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Serving the Chronically Ill to Achieve Healthcare’s Triple Aim Theme

 

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A strategic partner at Avesis Managed Health Care, Alan S. Cohn offers flexible health care programs to meet America’s needs. Since 1999, Alan S. Cohn has served as the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, a patient-centered ambulatory ICU that caters exclusively to the 3-5 percent of the US population that consumes 30-40 percent of health care dollars.

Healthcare has its own 5 percent. According to a 2009 study by the Department of Health and Human Services, in both 2008 and 2009, 5 percent of Americans accounted for almost 50 percent of all health care spending. The top 1 percent of patients were responsible for 21.8 percent of the $1.26 trillion spent on healthcare annually. Seniors aged over 65 made up 42 percent of the top 5 percent, followed by middle-aged Americans at 40 percent.

Looking at it from a per capita perspective, each of the top 5 percent spent about $35,829 on medical bills, while the bottom 50 percent spent only $232. For the top 5 percent, a third of those costs were spent in the last month of life. By catering exclusively to this high acuity, chronically ill segment, AbsoluteCARE provides quality care at low costs while achieving superior health outcomes – healthcare’s triple aim.

National Association of Vision Care Plans

An Arizona health care executive, Alan S. Cohn leads Avesis Incorporated, a dental and vision benefits carrier. In order to stay up to date on the rapidly changing insurance field, Alan S. Cohn maintains membership with the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP).

Midway through 2015, the NAVCP released a statement regarding its efforts to restructure the vision provider credentialing process. The organization established a committee to create a universal method that makes it possible for physicians to obtain a single credential for all vision care plans in which they participate. The overall goal was to reduce administrative work so vision professionals can dedicate more time to patient care.

By the end of 2015, the association launched its streamlined process. With the assistance of Aperture Credentialing LLC, an independent organization tasked with managing the program, the organization has garnered support from 10 managed vision care plans that have agreed to utilize the program. The NAVCP continues to invite other plans and organizations requiring credentialing to partake in the new approach.

To learn more about the organization and its program, visit www.navcp.org.

Avesis Managed Health Care

Alan S. Cohn has more than 30 years of experience in the vision care industry. Currently, Alan S. Cohn serves as CEO of Avesis, a company that provides vision, dental, and hearing benefits.

Founded in 1978, Avesis is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and has additional offices in Maryland. Avesis serves nearly 9 million members throughout the United States and administers vision care plans to more than 2,000 client groups, including private companies and governments. Avesis works with a wide network of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and retailers to provide its users with varied options for eye care providers.

Avesis has basic insurance options as well as more comprehensive plans. Routine eye exams, prescriptions for eye glasses or contact lenses, and laser vision correction surgery are some of the benefits that comprehensive Avesis insurance plans cover. The most basic Avesis plan covers general eye exams, while the comprehensive plans cover different percentages of general eye care needs and specialized procedures.

University of Baltimore School of Law – Center for Medicine and Law

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Prior to becoming the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE in Singer Island, Florida, Alan S. Cohn attended George Washington University in Washington, DC where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in public affairs. Alan S. Cohn also attended the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned his law degree.

Founded in 1925, the University of Baltimore School of Law is designed to teach law students the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for careers in the legal profession. The school of law includes student organization memberships along with the ability to participate in focus centers and groups regarding global as well as national and local issues, such as the UB Center for Medicine and Law.

The Center for Medicine and Law provides a place for lawyers and doctors to connect in a non-adversarial environment to help shift discussions away from the courtroom and into a classroom environment that helps both professions learn how to work collaboratively in health-related policies and procedures.

Vision Screening for Babies

 

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Vision Screening
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A graduate of the George Washington University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Alan S. Cohn serves as the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE. Previously, Alan S. Cohn served as the CEO of Avesis, a managed health care firm that specialized in administering and insuring vision health care plans. Vision benefits make vision care more accessible for children as they grow. With a vision plan, parents can better ensure that their child reaches important developmental milestones and help them succeed in educational settings if correction is needed. Parents can begin observing and monitoring their child’s vision from an early age.

As an infant grows, healthy vision is extremely important for their development. It is important for parents of babies to watch for signs of vision problems, seek professional eye care, and engage in age appropriate activities to help their baby’s vision develop properly. If vision problems are found and treated early by eye specialists, significant developmental delays can be avoided.

In addition to regular well-child visits to a qualified pediatrician, parents should watch for the following signs of problems with their baby’s vision:

-Excessive tearing
-Red or encrusted eye lids
-Constant eye turning
-Extreme sensitivity to light
-The appearance of a white pupil

At a baby’s well-child visit, the pediatrician will also check for these and other conditions. If necessary, he or she may recommend additional screening or treatment by an eye specialist or ophthalmologist.

Patient-Centered Health Care

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AbsoluteCARE
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Alan S. Cohn holds a degree in public affairs from George Washington University, and a juris doctor from the University of Baltimore. Alan S. Cohn draws on his education and corporate experience to meet his responsibilities as CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE, a patient-centered ambulatory ICU medical facility.

Patient-centered care is a health care approach that’s both responsive and respectful to the preferences, beliefs, and needs of the patient, ensuring that all treatment decisions consider patient values. Reactive care is where treatment happens only after a patient becomes ill–as opposed to preventing the illness. There are several key issues that need to be considered in order to successfully move away from reactive care, including improving patients’ access to health care, coordination of care among providers, and improving patients’ level of comfort using technology.

Improving the doctor-patient relationship, while reducing the amount of testing, hospitalizations, and prescriptions (all aspects of patient-centered care), has been shown to improve a patient’s clinical outcomes and satisfaction rates. Patient-centered care is effective for all disease types and can be adopted by providers in any medical specialty.