Argus Dental & Vision Creates Excedis, Inc. to Assist Health Care Plans in Driving HEDIS Measurement Improvement

Argus Dental & Vision Creates Excedis, Inc. to Assist Health Care Plans in Driving HEDIS Measurement Improvement
August 2, 2017

August 7, 2017 (Tampa, Fla.) – Argus Dental & Vision Inc., announced today that the company has created a wholly owned subsidiary, Excedis, Inc., (excedis.com). Excedis’ mission is to provide innovative, quality vision and dental solutions to help Medicare and Medicaid healthcare partners succeed in improving their HEDIS scores, while simultaneously expanding member access to dental and vision care.

On the vision side, Excedis will partner with health care plans and ACO clients to support a plan’s diabetic membership in receiving important dilated retinal exams, closing care gaps, thereby closing HEDIS gaps and achieving higher STAR ratings. Excedis will also create valued partnerships with healthcare plans to help expand access and improve oral health among their pediatric populations (ages 2-21), resulting in increased percentage of annual dental visit (ADV) quality metrics.

Dr. Nicholas M. Kavouklis DMD, CEO and Founder of Argus Dental & Vision stated, “As HEDIS measurements continue to drive improvements to how healthcare is delivered, measured, and marketed, many plans don’t have the resources to maximize their efforts in the HEDIS areas of diabetics and dental. We have already been successfully helping existing clients improve their scores, and believe that these efforts could benefit plans through a dedicated service-based company.”

Kavouklis has tapped Brian Hauser to lead Excedis as President. He has over 15 years of leadership experience, spending 10 years in the vision industry with Transitions Optical, the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of photochromic prescription lenses. As General Manager, North America, Hauser was responsible for the company’s largest revenue region, and an organization of 400 people in sales, marketing, finance, and operations. More recently he was GM and VP of Operations for Infiniti Labs, a privately held toxicology lab in Tampa, Florida, as well as a senior partner with Visibility Management.

“HEDIS quality metrics will continue to be a critical part of improvements to healthcare delivery. I am excited for the opportunity to utilize Excedis’ core competencies in vision and dental spaces to assist other plans in improving their HEDIS scores,” says Hauser.

About Argus Dental & Vision, Inc.

Founded in 2007 by a Florida dentist and licensed through the Florida Department of Insurance, Argus provides administration of dental and vision benefits that offer value and quality. Argus maintains three licensures as a Pre-paid Health Plan, a Discount Medical Plan and as a Third Party Administrator in twenty-five states across the country. Argus is the first dental plan organization in the United States to earn accreditation for quality care for both vision and dental by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Argus provides fully-delegated services for Medicare and Medicaid HMO partners, commercial accounts and government agencies such as Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. Collaborations between consumers, providers and insurance agents has enabled Argus to customize flexible and affordable benefit plans to meet the specific needs of individuals, families, employer groups and associations with current Argus policy holders surpassing 680,000. Visit www.argusdentalvision.com for more information.

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