 91 Defendants with $295 Million False Billing

Largest Single Strike Force Takedown

WASHINGTON D.C. (September 12, 2011) – In a coordinated action in eight cities, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 91 defendants with various Medicare fraud schemes totaling approximately $295 million in alleged false billing. The Department of Justice described this as “the highest amount of false Medicare billings in a single takedown in Strike Force history.”

 
Aug 01, 2011 05:34 PM

Statement regarding Debt Ceiling agreement

WASHINGTON D.C. (August 1, 2011) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice today released a statement from president Val J. Halamandaris about the current debt ceiling legislation.

 
Jul 22, 2011 05:32 PM

Nurses rally on Capitol Hill to protect home health care

Home health nurses will gather in DC to be the voice of the thousands of patients served by the home care community across the US who would be directly affected by proposed cuts in Medicare/Medicaid. These patients are so sick that they cannot leave home without assistance and suffer from numerous complex medical issues. Home health agencies cannot tolerate any further cuts and co-payments that, if implemented, would have adverse effects on patients.

 
Jul 22, 2011 05:31 PM

Nurses from Across the Country to Participate in National Tele Town Hall Meeting - Wednesday, July 27

NAHC Convening Nurses from 50 States to Discuss Serious Impact Proposed Funding Cuts and Copays Would Have On Health of Sickest Americans

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services each year to some 10 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC is committed to excellence in every respect and provides informat​

 
Jul 07, 2011 05:30 PM

Physician Poll Shows New Medicare Rule Blocking Needed Home Health Care

Physicians consider extensive paperwork burden to negatively impact on the health of their patients who need skilled care in the home

WASHINGTON, D.C (July 7, 2011)—A Medicare rule intended to improve physician involvement and clinical integration with skilled home health care services is having negative health consequences for Medicare homebound patients.

 
Jul 01, 2011 05:28 PM

New Poll Shows Overwhelming, Bipartisan Opposition to Home Health Care Budget Cuts

By Wide Margin, Public Tells Debt Ceiling Negotiators to Reject Medicare Cuts, Instead Focus on Program Integrity Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2011) – As policymakers negotiate a debt ceiling agreement that could include up to $50 billion in home health funding cuts, [i] including changes that will increase out-of-pocket costs for some of America's lowest-income seniors, a new poll out today shows that nearly three of every four Americans oppose such measures and favor alternative proposals centered around better care coordination and strong efforts to eliminate fraud and abuse.

 
Jun 29, 2011 05:27 PM

NAHC Statement on Lieberman-Coburn Medicare Bill

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 29, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), released the following statement regarding legislation unveiled today by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Coburn (R-OK):

 
Jun 28, 2011 05:26 PM

Seniors, Patients, Veterans Organizations Urge Congress and the Obama Administration to Reject Harmful Proposals in Debt Ceiling Compromise

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 28, 2011) – Thirty organizations representing seniors, persons with disabilities, military veterans, the chronically ill and minority Americans today expressed their concerns to President Obama and Congress that measures being discussed as part of a debt ceiling compromise could significantly restrict Americans’ access to Medicare services.

 
Jun 27, 2011 05:25 PM

Annual conference will focus on financial management advice for home health businesses as Medicare payment rates tighten

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2011) – Home health and hospice leaders will converge in San Diego on July 13-15, 2011 for the 17 th Annual Financial Management Conference & Exposition designed to address the opportunities and challenges ahead for the industry.

 
Jun 17, 2011 05:24 PM

Home health care will shine in light of Gabrielle Giffords

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2011) – On behalf of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, we congratulate Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford as she returns home to continue to receive important treatment and therapy through home health care.

 
Jun 03, 2011 05:23 PM

Home Care & Hospice Community Applauds Representatives' Call on CMS to Ease Unnecessary Barriers to Home Care

WASHINGTON D.C. (June 3, 2011) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commends the bipartisan support from the House of Representatives, where 105 cosigners signed onto a letter circulated by Representatives Joe Courtney, Walter Jones, John Lewis and Linda Sanchez asking CMS to streamline face to face reporting requirements.

 
May 19, 2011 05:22 PM

Home Care & Hospice Community Applauds Senators’ Call on CMS to Ease Unnecessary Barriers to Home Care

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 19, 2011) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today commended the bipartisan majority of Senators who signed onto a letter calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator to ease rules hindering Medicare recipients’ access to home care services.

 
May 13, 2011 05:21 PM

Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by Recent Data Highlighting Cost Effectiveness of Caring for Seniors and Disabled Americans at Home

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 13, 2011) – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today highlighted the results of recent studies by Genworth Financial and the AARP Research & Strategic Analysis that exemplify the multi-faceted value of home care.

 
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May 12, 2011 11:53 AM

Home Healthcare Nurses Association kicks off membership drive during National Nurses Week

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 12, 2011) – In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) is re-launching its membership.

