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Archives for: December 2016

12/30/16

  09:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Diabetes Tops List of U.S. Health Care Spending

The U.S. spends more on diabetes than any other medical condition, according to a new analysis that underscores the impact that a wellness-driven workplace can have on reducing health care costs. HealthDay reports that in 2013, Americans spent $101… more »

12/29/16

  03:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Third party administration, Self-funding

Self-funding Allows Employers to Flex Cost Saving Muscles

With health care spending expected to reach one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2025, it's more important than ever for businesses to have a greater degree of cost control with their health plan. Toward that goal, MedBen continues to help… more »

12/27/16

  03:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance, Employer Mandate

ACA Uncertainty Troubles Employers; MedBen Compliance Ready to Help

With all the talk these days about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it's little wonder that its uncertain future troubles many businesses. But as health care reform is potentially "re-reformed," the MedBen Compliance team will be… more »

12/22/16

  10:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: Compliance, ERISA

ERISA Electronic Distribution Summary Available from MedBen

Since its inception, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (or ERISA), as amended, has required employers and plan administrators to provide certain information and documentation to group health plan participants and beneficiaries. These… more »

12/21/16

  03:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 358 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Turkey, Muffins, and Pie – Oh My!

It’s easy to lose sight of a healthy diet… especially at this time of year. The average person consumes more than 3,000 calories on ONE Thanksgiving meal (and 7,000 total on Christmas Day) where the USDA recommends (depending on demographics)… more »

12/18/16

  11:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

Holiday Hours and Year-end Reminders

The MedBen team wishes you and yours a happy holiday season! Our home office will be open regular hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, with customer service available until 6:30 p.m. EST) on Friday, December 23. We will be closed on Monday, December 26… more »
  11:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: Ancillary benefits

Get Happy, Get Healthy

A sound body is critical to good health, but a sound mind can be no less important, suggests a study which analyzed how an optimistic outlook affects a person's physical well-being. Using what The New York Times describes as a "well-validated… more »

12/16/16

  08:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: Hospitals, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments, Value-based care

Value-based Care Will Thrive Regardless of ACA's Future

While the recent election has created much uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there's a strong likelihood that a number of its individual provisions will survive in one form or another ‒ among them, the push to switch… more »

12/06/16

  08:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 289 words,  
Categories: Announcements

MedBen Employees Donate Gifts to Community Children

For the 17th consecutive year, MedBen is pleased to take part in the Families Helping Families program. Our employees have once again joined together to raise funds and purchase presents, to ensure that the less privileged children of Licking County… more »

12/02/16

  08:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Controlling Chronic Conditions Key to Healthier, Longer Lives

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 80, followed by cancer, stroke, and asthma, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. But there's good news, too ‒ between 2010 and 2014,… more »

12/01/16

  07:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Specialty Drug Growth Shows No Signs of Slowing

The increasing popularity of specialty drugs has brought new challenges to health plan management. However, MedBen has closely followed their growth, and works with clients to develop strategies that balance their medicinal advantages with realistic… more »