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Archives for: October 2015

10/30/15

  04:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness

MedBen Sponsors 10th Annual Granville Turkey Trot

For the third year in a row, MedBen is pleased to promote healthier lifestyles while supporting a worthy cause through its sponsorship of the Granville Turkey Trot (GTT), a 5K fun run/walk. Taking place in Granville, Ohio on Thanksgiving morning… more »

10/28/15

  02:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

For Diabetes Prevention, Healthy Living Beats Rx Fixes

However obvious it may seem, it bears repeating that the most effective wellness is frequently also the most basic. Case in post: newly released research pitting healthy lifestyles vs. medicine. According to Reuters Health, a 15-year diabetes study… more »

10/26/15

  05:29:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Initial ICD-10 Implementation Reports Find No Claim Processing Disruptions

In the months -- more precisely, years -- leading up to the October 1 implementation of the ICD-10 medical coding system, there was no small amount of concern as to whether the massive increase in codes would create claims inaccuracies and turnaround… more »

10/21/15

  10:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform

Buyer Beware: When Approached with ACA Scare Tactics, Call MedBen

Several clients have brought to our attention recent attempts by non-MedBen-affiliated brokers to generate business through the use of scare tactics. Specifically, they are using the looming threat of the “Cadillac” tax and other Affordable Care Act… more »

10/20/15

  10:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

ACA Marketplace Enrollments Stall As Co-ops Drop Out

Many people covered under the health insurance marketplaces will find themselves with fewer plan options in 2016, as nearly a third of health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act have closed or are closing soon. According to The… more »

10/16/15

  10:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 330 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

2015 Transitional Reinsurance Reports Due

November means autumn leaves, turkey, football – and of course, Transitional Reinsurance (TR) reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). During November, self-funded plan sponsors must provide their TR report to CMS and, in turn,… more »

10/14/15

  08:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 308 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings

Pharmacy Costs Rising, But Smart Strategies Can Save Money

The rising price of prescription drugs is a frequently-covered topic in the media, but recent events have shown the spotlight that much brighter. Even so, comparatively little has been written about when patients can do to keep their medication costs in… more »

10/12/15

  10:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: Wellness

For Breast Cancer Awareness, Think Pink

This month, you may notice a lot of people are wearing pink and showing support for those affected by breast cancer. As the second leading cause of cancer death in women, it’s easy to understand why it gets so much publicity. The good news? Survival… more »

10/09/15

  10:59:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

If Repeal Fails, Exempting CDHPs From Cadillac Tax May Provide Compromise

Even though the idea of repealing the "Cadillac" Tax has increasing support from Republicans and Democrats alike, the resulting budget shortfall means that President Obama would probably veto even a bipartisan bill. With that in mind, Bill Sweetnam of… more »

10/08/15

  05:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cancer

Cancer Doctors Less Inclined To Prescribe High-cost, Low-effect Drugs

Oncologists are becoming increasingly resistant about prescribing expensive last-resort cancer drugs that provide little or no benefits, Reuters reports. In interviews, top cancer specialists say at least a half-dozen drugs, including colon cancer… more »

10/07/15

  03:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Final ACA Employer Mandate Reporting Forms Available Online

The IRS has released the finalized versions of the forms that employers can use to comply with Affordable Care Act rules. Under the employer mandate, businesses must certify the coverage offered to their employees. Form 1094-B -- Transmittal of… more »

10/02/15

  10:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Heart

MedBen ICD Placement Reviews Save Clients Millions

The federal government is currently challenging hospitals regarding excessive and inappropriate use of implantable cardiac devices (ICDs)... the same excessive and inappropriate use MedBen has been catching for years. According to Modern Healthcare,… more »

10/01/15

  11:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Provider Networks, Heart

ICD-10 Code Switchover Today; MedBen Ready To Roll

Today the day when providers begin using the new ICD-10 medical coding system. The rollout comes after multiple deadline extensions -- but all along, MedBen has been preparing for the changeover and is ready to handle the new codes. The new system… more »