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Archives for: December 2018

12/30/18

A Note from Our Executive Chairman and President

To our customers, consultants, and brokers: Happy new year from MedBen! In 2018 we celebrated our 80th anniversary, which gave us a chance to reflect on our beginnings and growth as a health benefits manager. It's great to reminisce but we prefer to… more »
  05:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 195 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care, MedBen WellLiving

Study: Following Colonoscopy Guidelines Reduces Cancer Risk, Death

Newly released research suggests that timely colon cancer screenings offer long-term benefits. As reported by UPI, the study found that men and women whose first colonoscopy detected no evidence of cancer had a 46% lower risk of getting a cancer… more »
  03:46:00 am, by MedBen5   , 357 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Discounts, Cost savings, MedBen Rx, Rebates

AWP Smoke and Mirrors

Drug pricing can be a confusing business… and much of the confusion stems from a drug’s average wholesale price, or AWP. Simply defined, the AWP is the average price that a pharmacy or other retailer pays a wholesaler for a drug. But as straightforward… more »
  03:36:00 am, by MedBen5   , 389 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Compliance, Regulatory

EEOC Instructed to Revise Wellness Incentive Safe Harbor Regulations

On December 20, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final regulations that remove from the EEOC’s final Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) wellness regulations the… more »

12/28/18

  11:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 126 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Cost savings

2019 Formularies Now Available at MedBen.com

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by Ventegra and Pharmacy Data Management, Inc. (PDMI) are now available at MedBen.com – simply click on “Plan Sponsors” (for employers) or “Plan Members” (for insureds) and select “Prescription… more »

12/26/18

  07:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 366 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Germ Warfare: The Importance of Handwashing

For most of us, staying well isn’t complicated. Simple lifestyle choices can go a long way toward our better health... and one of the simplest, yet most important, things we can do is wash our hands frequently. And that goes double during the winter… more »

12/16/18

  11:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Play Santa for Local Children

There's no reason why Santa Claus should have to do all the heavy lifting... which is why MedBen is once again happy to lend St. Nick a helping hand! For 19 years in a row, MedBen is participating in the Families Helping Families program. Our employees… more »

Holiday Hours and Friendly Reminders

The staff of MedBen wishes you a very merry Christmas! MedBen will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Christmas Day, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 26. Remember that if you need assistance with your health plan when MedBen is… more »
  11:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes, Primary care, MedBen WellLiving

Holidays Pose Challenge for Managing Diabetes

Eating healthy during the holidays is hard enough for most people... but for individuals with diabetes, it can be even more difficult. The American Diabetes Association (via HealthDay) offers these tips: Focus on timing. If your meal will be later… more »

12/02/18

  09:29:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cholesterol

Cholesterol Guidelines Put Doctor-Patient Relationship First

New updated cholesterol guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association stress the importance of the doctor-patient relationship to effectively treat high cholesterol. Similarly, MedBen WellLiving promotes a "physician… more »
  09:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Hospitals, Cost savings, Reference-based pricing, Medicare, Alternative plan design

New Medicare Pricing Tool Useful to RBP Plans

To improve medical cost transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Medical pricing tool for surgical procedures that will also benefit certain reference-based pricing (RBP) plans. The Procedure Price Lookup… more »
  04:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Prescription, MedBen Rx, MedBen Rx Advocate, MedBen Rx Alliance, Generic Drugs, Brand-Name Drugs

MedBen Rx Tackles Brand-Name Increases

Modern Healthcare recently highlighted the growing disparity between brand-names and generics in relation to prescription drug spending. A new study finds that while total spending on generic drugs has declined, branded prescription drug spending… more »