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07/27/17

  03:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 261 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Compliance

When Using Wellness Technology, Follow the Rules

FitBits and other wearable fitness trackers are popular incentives for worksite wellness programs, but employers need to exercise caution about how data from these devices is used, according to new rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… more »

07/24/17

  08:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: Wellness

The Sunny Side of Vitamin D

Ahh – sweet summertime. The warmth, outdoor activities, sunshine and… vitamins? That’s right! The sun is a great source of vitamin D. Just thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back, without sunscreen, at least twice a week should give… more »

07/16/17

  09:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Preventive care

"Physician First" Wellness Takes a Long-Term View

A common excuse for not getting an annual wellness exam: "I feel fine, so why waste my time and money seeing a doctor?" But by taking this narrow view of regular check-ups, many people fail to understand that their benefits go well beyond current health… more »

06/30/17

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes, Preventive care

Diabetes, WellLiving and "An Ounce of Prevention"

With nearly 10 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, it's imperative that the individuals take the proper steps to control the disease if they have it, and prevent it if they don't. By introducing MedBen WellLiving to a group health care program,… more »

06/20/17

  05:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 382 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Preventive care

Cholesterol: The Waxy Substance that Blocks Arteries

Imagine pouring candle wax into a straw, letting it dry, and then trying to drink from that straw. Depending on how much candle wax you used, you’d probably agree that you’d be lucky to get a drop of liquid from your cup to your mouth, if any at all.… more »

06/16/17

  08:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Reporting, Cost savings, Hypertension, Population health management

MedBen WellLiving Clients See Lower 3-Year Cost Trend

By promoting employee wellness, MedBen WellLiving clients are realizing significantly lower health care costs. From 2014 to 2016, employers that integrated WellLiving into their health care package experienced just a 1.6% trend, compared to 8.5% trend… more »

06/02/17

  10:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, Cost savings, Third party administration, Self-funding

MedBen Cost Trend Remains Low... Especially for WellLiving Clients

Through effective claims management and intelligent plan design, cost trend for MedBen clients in 2016 was only 3.9%. And from 2012 to 2016, client cost trend averaged just 3.5% over the five-year period. But there's more to the story. MedBen clients… more »

05/24/17

  04:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 345 words,  
Categories: Wellness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health does not receive nearly the publicity that it should compared to other elements of wellness. Even though one in five Americans suffer from mental illness, and over a million mental health screenings were completed online at Mental Health… more »

05/01/17

  07:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Cost savings, MedBen University, Municipalities

MedBen Municipality Group Costs Rose Just 1% in 2016

Municipality groups administered by MedBen are seeing only minimal cost growth, according to an analysis of industry-specific benchmarks at the 11th Annual MedBen Municipality Roundtable on March 30. In presentations to attending clients, MedBen… more »

04/25/17

  10:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 326 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Welcome Back, Allergies

According to the Centers for Disease Control, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.… more »

04/20/17

  09:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Research

Prescription Adherence Crucial to Better Population Health

The New York Times reports that approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10% of hospitalizations can be attributed to lack of prescription adherence. From a financial perspective, negligence costs the American health care system between $100 billion… more »

04/18/17

  03:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Task Force, Doctors Weigh in on Screening Start Dates

Two cancer screening-related items recently made the news, both of which address the question of when (or if) such tests are appropriate: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has walked back from its 2012 position that most men should… more »

04/14/17

MedBen Helps Clients Controls High Claimant Costs

High cost claimants are among the leading contributors to health care spending, topping even medical inflation, pharmaceuticals and specific diseases. A study from the American Health Policy Institute and Leavitt Partners found that claimants who cost… more »

04/07/17

  10:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen University

MedBen Hospital Block Costs Rose Just 4.8% in 2016

At the 15th Annual MedBen Hospital Roundtable, MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden and Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus shared with attendees a wealth of information about their medical and pharmacy plans, including how their costs… more »

04/05/17

  05:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Preventive care

Primary Care Critical to Population Health Management

The importance of primary care physicians to improved population health goes well beyond "simple office visits," says Asaf Bitton, an internist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, to The Daily Briefing:… more »

03/29/17

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 360 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Snooze You Can Use

Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Adults who do not receive the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) recommended seven to nine hours of sleep make themselves susceptible to many negative health impacts. These include increased risk of heart… more »

03/24/17

  07:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Vision

Eye Exam Can Be a Window to Disease Detection

Poets and singers like to expound upon things we can see in other people's eyes... love, hurt, the world, and so on. To that list we may soon add "poor leg circulation." According to HealthDay News, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore… more »

02/26/17

  09:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

New Physician Guidelines Advise Drug-Free Remedies for Back Pain

A leading physician group advises that people with back pain postpone a doctor's visit until they've tried non-medicinal remedies, Forbes reports. The new guidelines by the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend avoiding pills and using other… more »

02/23/17

  03:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Ancillary benefits

Heart Disease Costs Expected to Double by 2035

Heart disease continues to amass physical and financial costs nationwide... a difficult situation that could be greatly alleviated through a collective focus on wellness. A new American Heart Association report estimates that heart disease-related… more »

02/22/17

  04:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 353 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart

Stay Heart Strong

Responsible for pumping more than 2,000 gallons of blood a day throughout the 60,000 miles of blood vessels within your body, the heart requires itself to be in tip-top shape. However, some may not realize the negative impact that every day activities… more »

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