Between September and October 2017, one of the worst natural disasters to hit Puerto Rico occurred. While the storm killed about 64 people, about 400 others later lost their lives due to circumstances that were inadvertently caused by the storm. As the citizens of Puerto Rico struggle to regain their previous lives, InnovaCare, through its President Mr. Richard Shinto and its Chief Administrative Officer Penelope Kokkinides, is providing a helping hand.
InnovaCare is an innovative healthcare company that offers healthcare plans in the US. Their headquarters are based in New Jersey. InnovaCare works for the citizens of Puerto Rico under the names PMC Medicare Choice and MMM Healthcare. They have partnered with the Puerto Rico government to provide health care programs: Medicaid and Medicare Advantage. Through these programs, InnovaCare serves about 200,000 members through more than 7,500 providers. The company acquired Medicare and Medicaid most significant healthcare rating for a provider. Moreover, they received NCQA accreditation from the Puerto Rico government.
About Penelope Kokkinides
Penelope Kokkinides has been the Chief Administrative Officer of InnovaCare since 2016. She is a biological sciences graduate from Binghamton University and graduated from New York University with a master in social work. Furthermore, Penelope has a master from Columbia University in Public health. Miss Kokkinides had also previously served at InnovaCare as Chief Operating Officer. Between 2006 and 2012, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Aveta. She also worked as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Centerlight HealthCare. Kokkinides’ reputation grew while she was the Corporate Vice President of AmeriChoice when she contributed to both the development and the implementation of the healthcare model in their Care Management and Disease Management.
Penelope Kokkinides was invited to take part in a roundtable discussion with US President Donald Trump. She was among the eight women, who are leaders in the caregiver industry, chosen to seat with the President and administrator Seema Verma. Kokkinides utilized the opportunity to emphasize on the need for more Medicare financing in Puerto Rico. In one year, Medicare had witnessed their funding drop by over $1 billion.
About Richard Shinto
Richard Shinto M.D is both the President and Chief Executive Officer of InnovaCare Health Solutions. Between 2008 and 2012, he held these positions at Aveta of North American Medical Management Illinois. Dr. Shinto has been in the clinical and operational healthcare industry for more than two decades.
What were some of the first thought that you had about the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? For many, they were relatively unfamiliar with her work or who she was. She had done a lot of work in her home state of Michigan, but she failed to make a large national impression. The national impression that she did have was that of a kook dedicated to the school choice movement. Now, in later years the concept of school choice has taken a stronger role in the community. People are understanding the value and individuals like Betsy DeVos to had received negative feedback on their opinions before are being hailed as early heroes for the movement. Betsy DeVos interviewed with Philanthropy Roundtable to discuss some of the growth options that are continuing to expand in the United States and where it might go in the future.
Philanthropy Roundtable wanted to know how she felt about the movement at this time. Betsy DeVos states that she is very encouraged about the trajectory of the movement and where parents are today, compared to how they were a few years ago. In fact, she excitedly claims that the growth of students entering new school choice programs has increased by 40,000 within just the past year. This is an encouraging number and shows just how many parents are interested in enrolling their children in alternative education options. These programs exist all over the nation and seem to be growing in popularity. There are already 33 different programs in multiple states that are benefiting from the public funding initiatives that have sprung up in an effort to support the growth of these programs. Because they are benefiting from some type of public funding there able to accept more students into their programs and therefore continue helping the local community.
Betsy DeVos is not coming out and saying that she openly wishes to destroy the public-school system, she simply believes that in order for there to be any type of lasting change the system needs to be pushed or challenged. These new types of education will allow administrators to see alternative ways of doing the education process. In fact, the act of competition often inspires individuals to do more research and learn new methods to help her affect the process. It appears as though the education system itself has stagnated significantly in recent years with no new developments. There is even a running joke that many of the books that are present in the public-school system are not even up to date and children are only learning parts of history that are pertinent to those times or taught the updated history on the fly. Students should not be subjected to this type of environment, nor should teachers feel as though they are being forced to give students a very low degree of education. The learning environment should be one that is a rich tapestry of diversity, education materials, different types of modes of education, and supportive staff. Betsy DeVos supports this type of future.
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