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.

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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.

NADP’s CONVERGE Heads to San Antonio in 2016

 

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National Association of Dental Plans
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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.

Defining Hospice Care

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Avesis Incorporated
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Alan S. Cohn serves as the chief executive officer of Avesis Incorporated, a provider of convenient eye care plans that meet Medicaid/Medicare standards. Outside of work, Alan S. Cohn has volunteered at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, which offers hospice care to patients.

Hospice care is centered on providing compassionate care to patients in their final days of life so that they may pass peacefully and comfortably. Caregivers recommend hospice care when the patient no longer responds to drugs and has less than six months to live.

Hospice care can be given at home, in a hospital, at a nursing home, or in a freestanding hospice care facility. Using a team-oriented approach, hospice care combines the efforts of personal physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, and home health aides to offer pain management and physical, emotional, and spiritual support.

Hospice care professionals also provide the patient’s family members with support and counseling throughout the duration of the patient’s care and after the patient’s passing.