Rick Griffin, JD
Rick Griffin, JD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of US CareNet. He is responsible for overall management for the organization including all its divisions, partnerships and joint ventures.
Rick became President and CEO of the company, then known as CareSouth Health System, Inc., in 2000. Under his leadership, the company grew to hold the position of 12th largest privately owned home health company in the country. It was also under Rick’s careful navigation that CareSouth’s traditional agency assets were divested in 2015 and US CareNet was formed to further its broader post acute care and chronic care management strategy.
He has been instrumental in leading the charge to diversify the company’s service lines to include robust chronic care management and transitional care management services, and adding care navigation as a critical component to all of its services.
In addition, Rick oversees growth and development of Health at Home, a joint venture with LCS in which US CareNet is the major partner.
Rick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia in 1977. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, with honors, in 1980. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the Vistage International CEO Organization.
Debbie Fisher, RN, MHA
Debbie Fisher, RN, MHA, , joined US CareNet as Chief Operating Officer for NavCare in November 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and more than 15 years serving in senior level management positions in home health and chronic care management roles.
Her experience includes management and oversight in home health and chronic care management, as well as in all aspects of home care and hospice including operational, financial, sales, and quality.
Prior to joining US CareNet, Debbie was the Director of Care Management for the Center for Primary Care in Augusta, GA. Previously, Debbie has served as the Vice President of Clinical Services for CareSouth and Vice President of Operations for a home health and hospice agency in Northern Virginia.
Ms. Fisher received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Health Planning/Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Jim Barlar is Vice President of Business Development for NavCare and is responsible for overall sales and development activity for the company. Jim’s extensive background in healthcare sales management, mergers and acquisitions began in the 1990s and included a term from 1998 to 2005 with CareSouth as Vice President of Sales. During that time, Jim grew the sales team from just a few reps to more than 50, acquired several large managed services agreements, and launched the company’s direct sales department. In late 2005, Jim started his own mergers and acquisitions company. He joined the NavCare team in 2017.
Jim has extensive experience working with hospital systems and physician practices as they prepare for value based care.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Middle Tennessee State University.