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.

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Avesis Subsidiary Supports Patient-Centered Health Care

Through the efforts of its chief executive officer, Alan S. Cohn, Avesis Incorporated provides individually adaptable vision, dental, and hearing plans. Additionally, Alan S. Cohn directs Avesis’s subsidiary, AbsoluteCARE Medical Center, which has innovated a philosophy of patient-centered care.

Patient-centered care represents a new approach in doctor-patient relationships. It prioritizes the patient’s own assessment of their care, rather than relying only on the doctors’ perceptions; research has shown that these two assessments often differ considerably. Unlike doctor-centered treatment, which relies on expert opinion, the patient-centered approach can greatly improve the quality of communication and enhance treatment outcomes in a number of ways.

One area of improvement is in patients’ peace of mind: with this new system, patients experience reduced concern, improved emotional well-being, and a decrease in the number of diagnostic tests. Patients using this system also reported greater satisfaction with the more regular and continuous relationship between themselves and their doctors; in fact, studies confirm that patients who see the same doctor over time have fewer trips to the hospital and more successful preventive care overall.