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04/21/19

MedBen Municipality Clients Saw Lower Claim Costs in 2018

"In 2018, per-employee net claim costs for our municipality block decreased 4.9% from 2017," announced MedBen Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at the 13th Annual Municipality Roundtable on April 11. This reduced cost factors both… more »

04/05/19

  03:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings

Overprescribing Drugs Raises Costs, Health Risks

The ongoing movement to reduce prescription drug spending focuses primarily on the cost factor. But as Shannon Brownlee and Judith Garber contend in a Stat opinion piece, overprescribing of drugs also carries financial and health risks. "Between 2000… more »

03/23/19

  11:05:00 am, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Transparency, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedBen Rx, Rebates

Rx Spending Hikes Call for Smart Solutions

In just four years, U.S. retail prescription drug spending grew nearly 27%... a substantial increase that illustrates the need for pharmacy solutions like those available through MedBen Rx. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that annual… more »

03/08/19

  01:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, MedBen Rx, MedBen Rx Advocate, MedBen Rx Alliance

All MedBen Clients Can Benefit from Rx Solutions

MedBen Rx offers every MedBen client a better way to provide and manage prescription benefits, regardless of their size or industry type. Our pharmacy solutions counter inflated prescription list prices with common-sense saving strategies.… more »

02/23/19

  03:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, Transparency, Specialty Drugs, MedBen Rx, Rebates

Government Fixes to Rx Prices a Slippery Slope

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial warns that government efforts to address prescription drug prices could produce undesirable consequences… and it's why MedBen Rx believes that market-driven solutions are the preferable method to reducing consumer… more »

01/27/19

  02:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, MedBen Rx

While Titans Battle Over Drug Costs, MedBen Rx Offers Solutions

A recent high-profile disagreement between Walmart and pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) CVS Caremark exemplifies the friction between pharmacies and PBMs about prescription pricing... and the power that PBMs possess to influence drug costs. MedBen Rx was… more »

01/13/19

  11:22:00 am, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Discounts, Cost savings, Research, MedBen Rx, Rebates

Fight Back Against New Year’s Drug Price Increases

New year, higher drug prices. According to The Wall Street Journal, a representative analysis of major pharmaceutical companies found that the prices of their brand name and generic drugs have risen by an average of 6.3% in 2019 – modest compared to… more »

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 »
  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 »

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 »

12/02/18

  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 »

11/18/18

  10:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Specialty Drugs, MedBen Rx

The Clear Solution to Rx Spending Trends

A New York Times article examines the dramatic rise in U.S. prescription drug costs over the past two decades. American drug spending was once on par with other wealthy countries, but between 1997 and 2007 our drug spending tripled... and took off again… more »

11/05/18

  11:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, MedBen Rx

Generic Drugs: Effective and Cost-Efficient

As the prescribing of generic drugs has become more commonplace, most consumers have come to see that these medications work just as well as their pricier band-name equivalents. Indeed, when a generic alternative is available, MedBen clients see a 98%… more »

09/23/18

  04:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 252 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Discounts, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedBen Rx Advocate

PBMs, PSAs, and Your Pharmacy Costs

To people outside the health care industry, the role of the pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) can be a bit unclear. Simply stated, PBMs act as intermediaries between insurers (or, in the case of self-funded plans, employers), drug companies, pharmacies,… more »

09/17/18

“New” Drug Pricing Tools? Not for MedBen

A Managed Healthcare Executive article spotlights "New Drug Pricing Tools Could Save Money" -- among them, a recently launched "real-time benefits tool" that shows out-of-pocket costs for medications based on a patient's plan benefits. Sound like a… more »

08/24/18

MedBen Rx: Lessons in Savings and Transparency

A recent Forbes.com headline refers to U.S. prescription drug pricing practices as "Lessons in Obfuscation." Unlike most products that have clearly defined prices, prescription drugs start with a list price set by the manufacturer, which is then… more »

08/12/18

  04:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Preventive care, Claims management, MedBen Rx, MedBen Rx Advocate, MedBen Rx Alliance

Million-Dollar Claims Continue to Rise, But MedBen Has Solutions

The Affordable Care Act's elimination of lifetime benefit maximums has led to a surge in million-dollar medical claims, with the number nearly doubling in the past four years. It’s one more reason why MedBen is dedicated to developing savings strategies… more »

07/29/18

  09:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, MedBen Rx Alliance

New Rx Alliance Program Uses Purchasing Power to Lower Drug Costs

MedBen recently introduced Rx Advocate, a unique pharmacy program that breaks from traditional plans by focusing on the average costs that pharmacies pay for prescription drugs, rather than using inflated wholesale prices. But Rx Advocate is just one of… more »

07/15/18

  11:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Online Services, Transparency, MedBen Rx, MedBen Rx Advocate

MedBen Rx, Truly Transparent

If you’re a client, you already know that 100% of all paid manufacturer rebates go back to our clients. But true Rx transparency also demands that consumers know what they're paying for their medications – and so we provide that, too. Simply by logging… more »

07/01/18

  03:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration, Preventive care, Compliance, Trend

Beating Cost Trend Difficult, But Not Impossible

"Healthcare costs increasing at unsustainable pace" a recent Modern Healthcare headline reads. In a new study, PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts a 6% medical cost trend in 2019, as expensive new medical services and drugs and market consolidation make it… more »

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