Ellen McCahon

Ellen McCahonEllen McCahon has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  A Principal at Helms & Company, Inc., she delivers consulting services to providers who are focused on improving / transforming their practices to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving healthcare delivery system.  Her proven management and leadership skills have led to demonstrated successes in start-up implementations, business unit performance turnarounds, practice model transformation, administrative cost reductions and building team-based cultures that maximize individuals’ potential.

Focus areas for Ellen include provider negotiations; business development; association management; workgroup facilitation; quality improvement project facilitation; operations optimization; organizational development; strategic planning and financial analytics.

Prior to joining Helms & Company, Ellen had health plan executive roles with a focus on health management, operations and operations support functions.  Most recently, she worked as COO for a Centene, Exchange-based/Medicaid health plan where she had responsibilities for starting up and overseeing the operations of the health plan as well as driving its growth through the procurement of multiple Medicaid-based state contracts.

Ellen’s extended tenure with Anthem, Inc. saw her progress from running local operations in NH, to managing a tri-state regional operations and operations’ support unit.  She transferred to the health management area of the business where she progressed from a local network development and management role to overseeing the day-to-day operations for the Northeast Healthcare Management division.

Ellen is most proud of raising her children and building a post and beam passive solar house.

BA – English – Bucknell University
MBA – UNH Whittemore School of Management

Outside Interests:
Spending time with family and friends
Time outdoors: hiking, cycling, sculling

Last Book Read:
“Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance