AbsoluteCARE’s PrEP Program for HIV Prevention

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Healthcare professional Alan S. Cohn is a strategic partnership consultant for Avesis Managed Healthcare. Providing care to communities throughout the US. Alan S. Cohn is the CEO of AbsoluteCARE.

AbsoluteCARE is an Ambulatory ICU Medical Center which provide intensive care to the “sickest of the sick” as well as members with HIV/AIDS.

PrEP is medication prescribed in the form of a pill. It is specifically formulated to reduce a person’s risk of contracting HIV after exposure. It is prescribed for men and women who have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, are in open relationships, are in relationships with partners who are HIV positive, or participate in sex work.

The pill, Truvada, is taken daily for maximum protection. It should be taken for at least seven days straight to achieve optimum protection levels in men. For women, it may take up to three weeks to reach full protection levels. Taken continually, the medication reduces the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent.


The Ambulatory ICU and Its Benefits


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Since 1999, Alan S. Cohn has served as the president and CEO of AbsoluteCARE, an ambulatory intensive care unit. Under Alan S. Cohn’s experienced leadership, AbsoluteCARE has flourished as a provider of holistic care for the sickest of patients with complex chronic illnesses.

For these patients, the ambulatory intensive care unit (A-ICU) plays a key role in reducing the number of emergency or inpatient hospital visits. Basically, the A-ICU delivers customized care in a Medical Center and the patient’s home, both to manage ongoing medical, behavioral and social conditions and to seek out potential health risks in the patient’s home and everyday life. For instance, if the A-ICU team notes that a patient has made numerous emergency room visits because he hasn’t taken his medications as prescribed, the team will add a medication management plan to the patient’s overall plan of care.

The A-ICU system depends on specially trained Providers including Doctors, trained Nurses, LCSWs, PhD Psychologists, PharmDs, Case Managers, Nutritionists, Community Health Workers and other health professionals, who collaborate to provide the patient with daily support. When properly implemented, the work of this team can reduce the need for escalated and more costly care. Studies have shown that this model not only improves outcomes for chronically ill populations, but generally reduces average per-capita health spending by focusing resources on those most in need.

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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.

Vision Screening for Babies


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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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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.

NADP’s CONVERGE Heads to San Antonio in 2016


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Chief executive officer of Avesis Incorporated, Alan S. Cohn has provided vision and dental care plans to millions of members since joining the organization in 1992. To ensure he integrates the best practices of his field into Avesis, Alan S. Cohn holds membership with the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).

On September 12, 2016, the NADP will kick off CONVERGE. Its annual conference, CONVERGE takes place at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. For four days, attendees will network with peers and participate in interactive educational sessions addressing government relations and business development. The event also serves as a platform to honor influential members with the Don Mayes Leadership and Star awards. Further, an exhibitor’s hall and social activities, including a golf tournament, are planned.

Registration is open to all interested parties. NADP members receive a special rate as well as a complimentary dental benefits fact sheet. The latter is available to nonmembers for a fee of $1,495.