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Archives for: May 2016

05/27/16

  07:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

MedBen Closed Memorial Day... Online Services Always Open!

The staff of MedBen want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day! Our home office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31. During this time, please remember that… more »

05/26/16

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Reporting, Cost savings

Health Plan Savings Strategy Requires Rx Focus

One risks sounding like a broken record (or a corrupted MP3 file), but it really is important to the long-term financial health of your pharmacy plan to stress the large and ever-widening gap between brand-name and generic drug costs. As drug costs… more »

05/25/16

  05:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 497 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care

MedBen Helps to Keep Your Preventive Care Benefits Compliant

With all the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations self-funded employers have to follow, it's easy to overlook regular updates to required preventive care. But MedBen keeps a close eye on the latest recommendations so you don't have to. Under the ACA,… more »

05/24/16

  11:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Primary Prevention Push Helps Reduce Cancer Risk

It's no secret that cancer risk is closely linked to lifestyle choices. But the possibility that nearly half of cancer-related deaths may be due to bad habits is still a sobering thought, and a strong argument for encouraging healthier behavior in the… more »

05/20/16

  09:55:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 479 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Attention WellLiving Clients: EEOC Releases New Wellness Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released final rules regarding the use of incentives to promote participation in corporate wellness programs -- and if you offer MedBen WellLiving, you may need to make critical changes to your… more »

05/19/16

  08:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

Corn Completes Chamber Leadership Program

MedBen Director of Data Services Andrea Corn recently completed the Community Leadership of Licking County program, offered through the Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce. For completing the nine-month program, Andrea received a Certificate of… more »

05/16/16

  08:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 316 words,  
Categories: Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

Bundled Payments Mean Higher Quality, Better Cost, Says Fraker

Bundled payments and other alternative payment methods already popular for Medicare claims will soon be used for commercial group health plans to save money while promoting quality care, says MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker in a… more »

05/13/16

  02:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 359 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

SBC Changes Affect Self-funded Plans

The federal agencies overseeing the Affordable Care Act have recently finalized changes to the existing Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template in order to improve the readability for consumers, and to expand the amount of information that the… more »

05/11/16

  05:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension

Knowing Blood Pressure History Can Be a Lifesaver

MedBen WellLiving emphasizes the importance of plan members establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with a primary care physician -- the logic being, the longer the doctor-patient relationship, the greater the odds that the doctor can… more »

05/10/16

  06:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, Research

Doc Talk, MedBen Access Help Cut Unneeded Spending on Brand-name Drugs

A new pharmaceutical study reveals a money-saving reason to promote the importance of an open doctor-patient communication to your health plan members, and encourage the use of the drug comparison feature on MedBen Access. Accrding to Stat, the study… more »

05/06/16

  07:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 312 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Stress: A $300 Billion Dollar Price Tag

MedBen WellLiving has always promoted developing a professional physician-patient relationship through annual wellness visits and recommended screenings. In addition, you should also seek visits with your physician when you have questions or concerns… more »

05/05/16

  04:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: Security, Privacy

MedBen Continues to Find Ways to Safeguard Your Data

At MedBen, we continually evaluate and make changes our its data security procedures. As the threats have grown, we have been proactive in finding ways to stop them. MedBen approaches security from three perspectives: external, internal and physical.… more »

05/03/16

  09:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Heart

Team MedBen Promotes Better Health at HeartChase Event

MedBen and other area businesses braved cool temperatures and looming rain clouds to promote heart health and have a few hours of fun at the inaugural Licking County (OH) HeartChase on Saturday, April 30. In addition to participating in the morning's… more »

05/02/16

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 145 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, IRS

Little Change to 2017 HSA Limits

On April 29, the IRS released its annual cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2017. Most of the amounts stay frozen in place from the previous year, with a small increase in single contributions being the… more »