Hurricane Maria made landfall on the shores of Puerto Rico on September 16, 2017, with sustained winds of 155 mph. The category 5 hurricane considered the worst natural disaster to hit the island nation.
Homes and businesses still have no electricity or running water. Medical care is rotting away.
Penelope Kokkinides, Chief Administrator Officer for InnovaCare Inc. has taken up the banner for this ravaged country. Kokkinides holds a unique position to alter the outcome of healthcare for the Puerto Rican people.
Kokkinides has extensive experience developing healthcare processes and operations. Her focus on optimizing organizational structures and inefficiencies makes her ideally suited to tackle this monumental effort. Dual Masters Degrees in Social Work from N.Y. University and Public Health from Columbia, Kokkinides has dedicated herself to improving the healthcare business model. Two decades of experience specializing in Medicare and Medicaid systems, she brings enormous benefits to her position.
InnovaCare counts nearly 560,000 beneficiaries in Puerto Rico. Governmental health programs decimated since 2011. Nearly 1 billion in funding cut from Medicare Advantage.
Penelope Kokkinides and her contemporaries, including CMS Administrator Seema Verma met with President Trump in March. The roundtable discussion concentrated on healthcare legislation. The administration is considering changes to the current Medicare payment system for the Puerto Rican people. The executive women attending the White House meeting, acknowledge this policy shift a positive first step. Kokkinides believes fixing these cuts, is not only the fiscally responsible thing to do but also the right thing to do.
Penelope Kokkinides has a targeted focus to dig Puerto Rico out of the huge hole it finds itself. She believes, inhabitants will be forced to leave, if the Medicaid system crumbles. Healthcare costs will double or triple for Puerto Rican people, forced to settle on the mainland.
The leader of InnovaCare, Kokkinides aims to provide a cost-effective, sustainable answer to seemingly overwhelming problems. In conjunction with Administrator Verma of the CMS, reforms have begun to bring relief to Puerto Rico.
- Waivers for Hospitals and healthcare facilities
- CMS enrollment opportunities for hurricane victims
- Provider hotlines and other, on the ground enhancements
Penelope Kokkinides has demonstrated extraordinary compassion for the people of Puerto Rico. Proving anything is within reach if your life is dedicated to a goal.