Penelope Kokkinides, the current Chief Administrative Officer over at InnovaCare Health, is a graduate of Birmingham University with a degree in biological sciences and classical languages.
She is also a graduate of the esteemed University of New York with a master’s degree in social work. Furthermore, she holds a master’s degree in public health and a postmaster’s program of an advanced degree in alcohol and substance abuse from the School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Before her current post at InnovaCare Health, she has had stints in many institutions. She previously served as the COO of the firm and the VP of Clinical Operations. Before her getting on board with InnovaCare Health, Penelope Kokkinides served as the COO and Executive VP at Centerlight HealthCare.
There, her work mainly entailed managing the strategic direction of their managed care division in addition to general management responsibilities. She has also served as the COO of Touchstone Health.
Additionally, she has served as the Corporate VP for Care Management and Disease Management over at AmeriChoice where she orchestrated the development and implementation of the firm’s health model.
Her illustrious career has mainly been on specialization in government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Her extensive career has generally made her an expert in managing and developing health care programs and processes while making them efficient.
Penelope Kokkinides together with Rick Shinto the CEO and president of InnovaCare Health have worked for hand in hand in providing managed health care plans. Rick is the CEO of the firm’s Health plans in Puerto Rico.
As a top official in one of the top regarded Medicare Advantage plan providers, Penelope Kokkinides has had a firsthand interaction with the repercussions of the health care crisis in Puerto Rico.
This has driven her to try and find solutions for the crisis. In her quest, she recently earned an invitation to meet Donald Trump as a part of the Women in Health Care delegation.
The subject of the meet was the federal health care legislation, and organizers held a firm conviction that Penelope’s experience in the industry and her skills would be essential.
Besides the delegation, in attendance were none other than the President himself and the CMS administrator, Seema Verma. Penelope Kokkinides was primarily invited to the forum to speak about Puerto Rico’s health care crisis.
She didn’t disappoint as she had crucial insights on the crisis and possible remedies. In her view, the crisis was a ripple effect of the reduction in federal funding to the sector.
As the funding was continuously cut as the years went by, the crisis continued to worsen. The deficit of about $1 billion only made the crisis worse according to her. However, she gave valuable suggestions on possible remedies to the crisis.
She held the conviction that if the President were to increase the federal funding to the health care for the region, then the problem would be significantly reduced. She noted the increased funding would come as a reprieve for the about 560,000 beneficiaries of Medicare plan in Puerto Rico who were struggling to access the services.