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LHHC named as a Top Agency in the 2018 ABILITY HomeCare Elite


Frank Raccio

Lighthouse Home Health Care LLC



Lighthouse Home Health Care LLC has been named as a Top Agency in the 2018 ABILITY HomeCare Elite

Old Saybrook, CT, 10/15/2018 — Lighthouse Home Health Care today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2018 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 13 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.


The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.


“I would like to congratulate the team at Lighthouse Home Health Care and thank them for their commitment to providing consistently high-quality care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “During a time of increasing demands on home health professionals’ time and attention, these caregivers and leaders have demonstrated that they have prioritized their patients and created a solid foundation for serving their communities and partnering with other healthcare providers.”


Frank Raccio, Executive Director of Lighthouse Home Health Care, credits the clinical and administrative staff with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “I am very proud of the team we have. Every clinician is so compassionate and caring to the patients they work with and the administrative staff is dedicated and supportive,” said Mr. Raccio


“Congratulations to Lighthouse Home Health Care from all of the staff at DecisionHealth,” said Marci Geipe, product manager for Decision Health. “Your leadership and staff have placed a premium on the patient care your agency provides as showcased by your quality outcome scores. The entire community benefits from the compassion that your staff shows toward your patients, leading to cost savings for the entire healthcare system.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 8,898 agencies considered, 2,223 are recognized on the 2018 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.


The entire list of 2018 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at


About Lighthouse Home Health Care


About ABILITY Network

ABILITY Network, an Inovalon Company (NASDAQ:INOV), is a leading cloud-based, SaaS information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. The combination of myABILITY and the Inovalon ONE™ Platform creates a vertically integrated cloud-based platform empowering the achievement of real-time value-based care from payers, manufacturers and diagnostics, all the way to the patient’s point of care. For more information, visit or write to For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to or visit

About H3.Group

In March 2017, Simplify Compliance LLC announced the merger of DecisionHealth, LLC with existing brands HCPro and HealthLeaders Media, to form the H3.Group! H3.Group, with its three pillars of thought leadership, expertise, and application, provides critical insight, analysis, tools and training to healthcare organizations nationwide empowering today’s healthcare professionals with solution-focused information and intelligence to guide their organizations’ efforts in achieving compliance, financial performance, leadership, and organizational excellence. The creation of the H3.Group comes as healthcare faces an unprecedented period of transition that brings uncertainty and opportunity. As policies and regulations are revisited and payment models changed, the need for clarity, actionable guidance and expert training for all provider settings and functional areas will increase dramatically.

About DecisionHealth

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth, an H3.Group brand, has served as the industry’s leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with brand names such as Home Health Line and Part B News. Our unique blend of award-winning on-staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers and their administrative staffs results in business management advice and operationally focused editorial that has captured the attention of nearly 100,000 home health care professionals and specialty physician practices.

Lighthouse Home Healthcare Receives 2018 HHCAHPS Honors

Greetings everyone!

Lighthouse Home Healthcare is so happy to announce that we are to be named a 2018 HHCAHPS Honors recipient.

“HHCAHPS Honors is a landmark compilation of home health agencies providing the best patient experience. Established by HEALTHCAREfirst, this prestigious annual review recognizes agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view.”

LHHC accomplished this by scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Average between April 2017 and March 2018. Look forward to learning more about this award following the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Conference on October 7th.

Veronica Filardi, Lighthouse Administrator

We are pleased to announce that Veronica Filardi, BSN, has been appointed as the new Lighthouse Home Health Care Administrator, effective January 29, 2018. Mrs. Filardi received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fairfield University. She has experience in critical care, cardiology, hospice care, medical/surgery, telemetry, and over 20 years’ experience in home health care. She has demonstrated her leadership with providing clinical supervision of nurses, nurses’ aides, therapists and social workers.

Mrs. Filardi has coordinated home care services with discharge planners, physician offices, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and has been responsible for the growth of past agencies while improving their Medicare 5 Star Rating. She has experience in maintaining a quality improvement program to comply with state and federal laws with over 90% compliance. Mrs. Filardi has extensive experience with OASIS review and coding, as well as chart review and auditing for positive outcomes and to prevent rehospitalizations.

Mary Koziel, Clinical Manager

We are pleased to announce that Mary Koziel, BSN, has been appointed Clinical Manager at Lighthouse Home Health Care (Stratford) effective January 22, 2018. Mrs. Koziel has over 35 years as a Registered Nurse, 25 years of which she served as a Supervisor.

Mrs. Koziel has various experiences in the healthcare field including hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. She has experience in OASIS review, insurance verification, staff education, Infection Control, and Quality Assurance. She also has experience in managing a large staff with a high-volume census.

LHHC Receives 4.5 Star Rating In December

The Quality of Patient Care Star Rating is based on OASIS assessments and Medicare claims data. These ratings were first published on HHC in July, 2015. Patient Survey Star Ratings are based on the patient experience of care measures.
Lighthouse Home Care is proud to announce that we have maintained our 4.5 star rating! Our staff is committed to the delivery of high quality care for our clients. Lighthouse Home care will continue to pursue innovative solutions to improve care delivery for the communities we serve as we strive for excellence. See how Lighthouse Home Health Care measures up.

Star Home Health Rating Dec 2017