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Archives for: October 2007

10/31/07

  12:00:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Access: New Look, New Features and More Convenience!

MedBen Access has changed for the better! If you’re a frequent visitor of our 24/7 claims and benefits information website, you’ll notice some important differences on your next visit designed to make your online experience even more user-friendly,… more »

10/15/07

  08:12:58 am, by MedBen1   , 235 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Pharmacy Pricing - what is AWP, how will it change and what can you do?

Segal Co. offers a good overview of the effect of the class action lawsuit related to drug pricing. You can get the summary from Segal’s website here. As Segal notes, the calculation for Average Wholesale Pricing, or AWP, was determined to… more »

10/08/07

  08:06:36 am, by MedBen1   , 139 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Beware of overused tests

Consumer Reports has a top 10 of overused medical procedures and the associated hazards in their November issue. A summary can be found on their web site. Among the top 10 are back surgeries (90% of of back pain goes away within six weeks), heartburn… more »

10/03/07

  09:26:50 am, by MedBen1   , 182 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Incentives

Lower health plan costs tied to health focus, plan management over discounts

Employers with the lowest comparable health costs focus on strong clinical programs and solid plan management over proclaimed discounts, according to the 2007 SHPS Health Practices Study (you can download the study here). According to SHPS’s CEO… more »

10/01/07

  01:25:29 pm, by MedBen1   , 137 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

Generic profit margins (or lack thereof) begin to take effect

Walgreen’s third quarter earnings were a good reflection of the general trend of tighter prescription drug margins. According to a posting on The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog, “Despite higher revenues, Walgreen’s net income… more »