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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

Heath 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

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

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

January 17, 2012 03:16 PM


For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424

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.

Lance Secretan wants to change lives by taking leadership to new heights. As an award-winning author and corporate advisor, he shows the link between high performance and high ideals. Paul Kusserow is a senior vice president and chief strategy and corporate development officer at Humana. He is at the forefront of change in the health care industry.

“With some new additions based on attendee feedback from prior years, this year’s conference promises immediate returns to attendees, with both pre-conference and post-conference intensive workshops focused on operations and sales,” said Merrily Orsini, Chief Strategic Officer for the Private Duty Homecare Association. “Operations Toolbox: Nuts & Bolts of Building Systems & Sustaining Profitability” is one of the pre-conference intensive workshops being offered. “Focus on Sales: Using Individual Talents to Achieve Best Results” closes the conference. Takeaways from both of those intensives will ensure attendees can implement new ideas and make suggested improvements immediately upon returning to the office.

The most popular offering from past years, our Birds-of-a-Feather Roundtables, is moving inside the conference and expanding to accommodate more attendees. The roundtables cover 15 areas, such as adding private duty to an existing home health care agency, starting a private duty agency from scratch, the ethics of in-home care, using long-term care insurance as a payment option, using CRM as a marketing tool, and concrete ideas for grassroots legislative efforts, to name but a few. With a wide range of topics, the roundtables offer an outstanding value for those who attend.

For the first time at a PDHCA conference, the opening session includes a panel of actual referral sources who are willing to “tell all” regarding their criteria for making a referral to an agency. With private duty services poised to be the growth segment for the future of this industry, this conference is important to equip agencies to address the needs of older Americans.

The great gift of all the advances in medicine and technology we have accomplished is that, humans can now live longer than ever, but we have seen along with this a ballooning of chronic illness. “Ensuring the right to be cared for in our homes is America’s last great civil rights battle,” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. “The care of the disabled and elderly may well be the defining issue for America in the early years of this 21st century. Home care may well be the most non-partisan issue that will be faced in the coming years and one which will have the most immediate impact on the future of America.”

The annual meeting comes at a time when $12 billion in Medicare cuts to the industry are already planned over the next few years even though home care and hospice is more cost effective, saving billions in Medicare expenditures. In 2009, the average home care visit cost $135.00 per day versus the average hospital visit which cost $1500 a day.   Preventive home health care saves Medicare and Medicaid billions of dollars per year.


The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). It is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to providing an array of home care services, including non-medical and supportive services to the aged, infirm, or disabled client to help maintain safety and independence at home, wherever home is. PDHCA focuses on providing valuable information and education to its members as well as educating consumers as to the options to remain at home with home care. The focus of member services is in consumer education, industry advocacy and agency support. PDHCA is designed to answer all the questions that private duty home care providers may have regarding their businesses and practices.

About NAHC

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 to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit




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