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Archives for: March 2017

03/31/17

  10:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 442 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Revised SBC Template Required for Employer Plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that issuers and health plans provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), including a description of what the health plan covers and the cost sharing responsibility of the consumer, in order to help… more »

03/30/17

  08:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 222 words,  
Categories: News, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

Bundled Payment Rollouts Delayed Again

On March 21, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services delayed the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) as well as the implementation of cardiac bundled payment initiatives. This marks the second such postponement of… more »

03/29/17

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 360 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Snooze You Can Use

Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Adults who do not receive the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) recommended seven to nine hours of sleep make themselves susceptible to many negative health impacts. These include increased risk of heart… more »

03/26/17

Hospital Roundtable Features Expanded Benchmarking, Population Health Insights

The 15th Annual MedBen Hospital Roundtable, held at the C. Arthur Morrow Conference Center in Newark, Ohio on March 23, gave attendees the chance to review hospital health plan usage trends and compare their plan costs to those of other hospital groups.… more »
  10:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 440 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Compliance

AHCA Withdrawal Leave Lingering Questions about Health Care Reform's Future

On March 24, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) ‒ the vaunted replacement to Obamacare ‒ from the floor, lacking the votes to pass the bill. So what happens next? And what can employers do to let their voices… more »
  10:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Cost savings

Claim Surveillance Software Continues to Deliver Savings for Clients

MedBen takes no small measure of pride in its advanced claims surveillance system, and for good reason. In 2016, claims flagged by this system and reviewed by a team of medical specialists experienced an average cost reduction of 25%, after deductibles,… more »

03/24/17

  07:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Vision

Eye Exam Can Be a Window to Disease Detection

Poets and singers like to expound upon things we can see in other people's eyes... love, hurt, the world, and so on. To that list we may soon add "poor leg circulation." According to HealthDay News, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore… more »

03/12/17

Final Reminders for MedBen University Roundtables

Two MedBen University industry-specific roundtables are just days away... so if you've been thinking of attending, now is the time to register! On Thursday, March 23, MedBen will host the 15th Annual Hospital Roundtable, sponsored by ISU Stop-Loss.… more »

03/10/17

March 31st an Important Date for Many FSA/HRA Plan Members

A few reminders for MedBen clients who offer flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and/or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to their plan members: For most FSA and HRA plans that have a January effective date, March 31, 2017 is the final day of… more »

03/08/17

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 347 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

ACA Replacement Bill Omits Employer Health Plan Tax

One of the major surprises of the Republican replacement plan to the Affordable Care Act ‒ tentatively called the "American Health Care Act (AHCA)" ‒ is not what's in it, but what House members left out: A provision eliminating or capping… more »

03/07/17

  10:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments, Value-based care

CJR Claim Data Feeds Go Monthly

CMS recently announced that, beginning this month, they will switch from quarterly data feeds to monthly data feeds for CJR. For MedBen Analytics clients, this means the actionable reports they receive from our portal will be even more timely, allowing… more »