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Archives for: February 2015

02/27/15

  05:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 442 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Stop-loss, Cost savings

First MedBen University Of 2015 Draws Big Crowd

MedBen kicked off its 2015 MedBen University (MBU) season in fine fashion, as an attentive audience filled the Morrow Conference Center on February 26 to receive timely information about health benefits management. This year's first session,… more »

02/24/15

  06:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 333 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Care Spending Increased Last Year, But Self-funding Smooths The Bumps

Annual health care spending may have experienced its first sizable bump after multiple years of slow growth, according to a new study. But fortunately, employers can keep such increases in check by self-funding their group coverage. Bloomberg Business… more »

02/20/15

  10:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Consumer-driven Health Plans

IRS Delays Small Business Penalties For Stand-alone HRAs

Another day, another Obamacare delay... The Internal Revenue Service announced earlier this week that it will delay penalties on small businesses that provide health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to their employees to purchase individual health… more »

02/19/15

  05:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 407 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

Millard, Crain Named MedBen IS Directors

MedBen is pleased to announce the promotion of longtime Information Systems (IS) team members Wayne Millard and Wendell Crain. Millard was named Director of Data Processing and Technical Compliance, while Crain was named Director of Security,… more »

02/17/15

  10:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

GOP Obamacare Alternative Hampered By "Take It Or Leave It" Approach

Political consultant Robert Laszewski recently offered a detailed analysis of a proposed Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act. In addition to repealing the current law -- though retaining such popular provisions as no lifetime limits,… more »

02/13/15

  11:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 422 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Wellness Visits Stengthen Doctor-Patient Relationship, Encourage Accountability

Several weeks ago on this blog, we examined the growing refrain that annual physicals aren't worth the time or money because they seldom detect major illnesses. We countered that the preventive care aspect of the exam is really secondary to maintaining… more »

02/11/15

  09:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 456 words,  
Categories: News, Security, Privacy

At MedBen, Your Data Security Is A Top Priority

Last week’s disclosure that a major health insurer was hit by a massive cybersecurity breach has led to renewed media attention about the measures that benefits management companies are taking to protect their customers' personal information –… more »

02/09/15

  11:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 393 words,  
Categories: News, Cost savings

When It Comes To Hospital Costs, Geography Plays A Big Role

A recent study demonstrates how medical costs differ greatly across the U.S. -- and begs the question of how much of that cost variation is justified. According to Forbes, the analysis from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association showed that the… more »

02/05/15

  10:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: Wellness

To Lower Hypertension Risk, Stay “Well Read”

Nearly 1 in 3 adults suffers from hypertension, and less than half of those with the condition aren’t taking the proper steps to get it under control. In fact, many don’t even know they have it. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the… more »

02/04/15

  11:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

GOP-led House Of Representatives Votes To Repeal Obamacare

Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted 239-186 to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote fell generally along party lines, with three Republicans voting against the bill, and no Democrats supporting it. The legislation also calls for… more »

02/03/15

  06:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 316 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings

Diabetes Cost Trend Underscores Usefulness Of Wellness Programs

A new study offers a sobering reminder that practicing healthy habits won't simply improve your lifestyle -- it'll potentially save you a bundle of cash to boot. MedCity News reports that economists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… more »