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Archives for: October 2016

10/31/16

  06:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 141 words,  
Categories: News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, IRS

IRS Announces 2017 FSA Contribution Maximums

Following lengthy speculation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has at last formally announced the annual inflation adjustment for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the 2017 tax year. The 2017 dollar limitation on voluntary employee… more »

10/28/16

  05:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Reporting

MedBen Reporting Partner Rebrands, Promises Even Better Analytic Solutions

Verisk Health, the company that MedBen has partnered with to provide clients with detailed reporting services, recently rebranded to Verscend Technologies (Verscend). But while their name is different, the company's commitment to analytic solutions… more »

10/25/16

  06:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 342 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Dental

What is Your Mouth Telling You?

The CDC states that more than 40% of adults have felt pain in their mouth in the last year. So, it’s easy to see why you should be brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly. But these tasks could do more than just keep teeth clean – they could also help… more »

10/23/16

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

With MedBen, Drug Rebates Skip the "Middleman"

The ongoing issue of high prescription drug costs have led to media scrutiny, congressional hearings, and charges of price-gouging. MedBen prefers to remain above the fray, and instead focus on ensuring that our clients pay as little as possible for… more »

10/19/16

  01:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care, Ancillary benefits

MedBen WellLiving a Strong Foundation for Healthy Habits

Unhealthy habits can be a vicious cycle, in that chronic conditions make people more susceptible to a heart attack, which in turn can serve to further exacerbate those conditions. But just like in sports, the best offense is a good defense ‒ in… more »

10/17/16

  01:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 324 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting, IRS

MedBen Ready to Help Clients Meet IRS Reporting Deadline

Hard though it may be to believe, we've already entered the final quarter of 2016. If you're a self-funded employer, that means it's time to get serious about preparing for a critical health care reform mandate: Providing the IRS with an accurate… more »

10/14/16

  01:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 76 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

Sherrill Morgan Named One of Ohio's Best Workplaces

Benefits consulting firm Sherrill Morgan, a company that MedBen has worked with for nearly two decades, was recently named by Ohio Business Magazine as among the "2016 Best Workplaces in Ohio." As one of the magazine's inaugural group of winners,… more »

10/12/16

  07:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 236 words,  
Categories: Research, Hypertension, Preventive care, Vision

Good Vision Coverage Promotes Proper Eye Care

Employees who have vision benefits tend to take better care of their eyes, a new analysis finds. It's another reason why group vision coverage through MedBen VisionPlus is an affordable way to promote employee health that goes beyond standard medical… more »

10/10/16

  07:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Cost Savings from Self-Funding? It's All about Control

A recent EBN opinion piece on self-funding makes the observation that "TPAs have no financial incentive to comprehensively review all [claim] payments." At MedBen, we believe just the opposite ‒ as a third party administrator, it is entirely in… more »

10/07/16

  04:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Colon Cancer: What's Your Gut Telling You?

Colonoscopies are critical to the early detection and treatment of colon cancer, but they're not the only thing that can help you spot the disease. You also have to pay attention to signals from your digestive system, researchers warn. "The old saying… more »

10/04/16

  06:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 272 words,  
Categories: Reporting, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

Clear Analytics Key to CJR Savings, Says Harden at Conference

"Keep analytics clear, simple, and interactive in order to deliver effective care transformation messages." That was the message Kurt Harden, President and Chief Operating Officer of MedBen Analytics, delivered to hospitals, health systems, and… more »