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  04:34:05 pm, by kthran   , 294 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

When Looking To Reduce Hospital Costs, Remember Bigger Isn't Better

A common conviction of the “bigger is better” line of thinking is that large metropolitan hospitals offer superior care than their smaller regional counterparts. But as Partners Community Health Plan members are discovering, size… more »


  09:02:43 am, by kthran   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Lack Of Insurance Knowledge A Problem, But MedBen Has The Solution

Knowledge, as they say, is power… and in the case of health insurance, the more you know, the better your odds of staying healthy and saving money. At MedBen, it’s our goal to keep clients informed about all aspects of their coverage. As… more »


  09:45:25 am, by kthran   , 310 words,  
Categories: News, Incentives

With Worksite Wellness, Incentives Don't Have To Be Big

Money talks – and, apparently, motivates people to walk as well. But at MedBen, we’ve learned that positive wellness reinforcement comes in many varieties. According to MedPage Today, a recent review of wellness incentive studies by… more »


  08:42:04 am, by kthran   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Employers Are Going Solo With CDHPs

MedBen has offered consumer-driven health plans for nearly 15 years… and in that time, we’ve seen it transform from a niche product into a valuable tool for employer cost savings, as well as a way to give employees a greater role in health… more »


  12:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 120 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Questions About Marketplaces And HR? Watch This MedBen Webinar

With the rollout of health insurance Marketplaces (previously referred to “Exchanges") just a few months away – and enrollment for them, mere days – it’s possible you may not fully understand their purpose, or if you’re a… more »


  05:45:20 pm, by kthran   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

U.S. Health Spending Continues To Grow; MedBen Helps Employers Keep It In Check

With 75 years of health care management under its proverbial belt, MedBen has seen plenty of fluctuations in nationwide health spending over the decades – from periods of relatively slow upticks to the double-digit increases of the early… more »


  04:10:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 511 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Employee Exchange Notice Requirement Nearing October 1 Deadline

No later than October 1, 2013, all employers are required to provide a Notice to their employees providing information about the new health care Exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Exchanges, now called Health Insurance Marketplaces,… more »


  04:21:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Employee Coverage and Self-funded Savings -- So Where's The "Threat"?

Private sector solutions apparently have no place in today’s brave new health care world, The Wall Street Journal finds: “[S]elf-insurance is now filtering down to businesses with 199 workers or fewer, as a hedge against ObamaCare’s… more »


  04:32:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

With Exchange Enrollment Start Date Looming, Confusion, Opposition Abound

One would think with all the free publicity the Affordable Care Act has received in the past several years, the majority of Americans would by now have a pretty good understanding about such concepts as “the individual mandate” and… more »


  09:07:42 am, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Conditions Are Right To Make The Self-funding Switch

At MedBen, we believe that employers both large and small should benefit from the savings achieved by a healthy workforce. That’s why for two decades we’ve offered self-funded solutions for large and smaller employers. Still, for companies… more »


  04:59:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Proposals To Simplify Employer Mandate Include Streamlined Reporting

Last week, we alerted you to new regulations proposed by the Treasury Department and IRS on information reporting requirements under the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act. As we noted, the agency is requesting feedback in regard to… more »


  11:51:27 am, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

FDA Advocates Prescribing Long-acting Opioids Only For Severe Pain

In hopes of encouraging doctors to exercise more caution in the prescribing of painkillers, the Food and Drug Administration has introduced new labeling guidelines for opioid narcotics, The Los Angeles Times reports. The change will affect OxyContin,… more »


  11:56:31 am, by MedBen5   , 262 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Rx Coupons Not A Long-term Bargain

MedBen pharmaceutical plans encourage the use of generic equivalents whenever possible. Such medicines contain the same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts, and are sold at a much lower cost. Understandably, brand-name drugmakers would… more »


  11:27:46 am, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Putting Mammograms Off May Raise Risk Of Cancer Death, Study Suggests

MedBen follows American Cancer Society guidelines that state women over 40 years of age should get annual mammograms – guidelines the organization has stood by even after the federal government’s controversial recommendation that women can… more »


  05:10:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Obama Administration Seeks Input For Simplying Employer Mandate

Following complaints that employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act were too complicated, the U.S. Treasury Department has proposed new rules, the Associated Press reports. The agency seeks comment on options to reduce or streamline… more »


  03:49:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 757 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

How Will The Defense of Marriage Act Ruling Affect Your Plan?

In June, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in United States v. Windsor – the highly publicized Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. While the Supreme Court’s ruling was very specific regarding changes required in the areas of the… more »


  11:51:02 am, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Closing The "Care Gap" Improves Workplace Health, Lowers Costs

Among the keys to reducing health care costs is reducing the “care gap” that results from plan members missing recommended wellness exams and screenings. MedBen, in conjunction with Verisk Health, offers a unique reporting platform that… more »


  10:43:58 am, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

With Split Solution, You're Not Too Small To Self-Fund

The 2013 Employer Benefits Survey released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the popularity of self-funding continues to grow steadily. According to Passion for Subro, 61% of covered workers are in a self-funded plan – up… more »