AbsoluteCARE Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that AbsoluteCARE Medical Center & Pharmacy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avēsis, has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term patient care team partnerships. AbsoluteCARE of Atlanta attained Level 3, the highest level achievable.

AbsoluteCARE’s Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model that strengthens the healthcare provider-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and builds long-term healing relationships. A clinician leads a skilled team which takes collective responsibility for patient care, providing health services and arranging for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians and ancillary services. The delivery system is based on a partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families (when appropriate) to ensure that patients have all the necessary information to actively participate in their own care. As a result, AbsoluteCARE achieves more personalized, coordinated, effective, and efficient care and the results are impressive.

AbsoluteCARE met all of the specified requirements for NCQA certification as a result of its high level of accessibility, comprehensive services, effective care management, full team integration, use of technology, and proven outcomes in terms of quality and safety. According to Dr. Joel Rosenstock, MD, MPH, Medical Director of AbsoluteCARE, “Our program comprehensively manages the patients’ total health and controls medical expenditures, leading to significant cost savings. These results are achieved through our innovative PCMH model which is designed to deliver total care. For the past 15 years, AbsoluteCARE has proactively worked with patients to improve their health and ensure that all care is personalized to meet their individual medical and psychosocial needs.”

“By providing quality, affordable healthcare to the chronically ill, the sickest of the sick and dramatically improving patient outcomes” added Alan Cohn, President and CEO of Avēsis, “AbsoluteCARE is helping transform healthcare”.

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

About AbsoluteCARE Medical Center & Pharmacy
Established in 2000, AbsoluteCARE with facilities in Atlanta, Georgia and Baltimore, Maryland, provides a medical home for patients and their families. AbsoluteCARE strives for the highest quality and most cost-effective medical and wellness care in a private setting, offering comprehensive medical, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, nutrition, integrated behavioral health, education, and social support services. AbsoluteCARE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avēsis, a national vision, dental and hearing care program administrator. http://www.AbsoluteCAREHealth.com

About Avēsis
Avēsis has been providing essential vision, dental and hearing care benefit solutions since 1978. Since its inception Avēsis has developed, administered and refined its offerings to provide its clients with best-in-class product choices and services. Today, Avēsis’ programs are rapidly approaching a membership of eight and a half million members throughout the country. The Company has unique experience and expertise as a third-party administrator (TPA) of commercial, Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare Advantage routine vision, medical/surgical eye care, dental and hearing care programs that enables it to cost-effectively deliver exceptional access to high quality providers. The company also provides GAP medical coverage and operates AbsoluteCARE which provides a Patient Centered Medical Home for patients and their families. Avēsis has corporate headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona and its executive offices are based in Owings Mills, Maryland. http://www.avesis.com

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current assumptions and expectations. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual financial results or operating performance to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

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