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Archives for: June 2016

06/30/16

Time Has Come for Commercial Bundled Payments, Fraker Says

The use of bundled payments in commercial settings can reduce costs and help self-funded plans rely less on networks, MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker commented during a webinar on June 23. "Plan sponsors are looking for lower cost… more »
  12:13:00 am, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals

Even Post-Reform, ER Visits in US Still High

Despite the hope that an influx of new insureds through the Affordable Care would reduce the rate of emergency room (ER) visits, new data indicates that patients still seek care there at disproportionately high numbers. It highlights the need to offer… more »

06/24/16

  11:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Survey: Rx Payments Based on Patient Outcomes Gaining Popularity

As medical costs continue to escalate, health plans are increasing exploring payment options that go beyond the traditional fee-for-service structure -- and the same may soon apply to prescription drugs. According to Stat, a recent survey reveals that… more »

06/23/16

  06:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

ACA Replacement Plan Would Cap Tax-free Employer Contributions

Some six years after the introduction of federal health care reform, House Republicans have formally unveiled a replacement for a repealed Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the plan slows the growth of… more »

06/20/16

  11:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Health Panel Reiterates Need for Colon Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently reiterated its recommendation that adults age 50 and over receive regular colon cancer screenings until at least age 75, but did not specify a preferred screening method. MedBen WellLiving promotes… more »

06/15/16

  09:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

HHS Conducting Minimum Value Survey of Employers

As part of an "employer verification study," the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently contacting employers to determine whether they are offering an "affordable/minimum value" plan to their employees. The Self-Insurance Institute… more »

06/13/16

  10:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: Reporting, Hospitals, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

MedBen Analytics Converts Data to Insight, Harden Says at Bundled Payment Summit

MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden was among the presenters at the Sixth National Bundled Payment Summit in Washington, DC on June 9. Speaking at the event's Innovation Showcase, Harden discussed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) bundled… more »

06/10/16

  08:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Hand Sanitizers Reduce Cold, Flu Claims, Study Suggests

Sometimes, it's the simple things that can make a big difference. Case in point: A new study suggests that offices equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizers can reduce provider claims related to cold, flu, and other preventive illnesses by nearly… more »

06/08/16

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart

Women's Heart Disease Risk Requires a Physician Ally

Heart disease is too often thought of as a condition that affects men more than women. But women are equally at risk... and as such, are equally well-served by developing a professional relationship with a primary care physician. The connection between… more »

06/07/16

  09:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Provider Networks

MedBen (and Employers) Not Catching Merger Fever

The health care industry has become merger-happy in recent months, but many employers want no part of it. Neither, for that matter, does MedBen. According to Modern Healthcare, "several surveys of Fortune 500 companies and other big employers reveal… more »

06/03/16

  11:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 341 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Excessive Sitting Linked to Major Health Risks

So, you love your job, but it requires you to sit for 7-8 hours per day. What can you do? It’s not unordinary, especially in a workplace, to sit for long periods of time. As we do, we find our bodies losing muscle mass, and gaining the opposite… fatty… more »

06/02/16

  05:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Preventive care

The Zika Virus: Causes and Prevention

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've likely heard and read stories about the Zika virus disease. While the virus has been known of since 1947, it had until recently remained largely confined to outbreaks in tropical Africa,… more »

06/01/16

  12:06:00 am, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Obesity is a Chronic Disease, Physician Group Says

The growing number of obese adults in America is sometimes referred to as an "epidemic," even though medical efforts to address the problem tend to be more isolated in nature than cooperative. Now a major physician group is encouraging doctors to work… more »