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Archives for: January 2010

01/28/10

  04:32:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Reform Update: So What's Next?

Just last month, Congressional leaders were promising to have a finalized health care reform bill ready for President Obama in time for his State of the Union address. Obviously, that deadline has fallen by the wayside. And with last week’s… more »

01/25/10

  11:21:25 am, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Average Client Savings Takes a Big Jump Up

MedBen clients saved, on average, an additional $11.57 per employee per month without a single plan design change in 2009, according to year-end information from AWAC, MedBen’s cost control claim review vendor. That is up from an average of $8.00… more »

01/22/10

  05:51:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 102 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Receives Claims Savings Achievement Award

At a January 21 meeting of MedBen executives and Claims Risk Management team members with AWAC, a cost containment and medical consulting firm, Vice President of Cost Containment Dr. Luke Burchard presented MedBen with a plaque to recognize its… more »

01/21/10

  04:46:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Is (Happily) Not Among Companies on ODI List

Sometimes it’s good to be conspicuous in your absence. The Ohio Department of Insurance’s 2008 Patient Protection Report lists insurance carriers and administrators who received an external review from ODI (requested by a plan member or… more »

01/19/10

  04:19:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Incentives

Assessing the (Wellness) Problem

A recent article in Employeer Benefit News chronicles the difficulties one employer has had in persuading employees to take a health risk assessment (HRA), a tool for gathering personal information to ascertain potential health risks for wellness… more »

01/15/10

  09:49:03 am, by MedBen5   , 288 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Updated Model COBRA Notices Available

The US Department of Labor has updated its model COBRA notices to aid group health plans in complying with the recent COBRA subsidy extension. Using the links below, group plan administrators can download and modify these notices for distribution to… more »

01/13/10

  02:53:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Power to the Patient!

Last week, we noted that the individual (a.k.a. “you") has the greatest control of personal health care costs – far more than government, doctors or insurers. Through exercise and proper diet, we greatly reduce the risk of chronic diseases,… more »

01/12/10

  04:02:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 103 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

Claims Surveillance System Savings Surpass $13 Million in 2009

MedBen’s leading-edge surveillance system continues to find opportunies for significant client claim savings. Since its introduction in September 2007 through December 2009, this innovative, physician-based program has resulted in a total client… more »

01/08/10

  04:22:57 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

All the News, "Twit" to Print

A recent survey of large-company employers found that they rely primarily on their benefit brokers and consultants to keep them informed on the latest health reform happenings. Here at MedBen, we have long recognized the importance of keeping our… more »

01/07/10

  10:52:34 am, by MedBen5   , 157 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Reform Update: Hammering Out the Differences

Heading into the home stretch… Behind the scenes, Congressional leaders are meeting to resolve differences between the House and Senate health reform bills, with the goal of having a final version ready before President Obama’s State of the… more »

01/05/10

  05:05:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Get Healthy and Save Money -- Exercise!

Amidst the clamor of our elected leaders arguing the best way to reduce health care costs, a simple truth goes unheard – that we, as individuals, possess the real key to lower health spending, simply by taking better care of ourselves. This is… more »