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Archives for: October 2018

10/30/18

Proposed Regulations Would Again Allow Stand-Alone HRAs

On October 23, the Department of Labor (DOL), Treasury Department and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed regulations which will expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) by employers. If approved as written,… more »

10/23/18

  05:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 366 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care, Women's Health

Mammography 101

As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s a timely opportunity to remind women about the importance of getting a mammogram... and for those who have never been tested for breast cancer, to offer a brief explanation of what a mammogram… more »

10/21/18

  10:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Online Services, Security, Privacy, MedBen Employees

MedBen Information Systems VP McEntire Retiring

It is with sincere gratitude for her service, and more than a little sadness, that MedBen announces the retirement of Vice President of Information Systems Rose McEntire on October 31, 2018. (That day also happens to be her birthday, so... nicely timed,… more »
  08:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: Discounts, Online Services, Cost savings, Transparency, Legislation, MedBen Rx, Rebates

MedBen Rx Solutions Put Transparency Up Front

Drug pricing transparency is currently a hot government topic: On October 10, President Trump signed two bills designed to end the drug industry's "gag order" of pharmacists, which prevent them from discussing cheaper price options with consumers.… more »

10/18/18

  08:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 374 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Care Reform, IRS

MedBen Ready to Assist Clients with IRS ACA Reporting

It is hard to believe, but we've already entered the final quarter of 2018. If you're a self-funded employer, that means it is time to start thinking about and planning for a critical health care reform mandate: Providing the IRS with an accurate… more »

10/17/18

  08:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 286 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO, MedBen Employees

MedBen Successfully Completes Latest ISO 9001 Audit

"The recommendation from this audit is that your certification continues," reads the results of MedBen's most recent ISO 9001 audit by SAI Global on October 4. MedBen has successfully completed twice-yearly audits since it first achieved ISO 9001… more »

10/16/18

  10:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Best Diabetes Treatment? Prevention

New research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 14% of U.S. adults have diabetes… and of that percentage, 4% don't know they have the disease. An aging population factors into the number, but the rise in obesity and… more »

10/07/18

  09:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 348 words,  
Categories: Cost savings, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedBen Rx, MedBen Rx Advocate, MedBen Rx Alliance

MedBen Fights Back Against PBM Spread Pricing

Spread is a little-discussed aspect of prescription drug pricing, but its impact on pharmacy plan costs can be huge… and it’s why MedBen has responded with new pharmacy programs designed to remove spread from the cost equation altogether. Simply… more »
  09:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Immunizations, Influenza

“Why Do I Need a Flu Shot?”

In 2017, over 80,000 died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S., and 900,000 were hospitalized. Yet less than half of Americans get flu shots every year... some because they don't think they need it, others who say the vaccine doesn't work (or just… more »

10/04/18

  05:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Stop-loss, Reporting, Cost savings, Self-funding

Strong Economy Adds to Self-Funding Appeal

A strong economy and low unemployment contributed to an increase in employers offering health coverage in 2017, finds a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The increase halted a decade-long trend in which some companies dropped their… more »

10/03/18

  04:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 428 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Celebrate Silver Anniversaries

Recently, we recognized Anita Fouch, Director of Accounting Operations, on her 30th anniversary with MedBen. But she's not the only employee celebrating a noteworthy event, as three of our team members are marking their 25th year with us in 2018... and… more »