Alan S Cohn
CEO at Avesis
About Alan S Cohn
Alan S. Cohn is the current CEO of managed vision, dental and hearing programs administrator Avesis Incorporated. The company, which he joined in 1992, covers over 6 million people across the United States and insures and administers plans on behalf of more than 2,000 organizations. Under Alan S. Cohn’s leadership, Avesis has seen its revenues increase extensively.
In addition to working for Avesis, Mr. Cohn serves as Managing Partner at KAB Associates, a provider of business incubation and turnaround management services. His experience with the firm has provided him with exposure to a variety of industries, including pharmacy solutions, dental care plans, auto rental franchising, and print and direct mail.
Before entering the health care industry, Alan S. Cohn pursued an education in law. He graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and then enrolled at the University of Baltimore School of Law, from which he earned a Juris Doctor. Mr. Cohn also passed Maryland’s bar exam prior to beginning his career.
The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups
Healthcare industry executives such as Alan S. Cohn strive to improve access to dental care by offering dental health plans to individuals and employers, along with supplemental coverage for Medicare and Medicaid. Alan S. Cohn also holds affiliation with the National Association of Dental Plans, an organization that promotes access to oral health services through managed care.
Visiting a dentist every six months is important for maintaining good oral health and general wellbeing. During routine checkups, a dentist will look for abnormalities in the entire oral cavity and craniofacial region such as bone atrophy, oral cancer, and common dental conditions such as cavities and gum disease. In conjunction with regular examinations, patients receive professional cleanings that thoroughly clean teeth and remove tartar deposits, which cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Preventive in nature, checkups and cleanings can reveal oral health conditions in their earliest stages so that treatment is less invasive and costly when compared to conditions that have gone undiagnosed and untreated.
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital Offers Quality Care
Alan S. Cohn serves as the chief executive officer of Avesis Incorporated, a leading insurer that provides vision plans to more than 7,000 companies. Avesis’s revenues have grown thirty-fold since his arrival in 1992. Alan S. Cohn has volunteered for Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.
Levindale has taken innovative steps in elder care, such as the Eden Alternative, which seeks to create a warm, relaxing place for its residents. Built on a principle of empowerment, the Eden Alternative aims to replace loneliness with friendship, and tedium with spontaneity. To accomplish these goals, Eden creates “kibbutzim," or small groups through which residents support each other. It also partners with local schools, enabling residents to interact with children in the on-premises playground. The center also allows residents to keep pets and plant vegetables in the local garden, and its onsite dining facility features a restaurant-quality menu.
In 2012, the facility underwent an expansion, adding more lifestyle options such as a country-style kitchen, private bathrooms, a den, and a hearth.
Health Benefits of Volunteering
A graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, Alan S. Cohn serves as the CEO of Avesis, a managed healthcare firm that provides vision, dental, and hearing plans to companies nationwide. Outside of his work with Avesis, Alan S. Cohn enjoys giving back to his community through his work as a nursing home volunteer. Along with the ability to make a difference in another person’s life, the act of volunteering can provide those who engage in it with certain health benefits.
Recent studies show that volunteering can positively affect people mentally, physically, and emotionally. Because volunteering commonly requires participants to be moving around outside of their homes, it can encourage physical activity in those who otherwise wouldn’t engage in it. Additionally, contributing to the well-being of others has shown to be effective in stress reduction. Chronic stress can take a toll on the body in the form of high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and heart problems.
From a mental and emotional standpoint, time spent volunteering can stifle the development of mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression. In a study conducted by United Health Group, a majority of respondents also reported feeling more social and connected to other people and their communities as a result of time spent volunteering.
National Association of Vision Care Plans Unveils New Credentialing
Since 1992, Alan S. Cohn has worked as chief executive officer of managed health-care provider Avesis, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Alan S. Cohn maintains membership with several industry organizations, one of which includes the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP).
Incorporated in 2002, NAVCP began when representatives of five vision companies agreed that a trade association was needed to represent them. The five founding companies consist of EyeMed Vision Care, Davis Vision, Cole Managed Vision, Spectera, and Superior Vision Services. The trade association strives to provide members with a place to share information, advocate for its members in front of government officials, and work together to improve vision quality.
