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Archives for: March 2014

03/31/14

  12:10:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans

IRS Clarifies FSA Rollover Rule For HSA Contributors

Last year’s announcement that health flexible spending account owners could carry over a portion of their funds came as welcome news for most. But to individuals who also contributed to a health saving account, it created something of a dilemma.… more »

03/27/14

  03:53:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 274 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Passage Of "Doc Fix" Bill Could Again Delay ICD-10 Rollout (UPDATED)

The passage of a Medicare “doc fix” bill could delay the implementation of ICD-10 codes by a least a year, Modern Healthcare reports. The nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes is scheduled to occur… more »

03/26/14

  02:44:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Obamacare Coverage Numbers Fail To Impress So Far

A review of the coverage numbers under four years of the Affordable Care Act yield some rather underwhelming results. From Wynton Hall of the Breitbart News Network: “According to CNBC, of the 5 million people the Obama administration claims have… more »

03/25/14

  11:56:17 am, by MedBen5   , 266 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Reporting Tools Help Employers Develop Smart Benefit Strategies

The current state of health care reform has created no small measure of uncertainty among self-funded employer groups… and an unprecedented need to understand how benefit and population changes will affect their bottom line. To meet this need,… more »

03/20/14

  04:31:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Birth Control Mandate Critics About To Get Day In Court

On March 25, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the question of whether or not employers should be required to cover contraceptives even if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. The hearing marks the latest (and final?)… more »

03/19/14

  04:21:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Colon Cancer Study Results Suggest Effectiveness Of Wellness Screenings

Promoting preventive care continues to pay off in a big way. The latest evidence: Colon cancer cases among Americans 50 and older fell 30% in the last decade, according to a new study. The Wall Street Journal reports that the study of government data… more »

03/18/14

  04:15:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 525 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

MedBen Government Roundtable Highlights Savings Solutions

Money-saving strategies took center stage at MedBen’s 8th Annual Government Employer Roundtable held on March 18. Municipalities whose benefits are administered by MedBen got to see how their plan performed in comparison to other municipal… more »

03/14/14

  10:01:02 am, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

The Self-funded Difference

“Now more than ever, it pays to self-fund.” It’s a claim MedBen has made in advertisements and to prospective clients a lot lately. But what does it really mean to an employer that still offers traditional health coverage? Under the… more »

03/13/14

  12:32:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Employers Can Pay Reinsurance Tax In Two Installments, Says HHS

Businesses have gotten a break of sorts from the Affordable Care Act’s Transitional Reinsurance Tax. Business Insurance reports that rather than paying the fee in a lump sum, the Department of Health and Human Services will allow employers to make… more »

03/11/14

  04:10:00 pm, by kthran   , 300 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Overwhelm You

Be it too many tasks, an uncooperative co-worker, or a problem at home that’s affecting your concentration, everyone experiences workplace stress to some degree. The average worker can have as many as 100 projects on the agenda, so it’s understandable… more »

03/06/14

  05:25:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Rx Model Offers Transparency, 100% Discounts And Rebates

“[Pharmacy benefit managers] cut private deals with drugmakers and then set maximum amounts they’ll reimburse drugstores for generic drugs and what they’ll charge companies, insurers or other clients for the drugs. The difference… more »

03/04/14

  05:26:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 463 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Wellness, "Own Use" Rx Emphasized At MedBen Hospital Roundtable

Earlier today, MedBen clients and non-clients turned out for the company’s 12th Annual Hospital Employer Roundtable at the Morrow Conference Center in Newark, Ohio. Members of the MedBen team offered their insights on the current state of health… more »