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Archives for: December 2015

12/31/15

  03:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 287 words,  
Categories: Announcements

A Note from Our Chairman

To our customers, consultants and brokers: Hard though it may be to believe, yet another year has seemingly flown by. And before we close the book on 2015, we wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Holiday season on behalf of the entire MedBen… more »

12/30/15

  04:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 300 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Cancer

Wellness, Not Drugs, Best Strategy for Cancer Prevention

Not that you really need another reason to preach the importance of timely cancer screenings and preventive care in general, but here's one anyway, via The New York Times: "Most people would agree that it would be better to prevent cancer, if we could,… more »

12/29/15

  07:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 430 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

IRS Extends Employer Health Coverage Reporting Deadline

IRS has Filing Requirement Previous Deadline Extended Deadline Sending 1095C forms to their Employees (if a large employer) or 1094B (if a self funded small employer) February 1, 2016 March 31,… more »

12/28/15

  08:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Study Recommends Revising Threshold for Prescribing Blood Pressure Meds

If you've been putting off getting your blood pressure under control because it's "not too high," new research suggests that you talk to your family doctor about medication options... particularly if you're at high risk for a heart attack or stroke.… more »

12/23/15

  09:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services, Client Services

Holiday Hours... and a Few Reminders

The staff of MedBen wishes you all the best for the holiday season and the new year! MedBen will close at Noon on Thursday, December 24, remain closed on Christmas Day, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28. For the New Year’s holiday, we will… more »

12/21/15

  10:55:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Cost savings, IRS

Cadillac Tax Delayed Until 2020

As was widely expected, on December 18 President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 -- an omnibus spending and tax package that included in its amendments a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA's) "Cadillac"… more »

12/17/15

  10:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings

Holiday Reminder: Wellness Compliance Knows No Season

As the year winds down, thoughts of personal wellness sometimes take a back seat to holiday parties and other seasonal indulgences. But wellness is important regardless of what the calendar says, and not only for health considerations... depending on… more »

12/15/15

  10:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

Employers Take Measures to Reduce Specialty Drug Spending

Employer are increasingly looking to control pharmacy plan costs by limiting their responsibility for specialty drugs, finds a new Towers Watson survey. “Although pharmacy represents approximately 20% of employer-sponsored medical benefits costs, it is… more »

12/11/15

  10:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Two-Year Reprieve for Employers on the Cadillac Tax?

If the growing chorus in Congress gets its way, the Cadillac tax on high-end insurance plans, currently scheduled for take effect in 2018, could be pushed back to at least 2020. Earlier this week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady… more »

12/10/15

  05:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

ACA Reporting Workshop Videos Available On MedBen TPA YouTube Page

A collection of videos from MedBen's recent Affordable Care Act Reporting Workshop is now available on the MedBen TPA YouTube page. The videos offer in-depth information about complying with IRS reporting requirements as well as line-by-line advice on… more »

12/08/15

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 405 words,  
Categories: News, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

MedBen Analytics Co-hosts Bundled Payment Webinar

Kurt Harden, President and COO of MedBen Analytics, and Kimberly Hartsfield, Vice President of GE Healthcare Camden Group, shared presenting duties during a bundled payment webinar on Thursday, December 3. A video of the presentation is available at the… more »

12/04/15

  10:37:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 336 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Protect Yourself This Flu Season

With the cold and bitter air driving people indoors comes the cold and bitter flu season. Characterized by a high fever, runny nose, and total body aches that could last for weeks, the flu is a dangerous illness that affects up to 20% of the U.S.… more »

12/02/15

  10:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

2016 Formularies Now Available on MedBen.com

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at MedBen.com – simply click on “Plan Sponsors” (for employers) or “Plan Members” (for insureds) and select “Prescription Formularies” from… more »