In December 2015, the NAVCP announced a simplified credentialing process for eye care professionals. NAVCP partnered with Aperture Credentialing, LLC, which is an independent credentials verification organization, to ensure that the entire process runs smoothly. The process seeks to reduce the cost and time it takes for eye care professionals to obtain credentials. As a result, eye care professionals only need to provide credentials from one vision care plan, with the streamlined approach offering verification among the other 10 plans.
National Association of Dental Plans Hosts Leadership Conference
As chief executive officer of Avesis, based in Phoenix, Arizona, Alan S. Cohn has increased the company’s revenue by 30 percent since he took over in 1992. To help him stay current with industry developments, Alan S. Cohn belongs to several professional organizations, including the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP).
The NADP is the largest nonprofit trade association dedicated to the entire dental benefits industry. Its goal is to promote benefits and improve customer access to cost-effective and high-quality care.
Each year, the NADP hosts a leadership conference, typically in the winter, to help members to increase their leadership skills, network with others, and learn about industry changes. The 2016 event, which occurred from January 26 through 28 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, included keynote speaker Randall Dean, MBA, who spoke about time management tricks and tips for busy professionals. He suggested ways for individuals experiencing work-related stress to focus on tasks at-hand and presented strategies for realizing at least one extra hour of daily productivity. Attendees also had an opportunity to visit with legislators at nearby Congressional offices.
The Benefits of Employer Provided Manged Vision Care Plans
Alan S. Cohn has served Avesis Incorporated as chief executive officer since 1992. Alan S. Cohn also maintains memberships with various industry organizations, including the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP).
There are a number of benefits to enrolling in a managed vision care plan provided by an employer. Considering that 50 percent of the population requires some form of corrective eyewear, a figure that spikes to 80 percent in adults over the age of 45, vision care plans rank as one of the mostly widely used forms of health care. A managed care plan provides these individuals with simple, immediate access to quality services from trusted providers.
By extending vision care to individuals and their families, medical professionals can detect and proactively combat the progression of disorders that affect eyesight, some of which may spread to other systems in the body. Furthermore, by enrolling in a standardized plan, individuals are guaranteed to receive treatment from providers who meet standards of quality. Finally, employees in certain fields can take advantage of specialized care in the form of visual display terminal (VDT) eyewear or industrial safety eyewear.
NAVCP Streamlines Eye Care Plan Credentialing
For over two decades Alan S. Cohn has served as the chief executive of Avesis Incorporated, which offers vision care plans to suit the diverse American market. Concerned about coordinated care between care providers and patients, Alan S. Cohn is a member of the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP).
NAVCP recently unveiled a more efficient method for eye care professionals (ECPs) to manage the credentialing process with the vision care plans they participate in. The new process will significantly reduce the cost and effort of getting multiple credentials for ECPs, allowing them more time to provide eye care to their patients. It will also help eye care plans by reducing the administrative costs for conducting individual credential processes.
The streamlined process includes eye care plans EyeMed, MESVision, eyeQuest, Davis Vision, AlwaysCare, Vision Benefits of America, Superior Vision, National Vision, and VSP Vision Care.
Through a partnership with Aperture Credentialing, LLC, a credentials verification organization, NAVCP will issue letters describing how the credentialing process works to ESPs due to re-credential with their eye care plans. ESPs will not be compelled to take up additional vision care plans other than the ones they participate in.
AbsoluteCARE Offers Hepatitis C Program
Alan S. Cohn is the president and CEO of Avesis Incorporated, a company that provides dental, vision, and hearing coverage to millions of Americans. Under Alan S. Cohn’s direction, Avesis’ revenue has grown over 30 times. One of Avesis’ subsidiaries is AbsoluteCARE Medical Center and Pharmacy.
In 2014, the AbsoluteCARE center, which has been recognized as an official Center of Excellence in HIV care in Atlanta, is expanding its model to include the care and treatment of hepatitis c. The model of care includes access to and support from a range of health professionals including nurses, dietitians, and social workers to offer culturally sensitive, useful care to patients with these chronic illnesses.
