Leadership is an essential component of any healthcare organization to be able to strategize and improve quality, while also providing the type of safety that patients expect. It takes leaders who understand the level of precise detail that it takes in order to provide value-based systems, despite challenges within the industry.
InnovaCare Heath, Inc. leads North America in managed healthcare, as a provider of Medicare Advantage services for eligible beneficiaries. The company’s Chief Executive Officer and President is Dr. Rick Shinto. The Chief Operating Officer is Penelope Kokkinides. InnovaCare has a strong mission for redefining the complicated healthcare issues which the country faces at this time. The company continually strives to implement innovative changes to bring forward business models that result in quality-driven and affordable benefits for Medicare Advantage members.
The leadership by Dr. Shinto and Kokkinides has proven to be a strong alliance to effectively produce quantifiable results that will impact the healthcare industry for decades. Dr. Shinto and Kokkinides both have a combined 40 years of healthcare experience, which represents the 120 years of executive leadership within the company. Dr. Shinto completed a residency at the Pulmonary Internal Medicine in California as an internist. He quickly became Chief Operations Officer for Medical Pathways Management and was later appointed as Chief Medical Officer. Furthering his passion for healthcare and making healthcare a priority, Dr. Shinto later became the Chief Executive Officer at North American Medical Management (NAMM). Prior to joining InnovaCare Health, Inc., he was chosen as the Chief Medical Officer for Cal Optima Health Plan in California.
Prior to returning to InnovaCare Health, Inc. in 2016, Kokkinides served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer overseeing Medicare and Medicare government programs for Touchtone Health. Her career has a spanned over 20 years in government programs. She held an executive leadership position for the UnitedHealth Group affiliated company; AmeriChoice, as Corporate Vice President for the division of Care Management and Disease Management. In 2017, she was chosen by the Trump Administration as a panelist to consult with government agencies, namely Medicare and Medicaid, to overhaul the healthcare system and help to restructure those programs.
Healthcare leaders will continually face difficult decisions to implement new ideas and the timing of changes in order to impact beneficiaries in a positive way, while also lowering costs and maintaining high standards of care. However, the leadership of InnovaCare Health, Inc. has shown a willingness to take measured risks, resulting in increased quality and improved benefits for Medicare Advantage members.