AbsoluteCare’s Josh Cohn Honored as “Top Emerging Leader 2022”
Modern Healthcare recognizes the leadership contributions of AbsoluteCare’s Chief Development Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2022
BALTIMORE, MD – Modern Healthcare, a publication for healthcare industry executives, named AbsoluteCare’s Chief Development Officer, Josh Cohn, “Top Emerging Leader for 2022.” Josh is responsible for our strategic partnerships with health plans, account management, and marketing. In his role, he addresses the challenges faced by current and prospective customers regarding care for low-income and chronically ill individuals, many of whom have behavioral health issues, substance use disorder, and needs related to the social determinants of health.
As one of the youngest members of our C suite, Josh brings a fresh, energetic perspective to his work. He has spearheaded our innovative Beyond Medicine housing program, which creates a network of landlords (much like provider networks) to participate with us in securing housing for our members. Once that need is met, our members can better adhere to medical care plans and regimens. This program has proven to reduce hospital and emergency department use, saving payers in the millions annually. Where homelessness can cost more than $250,000 in yearly utilization, that figure plummets to under $750 for members with stable housing.
“I am truly honored by this distinction and have to thank all those who nominated me for this award – from CEO Mike Radu, whose support for my ideas and projects has been unwavering, to Chris Michalik, Managing Director of Kinderhook Industries, former Chairman of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and AbsoluteCare Board member,” said Mr. Cohn. “Caring for the most disenfranchised and underserved members of our communities and helping to improve their lives is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.”
According to Mr. Michalik, “Josh is a leader who takes initiative to explore new and creative ways to address the challenges to healthcare faced by low-income, chronically ill individuals.” Michalik also highlighted Josh’s early vaccination advocacy for staff and an in-house vaccine program for members.
Before joining AbsoluteCare in 2018, Josh was Executive Vice President, Business Development, for Avesis, a vision and dental insurance company and served on its board of directors since 2012.
“Josh’s work with AbsoluteCare has been instrumental in our ability to dramatically increase our footprint to help serve our most vulnerable,” said CEO Mike Radu. “Josh has also recognized the importance of meeting members where they are, taking our care out of our centers and into our members’ homes and their communities. We are extremely proud of Josh’s contributions and are pleased, but not surprised, by this well-deserved award.”