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09/16/15

  09:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Daily Aspirin May Benefit Those At Risk For Heart Disease, Colon Cancer

Older adults at high risk of heart disease could benefit from a daily aspirin, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In a newly-released draft report, the medical organization recommends that men and women between the ages of 50 and 69… more »

09/10/15

  11:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 303 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Cost savings

Drug Costs On Pace For Major Increases In 2016

From BenefitsPro: “A survey of 60 leading health care vendors conducted by Aon, a major human resources consulting firm, shows that the cost of prescription drugs is on pace to increase by 10 percent in the next year, up from the estimated 6.3 increase… more »

07/13/15

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

New Rules Aim To Address Religious Objections To Birth Control Mandate

Last week, the Obama administration released new rules in hopes of putting to rest a hot-button issue under health care reform -- the requirement that employers must provide free contraceptive coverage to female employees. Under this latest proposal,… more »

07/08/15

  08:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

More States Legislating Patient Costs For Specialty Drugs

An increasing number of states are placing ceiling on the amount that patients are required to pay for specialty drugs, Stateline reports: "At least seven states — Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York and Vermont — limit the… more »

07/03/15

MedBen Closed on July 3, But Online Services Always Available

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Friday, July 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. It's always our hope that during any holiday, health care claim matters are the last thing on… more »

06/16/15

  07:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 300 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Most Americans Say Drug Costs Too High, Drugmakers To Blame

Despite the fact that most people who take prescription drugs say can afford to purchase them, Americans overwhelmingly feel that the costs of such drugs are "unreasonable," a new poll finds. The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 74% of… more »

05/29/15

  03:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

PBM Calls For Change In Cancer Drug Payment Structure

The Wall Street Journal reports that pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts is seeking new payment deals with pharmaceutical companies for some cancer drugs based on their effectiveness. The common practice for PBMs is to pay the same per-unit rate… more »

05/25/15

  01:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closed On Memorial Day, But Online Services Open 24/7

The staff of MedBen want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day! Our home office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2012. During this time, please remember… more »

04/22/15

  02:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Cost savings

Pharmacy Cost Report Shows How "Middle Men" Can Save Money

Businesses often advertise that they "cut out the middle man and pass the savings on to you." And indeed, sometime that's an effective money-saving strategy. But not always. Case in point: A new report on cost management for Medicaid pharmacy benefits… more »

04/16/15

  03:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 274 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Nationwide Rx Spending Sees Largest Spike Since 2001

For the second time in as many months, a report shows that prescription drug spending spiked in 2014... due in large part to new specialty medicines. According to WebMD, the report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics finds that U.S. drug… more »

04/10/15

  10:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

Opioids Misused By 1 In 4 Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds

A recent study suggests that about one-quarter of chronic pain patients who are prescribed opioids use them improperly, Forbes reports. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain. 20-30% of opioids prescribed for chronic pain are… more »

03/30/15

  08:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Discounts, Cost savings

MedBen Self-funded Clients See Average 8% Rx Spending Drop In 2014

In 2014, MedBen self-funded clients experienced an overall average 8% decrease in pharmacy spending per member per month while most employers were experiencing 12% increases. Employers who worked with MedBen drove higher generic utilization by aligning… more »

03/12/15

  08:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 748 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Reporting, Cost savings

MedBen University Roundtables Offer Industry Insights, Timely Advice

At MedBen, we are dedicated to giving our clients the information they need to make smart benefits management decision, in part through a variety of education session through MedBen University (MBU). In addition to presentations on such topics as… more »

01/29/15

  06:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 500 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen University’s Back in Session for 2015!

The 2015 season of MedBen University will soon be in session! This promises to be one of the most extensive years for MBU ever, with a variety of events scheduled for the first half of 2015 alone. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a MBU, we… more »

01/06/15

  08:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 156 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription

2015 Drug Formularies Available At MedBen.com

Formulary updates for prescription plans administered by 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 Formularies” from… more »

12/29/14

  09:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 291 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Obama Administration's Drug Copay Investigation Only Targets Symptoms

Last week, the Obama administration announced that it would investigate complaints that some health insurance companies discriminate against people with costly chronic conditions by inflating the copays for specialty drugs, or eliminating certain… more »

12/22/14

  02:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

When We're Home For The Holidays, Take Advantage Of MedBen Online Services

Happy holidays from your friends at MedBen! Our home office will be closed on Christmas Day and Friday, December 26, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2014. We will close again on Thursday, January 1 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Friday,… more »

11/25/14

  09:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

MedBen's Closed On Thanksgiving, But Online Services Available

Happy Thanksgiving Day from the staff of MedBen! As we celebrate the holiday, our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. MedBen will reopen on Monday, December 1. Hopefully you will be too busy with family, food and… more »

10/21/14

  10:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Drug Company Payment Website Adds Simple Search Tool

As promised, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made a big improvement to its recently introduced Open Payments website. instead of wading through massive spreadsheets to research drug and medical-device maker payments to doctors, users… more »

10/02/14

  11:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 281 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Care Reform, Online Services

Open Payments Database Provides Glimpse Into Doctor - Drugmaker Relationships

Among the stated goals of the health care reform law was to bring greater transparency to health care costs -- the so-called "Sunshine Act". Toward that goal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services earlier this week rolled out the Open… more »

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