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’ 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 e

Posted in News & Info by Stephen Gardner
October 24, 2016

Argus Kids Choice Dental Plan Logo PNG The Florida Exchange Board has approved the Argus Kid’s Choice Dental Plan as a separate, stand-alone dental plan on the Florida Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Nicholas M. Kavouklis, DMD, Argus Dental & Vision’s President and CEO said, “We are pleased and proud to offer the Argus Kids Choice Dental Plan on the Florida Exchange. Our mission is to provide children and families with access to quality and affordable dental care from our network of caring dentists. When parents choose the Argus Kid’s Choice Dental Plan, they can trust in knowing that their child will enjoy a happier and healthier smile.” The Kid’s Choice Dental Plan offers 100% coverage on preventive pediatric dental care services, diagnostic services, sealants and fluoride applications, as well as a low monthly premium, so families pay less every month compared to high coverage plans. Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act dental coverage begins November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017. To sign up for th

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October 22, 2016

Argus Dental & Vision team members extend their support to two local organizations in the Tampa Bay area this October: Dentistry From The Heart and SpeakUp 5K Tampa. dentistry from the heartOn Friday, October 21st, experienced dental care staff from Argus Dental & Vision lent their support to Dentistry From The Heart, providing free cleanings, extractions, and fillings to adults in St. Petersburg, Florida from 8am-3pm at Klement Family dental office. Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need. Every year, thousands of individual dentists, hygienists, volunteers, and dental practices around the world donate their time and resources to DFTH events.     speak upOn Saturday, October 22nd, Argus volunteers joined together to take part in the Speak Up 5K Tampa Walk to spread sunshine to tee

Posted in Community Outreach by Sandy Callwood
October 11, 2016

SOC 2Argus Dental & Vision has successfully completed a Service Organization Control 2 Type 1 Service and Security audit, validating that the company has established effective controls over the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy of systems used to process customer information, and the confidentiality or privacy of that information. “We are pleased that our SOC 2 Report has shown that we demonstrate the necessary controls to mitigate risks associated with data processing, storage, and usage,” said Mitch Dimler, Chief Information Officer of Argus Dental & Vision. “With our SOC 2 Type 1 certification, we can continue to assure our customers that Argus Dental & Vision’s information systems, processes and procedures meet the highest levels of service and security excellence.” Nicholas M. Kavouklis D

Posted in Blog, Company News by Sandy Callwood
September 27, 2016

Roger Skinner Star AwardRoger W. Skinner, Vice President of Business Development, has been awarded a prestigious 2016 Star Award by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) for his contributions to the NADP Membership WorkGroup. The NADP Star Awards recognize the achievements of individual volunteers and their commitment towards promoting and advancing the dental benefits industry and improving consumer access to affordable, quality dental care. According to the NADP, “The Membership WorkGroup is honoring Roger for providing invaluable insight and feedback regarding proposed changes to the membership dues structure, and serving as the WorkGroup’s go-to resource regarding Medicaid and Medicare.” “My work on the Membership WorkGroup is a small way in which I can contribute to our industry and association”, said Roger Skinner, CLU, RHU, REBC. “It is truly an honor to be chosen for this award.” Skinner is responsible for leading individual and group benefit strategies, sales management and market research for Ar

Posted in Employee News by Sandy Callwood
September 6, 2016

Argus receives prestigious dental and vision plan accreditations by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) AAAHC AccreditationThe Argus Vision Plan has earned its first full accreditation by the AAAHC, and the Argus Dental Plan has received its full reaccreditation. The new and renewed accreditations reinforce Argus Dental & Vision as a distinguished benefits organization dedicated to delivering the highest standards in service excellence. AAAHC accreditation is reserved for organizations that demonstrate substantial compliance with the AAAHC’s nationally-recognized core standards and accreditation policies. The process involved a rigorous on-site audit by professional AAAHC surveyors, provider site visits, interviews with executive leadership staff, and a detailed examination of Argus’ Member Rights, Governance, Administration, Provider Relations, Credentialing, Case Management, Quality Improvement, Risk Management, Clinical Records, Health Education, Dental Services, and Vision Services. Meena Desai, MD, AAAHC Board Chair stated: “AAAHC accreditation is a significant achievement. Granting accreditation re

