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Archives for: June 2010

06/28/10

  09:01:22 am, by MedBen5   , 127 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Medicare Reimbursement Cut Delayed Again

A 21% cut in Medicare physician reimbursements has once again been put on hold. President Obama signed a bill on June 25 postponing the rate reduction for six more months, instead giving doctors a pay bump of 2.2%. The oft-delayed reimbursement cut… more »

06/24/10

  12:59:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Report Highlights the Employer Health Plan "Road"

Consulting firm Hewitt Associates has released The Road Ahead: Under Construction With Increasing Tolls, a report highlighting both short- and long-term trends of employer-sponsored health plans. Based on a survey of nearly 600 employer plans… more »

06/22/10

  12:02:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Subsidies In Limbo -- And No Less Confusing

While the future of COBRA subsidies remains uncertain – employer contributions to new COBRA recipients ended on May 31, and while Congress has made efforts to continue the subsidy, no bill appears near passage – the need to properly… more »

06/18/10

  11:28:40 am, by MedBen5   , 141 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Psst... Hey, Doc!

Going in for a check-up soon? A posting in the EverythingHealth blog provides a handy reminder that doctors do a better job of diagnosing when you share detailed information about your medical history – even the stuff you may think insignificant,… more »

06/16/10

  01:54:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 111 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Virtual Tour Updated

Care to visit MedBen without having to get up from the comfort of your chair? We’ve recently updated our Virtual Tour on MedBen.com so you can take a look around our home office day or night, from anywhere there’s an Internet connection.… more »

06/14/10

  05:24:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 132 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Preventive Care Linked to Significant Decline in Heart Attacks

Good news on the personal wellness front: a study of Northern California health insurance participants found that hospital admissions for heart attacks dropped 24% between 1999 and 2008. The New England Journal of Medicine observes that this dramatic… more »

06/11/10

  03:52:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Offers Four Health Care Reform Presentations in July

Since April, MedBen has been meeting with employers throughout the Midwest to speak on the topic, “Health Reform: What Employers Need to Know". In July, we will embark on a special four-state tour to discuss the immediate and long-term effects of… more »

06/10/10

  05:34:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Survey Reveals Mixed Feelings About Health Care Reform

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions has released an interesting study that offers a snapshot of consumer attitudes following the passage of health care reform legislation. Conducted in May 2010, “Post Health Care Reform Perceptions: Consumer… more »

06/08/10

  06:10:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 152 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Claims Surveillance Technology Continues to Spot Savings Potential

MedBen’s advanced claims survelliance system continues to find opportunities for client savings. As of May 31, cumulative savings since September 2007 have exceeded $15.6 million. For the first five months of 2010, savings have averaged more than… more »

06/03/10

  12:33:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 619 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen Reform Q&A: Dependent Eligibility

MedBen recently introduced a dedicated e-mail address for clients to send their questions about the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Reconciliation Act, at healthreformquestions@medben.com. Periodically,… more »

06/01/10

  12:28:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

COBRA Update: Subsidy Program Not Extended (Yet)

Once again, a deadline for extending COBRA employer subsidies has arrived – and once again, Congress will miss it. Business Insurance reports that the Senate did not take up the matter of a short-term subsidy extension before adjourning for its… more »