Somewhere between five and seven million Americans are affected by hepatitis c, 40 percent of whom may not realize they are infected. The illness can cause liver complications and is the leading reason for liver transplants in the US. New treatments for hepatitis c have recently become available that can be taken orally over a duration of about three months, and with cure rates as high as 95 percent.
AbsoluteCARE’s new treatment support model will educate patients on hepatitis c and its treatment, and offer classes on dietary factors to support the liver. There will also be mental health professionals available to counsel patients considering treatment or dealing with life stressors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 as well as anyone with risk factors like intravenous drug use, tattoos, or HIV get screened. AbsoluteCARE also offers a walk-in blood test for anyone wishing to be screened.
The NADP's Webinar Series Provides Dental Industry Education at Home
Alan S. Cohen is the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, a patient centered medical care facility with two locations, Atlanta, Georgia, and Baltimore, Maryland. Also a strategic relationships consultant for Avesis Incorporated, Alan S. Cohen supports the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). The NADP’s website features regular webinars and series designed to educate those in the dental insurance industry.
Topics covered by NADP’s webinars include sales and marketing, professional relations, and health care reform, to name a few. As their goal with the webinars is to provide relevant information on topics important to NADP members, they allow anyone to submit a topic for consideration. The 2016 Educational Webinar Series specifically covers private exchanges, tiered and narrow dental networks, DSOs, ACOs, ACAs, Medicaid and CHIP, among others. The package for access to the webinars comes in two options, with or without recordings of the live webinars.
Without recordings, you’re limited to watching them live. The non-recording package costs $900 for NADP members and $1,550 for non-members. With the recordings, you’ll have access to the webinars for 30 days after they are first shown live. Members pay $1,150 and non-members pay $1,800.
The NADP webinars enable you to stay on top of the industry from the comfort of your own home.
National Association of Vision Care Plans Names New Chair
A veteran health care executive, Alan S. Cohn holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from George Washington University and a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Alan S. Cohn currently serves as the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, an ambulatory ICU company. Previously, he led Avesis, a national vision, hearing, and dental company. To stay current with the latest trends in the health care field, he belongs to professional organizations such as the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP).
The voice of the vision benefits industry, the NAVCP brings together members and allied companies to promote vision health through increased access to vision benefits and care. The organization also offers guidance and advocacy for legislation, credentials, and industry standards.
In May of 2016, the NAVCP named Karen Gustin as the new chair of the organization. Ms. Gustin brings more than three decades of experience with Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation and several years on the board of directors of the NAVCP to the position. She also previously served as the chair of the National Association of Dental Plans. During her two-year term as chair of the NAVCP, Ms. Gustin will build on the work of the previous chair, Aspasia Shappet.
Vision Benefits Linked to Healthy Eye Care Habits
Before Alan S. Cohn became the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE, he served as CEO of Avesis Inc, a management health care provider in Arizona. Because of his connection to Avesis, which focuses on hearing, dental, and vision care, Alan S. Cohn is associated with the National Association of Vision Care Plans, an organization that unites vision care companies with the aim to improve the industry.
In September 2016, the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) urged people to better understand the relationship between having a vision benefit and maintaining healthy vision.
Following the incoming annual benefit open enrollment for vision care plans, the organization conducted a general and objective review, resulting in information that supports the claim that vision benefits promote healthy habits toward eye care. The analysis originated from a 16-year study of about 110,000 residents in the United States 18 years and older. The study concluded that one of the main reasons for the correlation is the affordability of eye exams and prescription eyewear for members of a vision premium.
NAVCP also announced that the enrollment for vision benefits has increased by almost 20%, which means more than half of the American population has registered for a premium. The association also reported an increase in employers who now provide vision benefits, amounting to eight out of ten employers.
NAVCP Reports Connection between Vision Benefits and Healthy Habits
Alan S. Cohn is the CEO of AbsoluteCARE in Singer Island, Florida, an ambulatory ICU medical center company that caters to health plan members who are critically ill. He also serves as the strategic partnership consultant at Avesis, a vision, dental, and hearing company, in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Alan S. Cohn volunteers with the National Association of Vision Care Plans.
