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Bernard James DiCasimirro, D.O.

Bernard James DiCasimirro, M.D.

Bernard James DiCasimirro, M.D.
Medical Director, PerformCare Pennsylvania

Dr. Bernard James DiCasimirro is the Medical Director for PerformCare's operations in Pennsylvania. In this role, he provides clinical leadership to the psychologists, physician advisors and care managers, and plays key roles in quality improvement, credentialing and utilization review. Dr. DiCasimirro, who earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University, joined PerformCare in September 2015. He looks forward to partnering with the other members of the executive management team as they continue to develop creative behavioral health solutions for medical assistance recipients in the commonwealth.

Dr. DiCasimirro's medical career began in 1989 with a 12-month rotating internship at the Metropolitan Medical Centers in St. Louis, Missouri. He then completed a four-year residency in general psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP) in Philadelphia, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. Immediately following his residency, Dr. DiCasimirro served as the Medical Director for psychiatric emergency services at MCP.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. DiCasimirro has garnered a wealth of both clinical and leadership experience, having worked in virtually all levels of care across the continuum of psychiatric treatment from outpatient to acute inpatient. He possesses a strong background in addiction psychiatry, having served as Medical Director for two different dual-diagnosis programs for both adults and adolescents in Chester, Pennsylvania, and Riverside, New Jersey. He also brings a solid knowledge of managed health care through his nearly five-year tenure as Associate Medical Director in the Philadelphia office of United Healthcare.

Dr. DiCasimirro was Chief Psychiatric Consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' Bureau of Program Integrity from 2003 – 2009. He was responsible for supervising nurse reviewers and conducting medical record and site audits to ensure quality of care and medical necessity of treatment plans. He had significant success in the area of provider relations, having built solid partnerships with the leaders at many of the state's best residential treatment programs.

Prior to joining PerformCare, Dr. DiCasimirro was contracted by MHM Services to be the statewide Psychiatric Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). The DOC provides psychiatric care to more than 50,000 men and women in the Pennsylvania prison system. Dr. DiCasimirro's responsibilities included clinical and administrative supervision for more than 40 psychiatrists and certified registered nurse practitioners, and serving as primary liaison to the DOC administration. He takes pride in having helped reduce the frequency of restraint use in that system, as well as improving the consistency and clarity of psychiatric documentation.

PerformCare is a national, full-service behavioral health managed care company, currently ensuring access to treatment and achieving clinical outcomes through service excellence for more than 1 million individuals. It operates Medicaid behavioral health managed care programs in five states.

PerformCare is part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. AmeriHealth Caritas is among the largest organizations of Medicaid managed care plans and related businesses in the United States, touching the lives of more than 6.9 million individuals covered by Medicaid, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other insurance.