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Archives for: March 2016

03/30/16

  11:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Bad Health Habits and Heart Attacks Skewing Younger, Study Finds

A new study provides yet another good reason for promoting wellness in the workplace: A disturbing trend in bad health habits. According to Health Essentials, researchers reviewed nearly 4,000 Cleveland Clinic patients who were treated for the most… more »

03/28/16

  10:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

MedBen "ACA by the Numbers" Summary Available for Download

The Affordable Care Act recently celebrated the 6th anniversary of its passage. In the ensuing years, we've been subjected to a myriad of new regulations, amendments, clarifications and delays... not to mention, assorted taxes, fees and potential… more »

03/25/16

  01:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen University

2015 Trend for MedBen Hospital Clients Less Than 3%

At the 14th Annual MedBen Hospital Roundtable on March 24, Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus revealed in 2015, total medical and pharmacy costs for the company's hospital block increased only 2.8% from 2014. This continues a five-year… more »

03/24/16

  02:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Compliance Date for SBC Changes Pushed Back

A recent U.S. Department of Labor notice gives employers until the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after April 1, 2017 to comply with upcoming regulatory changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) which they must distribute… more »

03/23/16

  03:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 116 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Incentives, Cost savings

Employee Wellness Incentives Help Lower Costs

Participation in a wellness program can help a plan and its members in multiple ways. So when a MedBen client expressed concern about the number of employees taking part in it in their program, it was decided to take a different approach. We introduced… more »

03/22/16

  05:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 131 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

MedBen Rx Once Again Beats National Spending Trends

U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 5.2% in 2015, according to Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). But as is the case year after year, MedBen has bucked the national numbers, with an average trend of just 2.5%. As… more »

03/18/16

  09:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 306 words,  
Categories: Wellness

The Balancing Act: Proportional Nutrients

Just like getting your annual wellness exam, getting your body the right nourishment is also an important factor in overall health. In fact, Medical News Today states that “anything that lives is dependent on energy, which results from the combustion of… more »

03/17/16

  05:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Study: Middle Class Will Bear Brunt of Cadillac Tax

A new study suggests that middle-class families will be hardest hit by the Affordable Care Act's unpopular "Cadillac" tax. Investors Business Daily reports the study indicates that the excise tax -- ostensively meant to discourage benefit-rich health… more »

03/15/16

  09:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 102 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

New CDC Guidelines Stress Painkillers as Last Resort

New national standards released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the prescribing of painkillers only after other therapies have failed, reports STAT. The CDC also suggests that if opioids must be prescribed, short-term… more »

03/11/16

  08:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: Announcements

Clinical Claim Reviews Save MedBen Clients $4.4 Million in 2015

MedBen’s industry-leading clinical claim review process saved clients $4.4 million in 2015, using board-certified physicians to identify and eliminate unnecessary procedures and abusive practices, and opportunistic billing practices. MedBen is one of… more »

03/10/16

  11:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Spousal Coverage Surcharges Gaining Steam with Employers

A money-saving strategy that MedBen has encouraged for years appears to be catching on in a big way. A new survey shows that the number of employers that discourage spousal coverage will likely more than double in the next two years. Business Insurance… more »

03/07/16

  11:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, Heart

MedBen Sponsors AHA HeartChase Fundraiser

MedBen is pleased to serve as a local sponsor of the 2016 Licking County (OH) HeartChase. Created by the American Heart Association (AHA), HeartChase is a community game that offers a healthy competition while raising funds to help fight heart disease.… more »

03/03/16

  07:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Provider Networks

HealthSpan Network Sold; MedBen Will Help Clients with Benefit Solutions

This week MedBen was informed of the sale of HealthSpan, which many of our clients use as a network in Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. The company has agreed to sell its business to Medical Mutual of Ohio and will cease… more »

03/02/16

  08:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

HHS Raises 2017 Out-of-Pocket Plan Maximums

Important news for employers looking ahead to 2017 benefit planning: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has raised the maximum out-of-pocket amount that health care plans can require plan members to pay next year, based on final… more »