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Archives for: January 2018

01/31/18

  02:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Announcements, MedBen Employees, Social media

MedBen Gets “Social”… on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

For years, MedBen has posted regularly on Twitter, providing updates and information about our services, as well as links to articles of interest to our clients and self-funded employers in general. And now, we are expanding our social media presence… more »

01/28/18

  11:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 341 words,  
Categories: American Health Care Act

MedBen University Season Rolls out with Roundtables

MedBen University (MBU) will soon be in session! Our educational seminar series will offer attendees actionable information on a range of health benefits management topics, from utilization trends to new cost-reducing benefit solutions. MBU will kick… more »
  11:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: American Health Care Act

Treatment Advances, Regular Screenings Reduce Breast Cancer Mortality

A focus on preventive care and breakthroughs in screening and treatment reduced breast cancer deaths by 49% in 2012, compared with a 37 percent reduction in 2000, a new study finds. "Advances in screening and treatment are saving lives," said lead… more »

01/25/18

  06:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Delayed Again . . . Cadillac Tax Postponed Until 2022

While things have been relatively quiet on the Affordable Care Act front, in recent weeks employers were starting to wonder if they needed to implement strategies to manage costs under the controversial Cadillac Tax which was set to become effective in… more »

01/14/18

  05:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 187 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Cost savings, Third party administration, Claims management

MedBen Claims Surveillance Continues to Save Clients Money

MedBen's claims surveillance system, which screens and selects claims for specialist review, saved clients, on average, an additional 38% per selected claim in 2017... savings produced after network discounts are applied, but before claims are paid.… more »
  05:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 345 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Compliance

Judge Vacates EEOC Wellness Program Rules

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Ben Franklin’s words ring true for those still struggling with the EEOC’s workplace wellness incentive rules. The EEOC’s May 2016 final rules outline how employers are permitted to offer wellness… more »

01/12/18

  02:55:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: Dental, Research, Preventive care

Benefits of Dental Care Go Well Beyond Clean Teeth

Dental checkups do much more than giving your teeth a good cleaning. Through twice-yearly exams, a dentist can monitor the condition of the teeth and gums to spot subtle changes that may need attention. But that's only the half of it. Research shows… more »

01/10/18

  06:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, MedBen Employees

MedBen Takes an "Encompassing" Approach to Employee Health

MedBen is taking its company wellness efforts to another level, offering employees tips and tools for living a better life, while earning them extra vacation time in the process. In 2017, MedBen introduced "enCompass," a complement to our internal… more »

01/08/18

  08:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 348 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Diabetes, Preventive care

Crushing Goals and Excess Weight

More than 50% of Americans make a resolution each year, yet only 8% are successful at achieving them. Among the top resolutions made each year are getting organized, saving money, and – at the top of the list – weight loss. By a happy coincidence,… more »

01/03/18

  08:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, IRS

IRS Extends 1095 Form Distribution Period

Happy New Year from the IRS! On December 27, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service gave employers sponsoring health plans a New Year’s gift. Again this year, the IRS has offered plan sponsors a 30-day automatic extension for the distribution of both 2017… more »

01/01/18

A Note from Our Chairman and President

To our customers, consultants, and brokers: Welcome to 2018! For MedBen, the coming year carries a special significance, as we will celebrate our 80th anniversary in May. As with any benchmark anniversary, it gives us a chance to look back at how we’ve… more »
  10:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 377 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings

The “Cost Plus” Approach to Rx Benefits

A recent New York Times story identifies a fundamental problem in the pricing of medicines in our health care system today: It is difficult to determine what “cost” is for a medicine. What a given pharmacy actually pays to stock a medicine in the… more »