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Archives for: October 2017

10/31/17

  08:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO

MedBen Continues to Maintain ISO Standards, Latest Audit Finds

MedBen continues to maintain ISO 9001 standards, according to a recent audit of the company's management system by independent auditor SAI Global. Following an onsite audit on October 4th of various internal functions and processes, the auditor… more »

10/27/17

  07:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

IRS Bumps Up Health FSA Contribution Maximum

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the annual inflation adjustment for flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the 2018 tax year. As has been the case in previous years, contribution limits will see only modest increases or remain unchanged.… more »

10/22/17

  08:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Reporting, Cost savings

Claims-Based Wellness Approach Pays Healthy Dividends

“Just the facts.” It worked for Sgt. Joe Friday, and it works for wellness, too. Unlike traditional wellness programs that require employees to complete imprecise and unreliable health risk assessments, MedBen WellLiving takes a claims-based approach.… more »
  08:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: Privacy, MedBen Employees, HIPAA

MedBen HIPAA Training Stresses Proper Use of PHI

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the privacy of client PHI (protected health information), all MedBen employees recently attended HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) refresher training, with sessions led by Vice President of… more »

10/20/17

  08:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Transparency, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)

Pharmacy Benefit Transparency? Nothing New for MedBen Clients

Pharmacy benefit transparency has been given a national spotlight with Anthem’s well-publicized allegations that Express Scripts overcharged them for prescription drugs (creating, in Anthem's words, an “obscene profit windfall”). In the latest… more »
  03:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Reporting, Cancer, Cost savings

Specialty Drug Projection: $25 Billion Annually

According to a recent Mercer survey (as reported by Reuters), over the next five years, between 40 to 50 new specialty drugs will be launched on the market each year. These could increase costs by $25 billion annually. (No, that’s not a typo… $25… more »

10/18/17

  09:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 596 words,  
Categories: Announcements, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Celebrate Silver Anniversaries (Part Two)

On this blog, MedBen has been honoring employees who are observing benchmark anniversaries with the company in 2017 – among them, three marking their 30th anniversaries and eight celebrating 25 years. In this latter group, we earlier highlighted four… more »

10/17/17

  04:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 377 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care

Here’s Your Sign: Breast Cancer Screening

What do 12.4%, 22% and 100% all have in common? Breast cancer. 12.4% of women born in the United States will develop breast cancer. That’s nearly 1 in 8 women who will find that the disease, in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breasts… more »

10/08/17

  08:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

Issue 2 Offers Uncertainty for Sponsors of Prescription Drug Plans

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act, better known as Issue 2, has sparked plenty of debate (and earned TV stations a lot of money in ad time). If approved, the initiative would enable the state to buy prescription drugs for Medicaid and state retirement… more »
  08:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 569 words,  
Categories: Announcements, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Celebrate Silver Anniversaries (Part One)

Recently, we recognized three MedBen employees who in 2017 are marking 30 years with MedBen... a noteworthy achievement, to be certain. But no less impressive is that eight of our employees are this year celebrating their 25th anniversaries with us, and… more »

10/06/17

  10:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 154 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform

HHS Revises ACA Contraception Mandate

The Trump administration announced on October 6 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate will be scaled back to allow exemptions for employers that claim a religious or moral objection to covering birth control, The Washington Post… more »

10/05/17

  05:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, Preventive care

In Praise of Primary Care

At KevinMD.com, family physician Glen R. Stream reminds us that this week is National Primary Care Week (just in case you somehow forgot), and the critical role that these doctors play: "A wealth of research continues to show that primary care not only… more »