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Archives for: February 2016

02/26/16

  03:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 650 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Third party administration, MedBen University

First MBU of 2016 Highlights Health Care Reform

MedBen University (MBU) launched its 2016 series of benefits management seminars with a session that offered an extensive look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act. Entitled "Navigating the Health Care Reform Storm" and presented by MedBen… more »

02/24/16

  11:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Heart, Research

Growing Focus on Outpatient Care Saving Health Plans, Consumers Money

A new series of studies shows that employer health plans can save thousands of dollars by encouraging the use of outpatient facilities for certain medical treatments. Forbes reports. The studies examined four common medical procedures – hysterectomy,… more »

02/22/16

  11:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 323 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Heart, Third party administration

More Hospital Settlements as Justice Department Ends ICD Investigation

The U.S. Justice Department has made its final round of settlements with hospitals suspected of excessive use of implantable cardiac devices (ICDs) following a five-year study. Meanwhile, MedBen has been protecting clients from this expensive practice… more »

02/19/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Security, Privacy

MedBen Uses Multiple Means to Guard Against Cyberattacks

A hospital in Los Angeles made national headlines this week when, following a cyberattack that disabled the facility's computer devices for over a week, it paid a $17,000 ransom to regain system access. However unusual the circumstances may seem, the… more »

02/18/16

  06:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Despite ACA Alternatives, Employers Prefer to Offer Health Care Coverage

The introduction of state and federal insurance marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act has not deterred most U.S. employers from offering group health care coverage, Healthcare Dive reports. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey,… more »

02/15/16

  10:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Third party administration

MedBen Tops Central Ohio TPA Employee Survey

A new Columbus Business First survey reveals that MedBen is Central Ohio's leading third-party administrator, as ranked by local TPA employees. With 147 TPA employees residing in Licking, Franklin and surrounding counties, MedBen employs over 100 more… more »

02/12/16

  09:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 339 words,  
Categories: Wellness

February: The “Heartiest” of Months

Being that heart disease and stroke are the nation’s numbers one and five causes of death, MedBen WellLiving encourages individuals to seek proper care for their hearts. This includes at least one yearly visit to your family physician for a wellness… more »

02/11/16

  10:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

As Providers Shift to Value-based Payments, MedBen Analytics Offers Actionable Insights

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is taking bold measures to move Medicare payments from the traditional model to alternatives based on the value of the services given. MedBen Analytics is currently working with providers nationwide to… more »

02/10/16

  05:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Urologists More Likely than Primary Care Doctors to Recommend PSA Testing

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined as a standard wellness screening in recent years... but the likelihood of a recommendation depends largely on whether your doctor is a primary or specialty care provider. In 2011, the U.S.… more »

02/05/16

  10:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Obama Administration Proposes Change to Cadillac Tax Threshold

In hopes of salvaging the Affordable Care Act's unpopular "Cadillac" tax, President Obama will propose tweaking it as part of the 2017 federal budget, using individual health insurance marketplace plans as a new yardstick. According to Business… more »

02/04/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

Drug Price Hikes Another Reason to Have a Smart Rx Strategy

High brand-name drug prices are a frequent topic of discussion, but in recent months, a different wrinkle on pharmacy pricing has joined the conversation: huge increases in individual drug costs. And its another reason that MedBen makes controlling drug… more »

02/02/16

  09:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Children's Health, Immunizations

Flu Shots for Babies Falling Short, Study Suggests

The percentage of U.S. babies that get flu shots has risen dramatically in the past decade... but the numbers still come in well short of expectations, according to a new study. HealthDay reports that almost 45% of babies aged 6 months to 23 months… more »