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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

NAHC Supported Ventures

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice routinely partners with vendors, private companies or corporations in an effort to create and share in research, data gathering or information outreach. These initiatives are valuable for the provider and patient communities we serve to further the quality of home and hospice care.

Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation is a non-profit, national consortium of home health care providers and organizations. The Alliance invests in research and education about home health care and its ability to deliver quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care across the care continuum. The mission is to support research and education on the value home health care can offer to patients and the health care system. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is an active member of the Alliance, participating in a variety of workgroup activities. www.ahhqi.org

CHAMP

CHAMP (Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice) is an evidenced-based best practices program specifically designed to help home care clinicians provide effective care to older home care patients – from the convenience of any computer. Visit CHAMP at www.champ-program.org

Decision Health

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and DecisionHealth joined together in an alliance that covers a broad range of efforts to benefit homecare agencies and hospices, including jointly-produced live events, collaboration on ICD-10 training and education, and preferred discounts for NAHC members on DecisionHealth coding and compliance tools and guidance. The two organizations will also collaborate on offering certification and other professional development programs. www.decisionhealth.com

Fazzi Associates

Fazzi Associates is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected organizations of its kind dedicated to home care and hospice. Founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Fazzi, the organization focuses on helping home health and hospice agencies solve their core industry challenges through our coding services, consulting, benchmarking, training, and national research projects. Fazzi Associates and NAHC partner together on a number of projects in the home care and hospice communities. www.fazzi.com/about_fazzi.html

Friday Morning Collaborative

With support from The SCAN Foundation, NCOA leads a coalition of national aging and disability organizations working to advance long-term services and supports for older adults and individuals with disabilities. www.ncoa.org/public-policy-action/long-term-services--supports/friday-morning-collaborative.html

Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign

Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign is a CMS funded initiative dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to home health patients. The Campaign offers evidence based tools, data reports and ongoing educational opportunities to home health agencies and their caregivers free of charge. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is an HHQI partner, serving on the Stakeholder Work Committee to provide input on HHQI Campaign strategies and educational materials, identify sharing opportunities and assist in participant recruitment efforts. www.homehealthquality.org

Joint Commission: Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States.  The National Association for Home Care & Hospice serves on the Joint Commission’s PTAC, representing home health and hospice providers by offering recommendations on standards, and advice and information on developments in home care. www.jointcommission.org

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)

The LCOA is a large coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations serving older Americans. Our 68 member association is diverse and dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population. We provide a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing national debate on aging policy. www.lcao.org

National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC)

The NUBC is an organization under the auspices of the American Hospital Association (AHA) whose responsibility is to develop, promote, and maintain a uniform standard data set and format(s) which can be used by the institutional health care community (which includes home health and hospice) to transmit related charge and claim information to all third-party payers. Representation is from national provider and payer organizations, standard setting organizations, state associations, and research and public health agencies. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) holds a seat on the NUBC, representing home care and hospice organizations. www.nubc.org

 











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