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07/13/18

  05:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Reporting, Heart, Diabetes, Hypertension

Wellness Exams Promote Prevention… and Exercise

If you get in half-hour cardio workouts five times per week, consider yourself a member of an exclusive group... unfortunately. Because according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than a quarter of U.S. adults get… 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 »

MedBen Closed On July 4th, but MedBen Access Stays Open

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 5. Hopefully your day off is all about cookouts with friends & family and community… more »

06/30/18

  09:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Incentives, Research

A Little Wellness Incentive Goes a Long Way

National figures indicate high chronic condition costs and low wellness compliance. This comes as no surprise to MedBen, knowing that there is a direct connection between untreated (or even undetected) diseases and increased health care costs. But a… more »

06/17/18

Harden CEO Promotion Spotlighted in Columbus Business First

In a new Columbus Business First article, reporter Carrie Ghose interviewed MedBen President Kurt Harden and Executive Chairman Doug Freeman about Harden's recent promotion to CEO as well as the company's recent activities and future plans. Freeman… more »
  07:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension

High Blood Pressure Raises Patient Bills, Study Says

Americans with high blood pressure may pay nearly $2,000 more on medical fees this year than those without the condition… a problem that could be alleviated through a focus on preventive care. According to a 12-year study, adults with hypertension can… more »

06/02/18

  04:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Reporting, Cancer, Heart, Diabetes, Preventive care, Population health management

Chronic Conditions Major Drivers of Health Care Costs

In designing the MedBen WellLiving program, we focused on the prevention of chronic conditions that impact the quality of employees' lives as well as their cost to employers. A recent survey emphasizes how these conditions can financially impact the… more »

05/30/18

  03:29:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 347 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Asthma on the Rise

The number of people with asthma continues to rise. In 2001, nearly 20 million people had asthma, and now, this condition, which causes chronic inflammation of the lung airways and makes it hard to breathe (much like pinching a straw and trying to… more »

05/20/18

  07:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care, Women's Health, Mental Health

Woman’s Health Week Promotes Physical, Mental Well-Being

In May, we observeNational Women's Health Week – a reminder to women of all ages to take the time to focus on their personal well-being, both physical and mental. One key to better physical health is getting an annual wellness exam from your family… more »

05/08/18

MedBen Turns 80 Today

May 8 marks MedBen’s 80th Anniversary. Originally Hospital Service Association (HSA) of Licking County, we started out with two employees and a goal to provide employers and individuals with affordable health care coverage. And while our numbers have… more »

05/03/18

  10:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Questioned

The advantages of prostate cancer screening have been debated since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised against the testing for most men in 2012 – and consequences of that advice may be surfacing. In a Medscape commentary, Dr.… more »

05/01/18

  03:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes

Diagnosing Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to use the energy found in food. The American Diabetes Association reports that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. Shockingly, nearly 7.2 million Americans don’t even know that they have… more »

04/22/18

  09:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research

Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Health Problems, Early Mortality, Study Finds

Sure, work is important and sometimes burning the midnight oil is necessary for getting projects done on time. But making a habit of late nights and less sleep can have long-term health consequences, new research suggests. The study of over 400,000… more »

04/08/18

  09:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Walk it Out!

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, per week. That number may seem high, but don’t fret: AHA goes on to say that even short 10-minute activity… more »
  09:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Preventive care, Primary care

Primary Care Best Bet for Back Pain Treatment

We frequently note the critical role primary care physicians (PCPs) play in preventing and detecting chronic conditions As the name infers, a PCP also serves as the "go to" source for treating many common ailments, including one of the most pervasive… more »

03/29/18

  10:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer

Cervical Screenings for Women

The American Cancer Society projects that in 2018, about 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed. The good news is that death rates from cervical cancer have dropped significantly with the increased use of the Pap test. Pap tests… more »

03/25/18

  07:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Reversing Diabetes Growth Takes Focused Wellness Effort

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources paint a grim picture of the growing prevalence of diabetes, as well as its attendant physical effects: More than 29 million Americans are diabetic. Approximately 19… more »

03/11/18

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 336 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Third party administration

While Federal Government Wavers, MedBen Helps You Control Costs

In a recent Modern Healthcare editorial, writer Merrill Goozner poses the question, "Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?" With the individual mandate dead, the Independent Payment Advisory Board shuttered, and Congress in no apparently hurry… more »
  10:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 318 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Colorful Food, Colorful Life

Birthdays… we love them when we’re younger, then slowly start to dread them as the numbers get higher and higher. As we age, so does our body and our organs – so it’s important to keep them in great condition as the years pass. To do that, people are… more »

02/25/18

  06:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Flu Shot Still Worth It? Absolutely

The current flu season has been one of the worst in recent memory, and this year's flu vaccine has offered less help than usual. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the vaccine is only about 25% effective against H3N2,… more »

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