Wyomissing, Pa., – As Constance Morrison takes on the new role of president of Home Health Care Management (HHCM) to forecast trends and manage high-level growth initiatives, Lynann DeCusatis was promoted to interim CEO to manage day-to-day operations and lead home health care quality for Berks Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown & Vicinity (Pottstown VNA), and Advantage Home Care.
Working in conjunction with Morrison, DeCusatis will primarily handle day-to-day operations, provide regulatory oversight, and increase operational efficiencies to proactively adapt to trends and counterbalance lower reimbursements from Medicare and Sequestration.
“In our 100+ years, we’ve lead many innovations in the home health care field – from being the very first visiting nurse association in 1909 to structuring our business to focus on high quality while being nimble to a dynamic healthcare landscape. Now with two strong leaders at the helm, we’re better positioning our organization to adopt the Home Health Group Model (HHGM) in anticipation of Medicare’s regulation changes in 2019. We’re very proud of our ability to be responsive to trends and proactive to lead change,” said Morrison.
“I’m honored to help lead this wonderful team—and continue our positive community role of providing superior home care to more than 7,000 patients in the area,” said DeCusatis. “Connie has served as the catalyst for massive change over the last couple years, and together we will keep that momentum going well into the future. Now, we have twice the power to achieve our objectives and set an example for home care organizations across Pennsylvania.”
Due in part to DeCusatis’ leadership and successful quality improvement initiatives, Highmark has ranked HHCM in the top 5% of providers in the state for service quality. She was also instrumental in all three of HHCM’s non-profit organizations earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards.
Prior to being named interim CEO of HHCM, DeCusatis served as the director of quality improvement for HHCM and provided regulatory oversight of Berks VNA, Pottstown VNA, and Advantage Home Care. Her responsibilities included ensuring HHCM and its family of non-profit companies met state and federal requirements for care as well as best practices provided by The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
DeCusatis joined HHCM in 2000 as a speech therapist and was quickly promoted to therapy team manager and medical records manager—which she served simultaneously for 10 years. As the therapy program expanded, she advanced to the role of clinical manager of therapy for Berks VNA and Pottstown VNA.
“Lynann is a natural choice for interim CEO given her experience as an advocate of service quality for our organization and others. Together, Lynann and I will ensure patients in our community experience service as usual, while our staff gets the benefit of two experienced leaders in clinical care,” said Morrison.