Ellen C. Skinner is an experienced, innovative health care executive and consultant providing strategic, business development and operational effectiveness services to health companies and a proven record of developing and managing collaborative projects across the sector in a time of revolutionary change in healthcare.
Her practical experience and qualitative and quantitative skills are particularly valuable as healthcare moves more rapidly to fee for value from fee for service, and as the regulatory climate at the federal and state levels seem to change daily. She is intimately familiar with private- and public-sector healthcare organizations, and the inter-actions between those sectors, especially regarding the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Exchanges, insurance and provider matters.
Ms. Skinner is currently principal consultant for Connected Health Strategies, which provides planning and business-development services to healthcare organizations to help solve quality, access and cost problems. In addition, she sits on multiple boards.
She previously served as executive director of the nationally recognized program “MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare,’’ at the Yale University School of Management, where she also lectured on the economics of healthcare and on creating value in healthcare delivery, and advised students.
Ms. Skinner has also led development and oversight of Health Net of the Northeast’s strategy and business plan and directed a portfolio for commercial and government initiatives.
She has served as assistant vice president for national contracting and provider networks at CIGNA HealthCare, where her work included improving provider satisfaction through increased communications and implementing process upgrades to increase claim accuracy and otherwise improve service.
As an executive at the Yale Medical School, she led the development of a physician-governed organization of more than 500 doctors to facilitate contracting and standards of care and helped develop and implement a start-up provider-sponsored Medicaid managed-care organization.
Ellen Skinner has a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale University School of Management and a bachelor of arts degree, with a major in sociology, from Southern Connecticut State University. She resides in North Haven with her husband and enjoys kayaking, bicycling, hiking and gardening.