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Archives for: July 2017

07/30/17

  09:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, Research

Working Together, MedBen and Employers Consistently Beat Rx Trends

Keeping prescription drug plan costs in check is one of the greatest challenges for self-funded employers nowadays... but year after year, MedBen is helping clients beat pharmacy cost trends. From 2014 to 2016, MedBen clients experienced average… more »

07/28/17

  08:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 367 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Obamacare Lives. So Now What?

In the early morning hours of July 28, the Senate narrowly voted down a so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare... and in doing so, sealed the probability that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future.… more »

07/27/17

  03:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 261 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Compliance

When Using Wellness Technology, Follow the Rules

FitBits and other wearable fitness trackers are popular incentives for worksite wellness programs, but employers need to exercise caution about how data from these devices is used, according to new rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… more »

07/25/17

  04:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: Client Services

Before Helping Clients, MedBen GSRs Get Educated

Your MedBen group service representatives (GSRs) know your plan, your employee population, and your health care goals. But GSRs don’t become experts in serving clients and consultants overnight – it requires the right people getting the proper training.… more »

07/24/17

  08:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: Wellness

The Sunny Side of Vitamin D

Ahh – sweet summertime. The warmth, outdoor activities, sunshine and… vitamins? That’s right! The sun is a great source of vitamin D. Just thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back, without sunscreen, at least twice a week should give… more »

07/21/17

  05:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 327 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Reminder: PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

As in years past, it's time for all self-funded employer health plan sponsors to file and pay the required Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee. While hope continues that payment of this fee may be suspended as part of the current… more »

07/16/17

  10:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 331 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, ISO

Following Successful Audit, MedBen Recommended for ISO Recertification

MedBen has successfully completed its latest re-assessment audit of its ISO 9001 procedures and has been recommended for recertification, according to the company’s Chairman and CEO Doug Freeman. In its written recommendation, auditors from SAI Global… more »
  09:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Preventive care

"Physician First" Wellness Takes a Long-Term View

A common excuse for not getting an annual wellness exam: "I feel fine, so why waste my time and money seeing a doctor?" But by taking this narrow view of regular check-ups, many people fail to understand that their benefits go well beyond current health… more »

07/14/17

  03:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings

For Real Rx Savings, Generics (and MedBen) Deliver

When promoting pharmacy plans, third party administrators sometimes play up their brand-name drug discounts... conveniently overlooking the fact that most doctors prescribe generic medications when available. That's why MedBen focuses on the real… more »

07/05/17

  04:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 180 words,  
Categories: MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments, Value-based care

Data Insight Key to Bundled Payment Efficiency, Say Harden at Summit

"If the data is there, we can rebuild it," said MedBen President & COO Kurt Harden at the Seventh National Bundled Payment Summit in Arlington, Virginia on June 27. Speaking on the topic of how health systems and hospitals can make bundled payments… more »

07/02/17

  10:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 223 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Online Services

We're Closed July 4, but MedBen Access Stays Open 24/7

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5. Hopefully, you'll spend your holiday relaxing with family and friends... but if you should… more »