 
Apr 29, 2011 05:20 PM

Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by CMS' Proposed 2012 Hospice Wage Index

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 29, 2011) –The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today commented on the positive changes proposed by CMS in the “Medicare Program: Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2012” report:

 
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Apr 29, 2011 11:59 AM

Val Halamandaris is honored with Claude Pepper Award at 2011 Aging in America Conference

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 29, 2011) – Val Halamandaris was presented with the Claude Pepper Award for excellence in community-based long-term care by the National Council on Aging at the 2011 Aging in America Conference.

 
Apr 15, 2011 05:18 PM

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Applauds Joint Commission Positioning Statement Citing the Growing Demand, Effectiveness of Home Care Services

Home care is less expensive, reduces hospitalizations, and 'key step in achieving optimal health outcomes for many patients'

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 15, 2011) –The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) praised a Joint Commission positioning statement released this week, which reinforces that safe, quality, highly skilled and high-tech home care is the preferred choice of many Americans.

 
Apr 13, 2011 05:17 PM

Improving Home Care Critical to Addressing Chronic Disease and Reducing Health Care Costs Nationwide

NAHC President Commends Obama Administration on Forward-Looking Entitlement Plan; Urges Additional Steps to Preserve Home Care for Seniors

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 13, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to exclude proposals that would impact seniors’ access to critical home care services:

 
Apr 13, 2011 05:16 PM

NAHC Commends 'Partnership for Patients' Initiative

Strong National Home Care System Critical to Patient Safety

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 13, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), released the following statement in response to the unveiling of “Partnership for Patients,” a new public-private partnership effort to address the issue of patient safety:​

 
Apr 01, 2011 05:15 PM

NAHC Urges Congress and CMS to reverse face-to-face regulation

CMS decision to enforce rules has dire consequences for homebound patients

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 1, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to not delay the implementation of the “face-to-face encounter” requirements in order to receive home care under Medicare:

 
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Mar 30, 2011 12:03 PM

Home care & hospice providers from forty six states complete more than one hundred visits with elected officials during the March on Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2011) – The annual March on Washington came to a close today with hundreds of home care and hospice providers from 46 states coming to DC to keep the fight alive for the critical, high-value, high-quality care that is delivered every day to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals.

 
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Mar 29, 2011 12:09 PM

Senators Collins, Thune, Cardin and Wyden address hundreds of home care and hospice providers

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 29, 2011) - Four Senators addressed the hundreds of home care and hospice providers today that have come to our nation's capitol to keep the fight alive for the critical, high-value, high-quality care that is offered to millions of vulnerable citizens in this country.

 
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Mar 28, 2011 12:16 PM

CNN political analyst David Gergen spoke with home care and hospice providers at annual March on Washington event

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 28, 2011) – Nationally known and recognized political analyst David Gergen spoke today at the National Home Care & Hospice Association’s March on Washington event about the uncertain times that we face as a country.

 
Mar 25, 2011 03:54 PM

Halamandaris Names Wehri to Join the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Hospice Association of America

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 25, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), today announced that Katie Wehri has agreed to join NAHC’s team and the Hospice Association of America (HAA). Ms. Wehri has over 20 years experience in the hospice industry and has worked in a variety of settings including hospital based and that of the community-based hospice. These hospices consisted of inpatient unit, pediatric hospice and palliative care services.

 
Mar 15, 2011 03:52 PM

NAHC President Calls on Congress to Improve Home Care for Seniors

Proposed Funding Cuts and Co-Pay Requirement Would Negatively Impact Health and Economic Well-Being of Millions of Seniors and Disabled American

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 15, 2011) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in response to today’s release of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) report:

 
Mar 10, 2011 03:51 PM

NAHC celebrates the beginning of its 30th year, continues to fight the “last great civil rights battle”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2011) – Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will enter its 30 th year as an organization devoted to advocating on behalf of care givers and the patients in need of home care or hospice care. NAHC recognizes the right for patients to be cared for in their homes as America’s last great civil rights battle and pledges to continue to defend that right.

 
Feb 28, 2011 03:50 PM

Frederick Douglass Museum Commemorates the Birthday of Great Leader

WASHINGTON , D.C. (February 28, 2011) – February marks the birthday of the great leader of the abolitionist movement and advocate for human rights, Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Museum and Caring Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Capitol Hill was the first Washington, DC, home of the famed statesman in the mid-1870s.

 
Jan 20, 2011 03:49 PM

Halamandaris Names Orsini to Help Lead the NAHC Private Duty Homecare Association of America

Washington, DC – January 20, 2011 -- Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC, today announced that Merrily Orsini, CEO of corecubed, has agreed to help lead NAHC’s related Private Duty Homecare Association of America.

 
Jan 14, 2011 03:47 PM

MedPAC Recommends Copays to Access Medicare Home Health: 'A Discredited Idea,' Says NAHC President

WASHINGTON , D.C. (January 14, 2011) – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted yesterday to recommend that Congress impose a new copayment obligation on Medicare home health patients and that provider payment rates be cut in several ways starting in 2012 and thereafter.

 
 
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