Posted in Blog, Company News by Sandy Callwood
August 31, 2016

Optical Industry Expert, Richard L. Sanchez, Joins the Argus Leadership Team as Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances Richard SanchezArgus Dental & Vision, Inc. is pleased to announce that Richard L. Sanchez, former CEO and Founder of Advantica Eyecare, has joined the Argus leadership team as Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Dr. Nick M. Kavouklis, CEO and Founder of Argus Dental & Vision states, “Richard’s years of experience has enabled him to build potent alliances and trusted relationships. Richard’s talents and knowledge will provide a major advantage for Argus in the vision area with significant enhancement to our current vision client services as well as future health plan contracting within the triad of optical, optometric and ophthalmology.” Mr. Sanchez will be responsible for the growth and development of the Argus Dental & Vision Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) vision program, market share and network expansion strategies, assis

Posted in Blog, Employee News by Sandy Callwood
February 22, 2016

Argus Dental & Vision to Host Job Fair on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Argus Dental & Vision is hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 am to 12 pm.  The Job Fair will be located  at Argus Dental & Vision located at 4919 W Laurel Street, Tampa, FL 33607.  Managers will be on site to conduct on the spot interviews.  Walk in or call for an appointment.*   ARGUS DENTAL & VISION IS HIRING:

  • Call Center Reps (3/14 Start)
  • Medical/Dental Intake Coordinators
  • UM Reviewer
  • Case Manager
  • Network Manager

First impressions count! Prepare for success:  

  • Wear business casual attire
  • Bring 3-4 copies of your resume
  • Arrive with a positive attitude

  Must be 18 years of age or older to attend the Job Fair (no children or pets allowed). For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact: HR Manager, at 813-831-4522 or [email protected]. If you cannot attend, but are interested in an open position, please submit your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. *Appointments are pref

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February 9, 2016

Argus Dental & Vision Expands with the Appointment of Lewis Sollner as Director of Sales for the state of Florida Argus Dental & Vision, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Lewis Sollner, CLU, ChHC as its Director of Sales for the state of Florida. Sollner’s focus will be working with brokers, consultants, and agents throughout the state of Florida. He will be responsible for the sale of the Argus proprietary group and individual dental and vision insurance plans. Sollner joins Argus with nearly 20 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. According to Roger Skinner, Vice President of Business Development, “This newly created position will expand Argus’s presence in the Florida broker community.” Skinner added “I am excited to have Lewis join and lead our sales team and the launch and introduction of our new PPO dental and vision plans alongside of our existing Argus portfolio.” CEO, Dr. Nick Kavouklis added, “Lewis adds significant stature to our ability to effectively compete against the large carriers. Many leading brokers and agents prefer and are seeking the type of local relationship and boutique service Argus can provide. Lewis is well respected in benefits industry for the five-star attention he assigns to all his business relationships.”

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January 1, 2016

Argus Dental & Vision Awarded New Medicare Dental Partnership with Humana CarePlus Health Plans Effective January 1, 2016 Argus begins a new partnership with CarePlus Health Plans, a Humana company, to administer dental benefits to over 105,000 Medicaid Advantage members in the state of Florida. “We consider this partnership to be a very high honor” stated Nicholas M. Kavouklis DMD, founder and CEO of Argus Dental & Vision. CarePlus is one of the only Florida HMOs to have earned the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) prestigious five-star status. We learned first-hand a few of the reasons that they have earned and retained their five-star status. Their team conducted a comprehensive due-diligence of our internal capabilities to determine how effectively Argus could provide the quality service they demand for their members.” Leading Argus Dental & Vision’s growing operations is Chief Operations Officer, Michelle Backlund, MBA, with over 20-years of experience in operations and strategic planning. “Over the course of 2015, Argus has experienced tremendous growth supported by first-class customer service and robust technology. The CarePlus partnership pushes Argus closer to the 1,000,000 member mark. The synergy we are obtaining from our growth and size gives us a significant opportunity to broaden access to quality provide

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