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Archives for: October 2013

10/31/13

  03:48:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Wellness Counseling Helps Plan Member Turn Life Around

Among the things MedBen has learned from offering a worksite wellness program is the beneficial effect of individual wellness coaching. Through one-on-one interaction with plan members who have certain specific diseases or risk factors, our team of RN… more »

10/30/13

  05:17:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

HHS Announces Reinsurance Fee Exemption For Some Self-funded Groups

Coming hot on the heels of President Obama’s health plan promise kerfuffle is a possible break on reinsurance fees… and more proof that it pays to self-fund. According to BenefitsPro, the Department of Health and Human Services announced… more »

10/29/13

  05:18:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Self-funding The Cure For Regulatory Overload

“If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.” So President Obama promised Americans in 2009, a year prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. And it’s an assurance he has made repeated times since then. But… more »

10/25/13

  04:46:16 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

When Choosing Employee Benefits, Don't Overlook Vision

Eye care is an essential component of overall health, yet for many employers, vision coverage is an afterthought. But there’s a vital need in the workforce for good vision – a need that MedBen VisionPlus can help your group meet. According… more »

10/24/13

  03:02:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Honors Benchmark Anniversaries At Employee Ceremony

At an employee appreciation luncheon on Friday, October 18, MedBen honored employees who have reached anniversary benchmarks in 2013. Receiving special congratulations was Director of Accounting Operations Anita Sheppard, who is celebrating her 25th… more »

10/23/13

  04:14:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 369 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Promotes Prescription Plan Transparency -- And Maximum Client Savings

A recent Fortune magazine article paints an unflattering portrait of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) that make huge gross profits from a non-transparent payment model. It’s a strategy that some third party administrators may shrug off as… more »

10/17/13

  04:45:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 360 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Government Shutdown Ends With No Major Changes To Health Care Reform Law

After 16 days of offers and counter-offers, in-party squabbling and plummeting popularity polls, Congress has finally worked out a deal to fund the federal government, thus ending the shutdown. President Obama signed the measure into law late Wednesday.… more »

10/16/13

  05:07:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

We're Closing Early This Friday, But Online Services Always Open

On Friday, October 18, MedBen will be closing at 12:00 p.m. EST for a companywide recognition event. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 21. Although our client service departments will be closed early that day, you can still get answers… more »

10/14/13

  04:11:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 317 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Doctor-Patient Relationship Promotes Better Health, Saves Money

We frequently mention on this blog how MedBen’s Worksite Wellness program takes a “physician-first” approach – members are encouraged to use their family physicians as gatekeepers of care, rather than relying upon impersonal… more »

10/11/13

  10:27:45 am, by MedBen5   , 318 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Avoid The Fully-insured Customer Battles By Switching To Self-funding

“Health Insurers Scramble to Keep Healthy Customers“, says a recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Several [health insurers…] have recently warned customers of big rate hikes if they don’t immeditely renew their policies.… more »

10/10/13

  12:45:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 277 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Wellness Coaching Makes A Big Difference To Plan Member

Specialized nurse coaching for plan members who may be at risk for certain conditions is a key feature of MedBen’s Worksite Wellness program. And sometimes, a single session can have a life-altering effect. A nurse coach with our wellness program… more »

10/08/13

  04:59:37 pm, by kthran   , 252 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

MedBen Observes National Customer Service Week

On this National Customer Service Week, we at MedBen are pleased to spotlight the hard work of the men and women in our client service departments. “While we appreciate our client service teams all the time, this week gives us the opportunity to… more »

10/04/13

  04:17:10 pm, by kthran   , 292 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen Reporting Tools Help You Bridge The "Care Gap"

Among the many features of MedBen’s intelligent reporting tools, clients have the ability to review their group’s “care gap” – a measure of what preventive exams and screenings your employees should be receiving compared to… more »

10/03/13

  04:06:34 pm, by kthran   , 249 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Aces Latest ISO 9001 Audit

“The recommendation from this audit is that your certification continues.” That’s the conclusion of SAI Global following its most recent audit of MedBen’s compliance with ISO 9001:2008 standards. Conducted September 19, the… more »

10/02/13

  03:42:53 pm, by kthran   , 316 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is not precisely clear what causes breast cancer. Research has suggested age, gender and estrogen exposure may contribute. While anyone can get the disease, older women are at a greater risk. Non-invasive (stage 0) and early stage (I and II) breast… more »

10/01/13

  01:45:36 pm, by kthran   , 458 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

The Government Shutdown And The Future Of Obamacare

Effective today, the federal government is closed for business. Not totally, mind you – just selected bits and pieces not required by law to continue operations or deemed “non-essential", such as national parks, U.S. Capitol tours and free… more »