The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) reported a link between vision benefits and healthy eye-care habits following an increase in the number of Americans with a vision benefit who are scheduled for an eye exam. According to NAVCP, 87 percent of these Americans were planning to have their eyes checked within the year and 67 percent expected to acquire new eyewear.
In an interview, the executive director of the National Association of Vision Care Plans shared that the main reason why Americans without any vision benefit refuse to get an eye exam or prescription eyewear is the cost. Because of this, having a vision benefit, especially when provided by an employer, can prove to be very helpful in terms of assisting members in getting quality eye care for themselves and their family.
According to eye experts, it is important to have regular eye exams because even a slight change in vision can affect productivity. Therefore, it is helpful for a patient to maintain an accurate prescription, which can be achieved only through regular eye exams. Additionally, the chances of detecting any existing eye disease and even some serious medical conditions increases substantially with regular eye exams.
How to Deal with High-Deductible Health Plans
A juris doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Alan S. Cohn had served as the CEO of Avesis, a vision, dental, and hearing company, in Phoenix, Arizona, before becoming its strategic partnership consultant. Alan S. Cohn is now the CEO of AbsoluteCARE in Singer, Florida, an ambulatory ICU medical center company that serves health plan members who are critically ill.
In the wake of a new health care year, more and more people are asking about what it means to have a high-deductible health plan, especially because people are attracted to its cheaper monthly premiums, or due to a quarter of all employers offering only this type of health care. With a high-deductible health plan, members pay most if not all of their own medical bills up to a certain amount before the insurance kicks in.
First and foremost, members have to be aware of which plan they've enrolled in, including its name and the amount of its deductible. The deductible is the amount you pay before the insurer begins paying part or all of the medical costs. In some plans, members pay 20 percent while the insurers pay 80 percent..
Members may also want to consider opening a health savings account, where the money to pay the deductible and other health care expenses can be saved. In addition, members are also advised to talk to their doctors, who can help them find more affordable prescriptions, diagnostic tests, and other health-related services.
The Development of the Ambulatory Intensive Care Unit
Alan S. Cohn is an accomplished senior administrator in the healthcare industry who holds a bachelor of arts from George Washington University and a juris doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Since 1999, Alan S. Cohn has served as the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE, a patient-centered ambulatory intensive care unit center Company.
The first ambulatory intensive care units arose out of the need to address the health concerns of individuals who are living with extremely serious illnesses. More specifically, this new form of primary care was an attempt to address the unfortunate 80/20 rule that plagues the healthcare industry. Basically stated, the 80/20 rule summarizes industry research that has concluded that 20 percent of insured patients (those with the most complex and unstable medical conditions) account for 80 percent of all medical costs.
In 2005, a team led by Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, worked under a California Health Care Foundation grant to develop an innovative approach to treating these chronically-ill patients, who are at high risk for emergency room visits and unplanned hospitalizations. Naming this new structure an ambulatory intensive care unit (or an A-ICU), the team introduced a healthcare model that caters specifically to the very sickest of health plan members. Successful early tests of this new model included health care plans that covered Boeing employees in the Puget Sound area and casino workers in Atlantic City.
Three Services Provided by AbsoluteCARE
George Washington University graduate Alan S. Cohn is the former CEO of Avesis, a company that provides comprehensive vision, dental, and health care to companies and their employees across the United States. Today, Alan S. Cohn serves as the CEO and president of AbsoluteCARE, an ambulatory ICU service for chronically ill patients.
AbsoluteCARE offers its patients comprehensive primary care options conveniently available in one location. While its two locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Baltimore, Maryland, offer different sets of services to local patients, both offices provide the following three services.
1. Laboratory testing. Patients of AbsoluteCARE in both cities have access to onsite CLIA-waived laboratories that conduct an array of tests, including urinalysis, hematology, coagulation, and clinical chemistry tests.
2. Radiology services. Staff members at both AbsoluteCARE locations have the knowledge and the equipment necessary to perform radiology tests and procedures like bone densitometry, echocardiograms, ultrasounds, and chest x-rays.
3. Social work. In addition to physical health services, patients of all AbsoluteCARE facilities are also able to secure the help of licensed social workers who are knowledgeable about relevant topics such as COBRA, Medicare coverage, disabilities, and the paperwork that accompanies signing up for insurance.