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Archives for: June 2014

06/30/14

  10:37:49 am, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Care Reform

Supreme Court Votes 5-4 To Allow Religious Exemption For Contraceptive Coverage

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that selected corporations do not have to cover contraceptives for women if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. According to the Associated Press, the decision marks the first time that the high… more »

06/27/14

  03:05:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 286 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Hospital, Physician's Office Outpatient Costs Can Vary Greatly, Study Finds

Some interesting research from the National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR) demonstrates the usefulness of comparing outpatient care costs whenever possible. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization found that average hospital outpatient… more »

06/25/14

  05:07:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 299 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Mammography In The News: Studies, Advancements… And A Possible Alternative

The use of mammograms to detect breast cancer has its advocates and detractors, and there’s no shortage of studies supporting arguments before and against screenings. One recent study, with results that fall firmly on the “for” side, found that… more »

06/24/14

  05:36:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 329 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Care Reform

E-cigarette Popularity Clouding Up Wellness Reward Decisions

Employee Benefits News asks the question, “Where do e-cigarettes fit into an ACA-compliant wellness program?“ According to the final regulations of the Affordable Care Act, an employer can reward up to 50% of the cost of health insurance… more »

06/20/14

  05:27:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Reduce Your Group's Drug Costs Through A Better Rx Plan -- And A Healthier Workforce

According to HealthDay News, a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while growth of prescription drug use has slowed in recent years, overall numbers continue to rise. Nearly half of Americans said they took at… more »

06/19/14

  10:07:15 am, by MedBen5   , 261 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

Rise In Million-Dollar Claims Emphasizes Need For Smart Benefits Management

Occurrences of million-dollar medical claims are still comparatively small, but their numbers of late have grown considerably – another reason it pays for your business to take advantage of the sound health benefits management offered by MedBen.… more »

06/13/14

  03:48:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 336 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

MedBen "Couch Potato" Promotes Virtues Of Keeping Fit

Workplace wellness promotion comes in all shapes and sizes. And here at MedBen, not only do we believe in walking the walk, we also believe in, er… totting the tot, as it were. Like many of our clients that offer a worksite wellness program,… more »

06/12/14

  12:27:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Reporting

Intelligent Reporting Allows MedBen Clients To Judge Member Risk, See Care Gap

A recent overview of worksite wellness strategies cites health risk reduction as an emerging trend in measuring a program’s progress. “The fact that health risk reduction has become the leading success metric is important because health… more »