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Archives for: October 2014

10/31/14

  09:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 394 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Honors Benchmark Anniversaries At Employee Ceremony

At an employee appreciation luncheon on Friday, October 24, MedBen honored employees who have reached anniversary benchmarks in 2014. The recognition presentation was co-hosted by MedBen Chairman & CEO Doug Freeman and President & COO Kurt… more »

10/29/14

  09:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 280 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Spotlights Progress, Importance Of Mammograms

As October quickly draws to a close, would be remiss if we didn't mention that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 40,000 women will die from the disease in 2014 -- a number that, as Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Mathews… more »

10/28/14

  09:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Ability To Compare Health Care Costs Saves Patients Money, Study Finds

When it comes to health care cost savings -- in particular, the money that comes out of the patient's pocket -- every little bit helps. And a new study suggests that with a bit of research, patients can keep a bigger share of their hard-earned money.… more »

10/24/14

  05:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 360 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Maintaining Grandfathered Plan Status Now May Cost Employer Later

More than four years since the signing of the Affordable Care Act, over one-third of businesses still offer a grandfathered plan. But the proportion of these plan structures has dropped dramatically since 2010... and in all likelihood will disappear for… more »

10/22/14

  09:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 99 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closing Early On October 24

On Friday, October 24, MedBen will be closing at 12:00 p.m. EST for a companywide employee recognition event. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 27. Remember that even when live service representatives aren't available, many of your… more »

10/21/14

  10:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Drug Company Payment Website Adds Simple Search Tool

As promised, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made a big improvement to its recently introduced Open Payments website. instead of wading through massive spreadsheets to research drug and medical-device maker payments to doctors, users… more »

10/20/14

  11:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 304 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans

CDHPs Key To Employer Plan Changes, Reduced Cost Growth

In several recent blog posts, we touched on the importance of change in keeping employer benefit cost increases down -- not change for the sake of change, but change based on a clear understanding of what changes should be made and how they can benefit… more »

10/15/14

  10:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Welcomes Ricketts to Sales & Marketing Team

MedBen is pleased to announce the addition of Brooke Ricketts to the MedBen Sales and Marketing team. In her role as Regional Sales Manager, Ricketts will serve current and prospective MedBen clients in Indiana and Southwestern Ohio. Ricketts comes to… more »

10/14/14

  11:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Good Eye Health Starts (Real) Early

Even if your child is less that a year old, it's not too soon to have his or her vision checked. The American Optometric Association recommends that infants get their first eye exam at six months of age. “The majority of vision problems in children are… more »

10/13/14

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 332 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

CMS Online Portal Now Accepting HPID Applications

Several months ago, we noted here that employer-sponsored health plans need to obtain a Health Plan Identifier (HPID) number that will be used in conjunction with electronic transactions related to plan claims and eligibility. Per HIPAA and Affordable… more »

10/10/14

  09:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Taking the Stress Out of Health Care Costs

For many people, finances and stress go together like peanut butter and jelly. As financial burdens increase, so does the level of stress. And this can be especially true when you add health care into the mix. While your health plan does its best to… more »

10/09/14

  11:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 319 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

WellLiving Helps Employers Offer Fair And Achievable Incentives

A recent Wall Street Journal article examines the balancing act undertaken by employers that offer wellness incentives. The author highlights two employers that were sued because of wellness program disputes -- and both suits allege violations of the… more »

10/07/14

  09:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Hospitals

As Hospital Costs Increase, Push Toward Outpatient Care Also Grows

An interesting essay on the state of modern hospitalization and the shift toward outpatient care, by internist Saquib Rahim: "With increasing frequency, the goal of inpatient care has become to address and stabilize a patient's active medical issues so… more »

10/06/14

  09:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 457 words,  
Categories: News, Discounts, Health Plan Management

Advanced Claims Surveillance Helps To Protect Against Questionable Billing

The New York Times recently shared the story of Peter Drier, a 37-year-old bank technology manager who underwent neck surgery for herniated disks last December. Mr. Drier had done his homework prior to the procedure, so he had a pretty good idea of the… more »

10/03/14

  11:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 299 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Companies Big & Small Welcoming Wellness

Employers continue to embrace worksite wellness in ever-increasing numbers, according to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Employee Benefits News reports that nearly every large firm (98%)… more »

10/02/14

  11:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 281 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform, Online Services

Open Payments Database Provides Glimpse Into Doctor - Drugmaker Relationships

Among the stated goals of the health care reform law was to bring greater transparency to health care costs -- the so-called "Sunshine Act". Toward that goal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services earlier this week rolled out the Open… more »