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Archives for: January 2016

01/29/16

  09:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 365 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Client Services

MedBen University Schedule for Spring 2016

The 2016 season of MedBen University will soon be in session! For the 15th straight year, MedBen will be offering a variety of events that provide attendees with information they can use to be smarter consumers of health care. If you’ve never had the… more »

01/27/16

  10:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 529 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

Data Transparency Leads to Success in Bundled Payments, Harden Says at Conference

"Data transparency will help drive success in the new world of value-based and bundled payments." That's the message MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden shared with hospital, health system, and provider group representatives at the 2nd Annual Bundled… more »

01/26/16

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Online Services

Simple Online Test Can Determine Diabetes Risk

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in association with the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association, has launched a campaign to raise awareness about prediabetes, a serious health condition that affects more than one… more »

01/25/16

  05:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Freeman, Harden Interviewed for Newark Advocate

The January 23 edition of the Newark Advocate features an interview with Medben Chairman & CEO Doug Freeman and President & COO Kurt Harden. Speaking to reporter Kent Mallett, Freeman and Harden discuss changes to the health benefits management… more »

01/22/16

  05:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

MedBen-sponsored Fun Run Sets New Donation Record

For the third consecutive year, MedBen was pleased to serve as a premier sponsor for the Granville Turkey Trot (GTT). The 5K fun run/walk, held on November 26, 2015, raised $110,000 for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County – $10,000 more than the… more »

01/21/16

  06:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 335 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Hospitals

End-of-Life Care More Costly in U.S., but Hospital Stays Lower

A new study of end-of-life practices in the United States and other industrialized nations suggests that while American doctors are more aggressive in their treatment of terminally ill cancer patients, most patients do spend their final days in places… more »

01/20/16

  03:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and we did not want to miss this opportunity to remind women ages 21 and older how important it is to get a Pap test every three years, in addition to other wellness exams and screenings. It is estimated that… more »

01/19/16

  07:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 355 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Wellness Exam More than Just Disease Detection

Every few months, it seems another article comes out that questions the value of the annual wellness exam. At MedBen, we're convinced of their usefulness – and for reasons that go beyond early detection of chronic conditions. In the latest contribution… more »

01/15/16

  11:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 370 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Marketplace Enrollments Up, But Not All News Good

The latest open enrollment period for individuals who wish to enroll in the federal health insurance marketplace ends on January 31. According to federal officials, over 11 million people have enrolled, surpassing last year's mark as well as the 10.5… more »

01/14/16

  08:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 575 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cancer

Task Force Raises Recommended Mammography Age; MedBen Continues with Current Recommendations

There’s a good deal of disagreement in the medical community of late about the proper age for women to start getting mammograms… but MedBen remains committed to long-established guidelines. On January 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force… more »

01/11/16

  10:44:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 346 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Employers More Invested in Wellness Incentives

"In it to win it"... it's a phrase frequently uttered by everyone from pro athletes to reality show contestants. And increasingly, the same philosophy applies to employers that offer wellness programs as well. According to BenefitsPro, a recent survey… more »

01/08/16

  10:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 304 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

President Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal ACA

It's official: The president has shot down an attempt to scrap the Affordable Care Act. To the surprise of absolutely no one, President Obama today vetoed a bill to repeal the health care reform law, saying that it "would reverse the significant… more »

01/07/16

  10:37:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

MedBen Analytics Bundled Payment Webinars Offer Final Rule Analysis, Practical Advice

Last month, MedBen Analytics offered several bundled payment webinars to hospital administrators whose facilities will soon take part in a mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program. The presentation from December 17 is now… more »

01/06/16

  09:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

Affordable Coverage Threshold for ALEs Higher in 2016

A reminder for the 2016 plan year: The threshold for Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) -- that is, those with 50 or more full-time employees -- to determine whether or not the contributions they charge their employees for health coverage is affordable… more »

01/05/16

  09:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 252 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

While U.S. Drug Spending Jumps, MedBen Rx Controls Costs

Government numbers indicate that prescription drug spending in the U.S. will likely continue to spike in the coming years... but MedBen is helping its clients to buck the trend. According to a recent analysis by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… more »