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10/07/16

  04:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Colon Cancer: What's Your Gut Telling You?

Colonoscopies are critical to the early detection and treatment of colon cancer, but they're not the only thing that can help you spot the disease. You also have to pay attention to signals from your digestive system, researchers warn. "The old saying… more »

09/21/16

  10:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Immunizations

Flu Shots Closer to Flu Season a Better Bet

Not too long ago, it seemed that most people got their flu shot at just about the same time every year. But now that many pharmacies offer walk-in vaccinations ‒ with one major chain even going so far as to offer shopping discounts with your shot… more »

09/15/16

  09:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 372 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Hypertension

Fruit for Thought

Although they may not cure mental health diseases, certain foods have been shown to help improve and protect the brain and its functions. A study from the journal Neurological showed that adding servings of fruit to your diet (1–2 cups daily depending… more »

09/11/16

  07:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Cost savings, Research

Regular Exercise Can Save You Money

Here's a good reason to promote the value of exercise to your employees: It could save them $2,500 a year. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an analysis of 26,239 men and women found that just 30… more »

09/02/16

  04:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Heart, Research

MedBen WellLiving Helps Detect Chronic Diseases Earlier

Heart disease and cancer rank as the number one and two causes of death in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two diseases are trending in opposite directions ‒ but in both cases,… more »

08/28/16

  11:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Dropping, but Concerns Remain

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against routine screenings of prostate cancer has resulted in fewer diagnoses for the disease, new research finds. But the question remains as to whether more men will ultimately develop… more »

08/22/16

  07:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Bundled Payments, Research

Employers Take Lead with Value-Based Benefit Designs

As more hospitals gravitate away from traditional fee-for-service to alternative payments methods, self-funded groups are making changes to their health care plans to capitalize on the potential savings. According to an analysis by the National Business… more »

08/16/16

  07:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 378 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Cardio Does the Body Good

Let’s do some math. Subtract your age from the number 220 (the answer is your maximum heart rate). Now multiply that number by 0.6. Got it? Repeat the steps, only this time, multiply by 0.8. You now know your targeted pulse range when performing… more »

08/09/16

  10:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 234 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Cancer, Cost savings, Heart, Research, Diabetes

Physical Inactivity in U.S. Running up a Hefty Price Tag

Sitting on the sofa all day may be relaxing, but it's costing our country a lot of money. According to Benefits Pro, a new study finds that physical inactivity costs the U.S. $27.8 billion annually, an amount researchers label a conservative estimate.… more »

08/08/16

  10:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Ancillary benefits

MedBen Controls High Claimant Costs through Claims Management, Early Detection

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 »

07/26/16

  10:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive care

Healthy Lifestyles Can Prevent 90% of Strokes

It should come as little surprise that a proven wellness program like MedBen WellLiving can help to reduce the risk of serious health conditions. But a new study shows just how much an impact regular preventive care can make. According to HealthDay… more »

07/21/16

  04:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Preventive care, Ancillary benefits, Vision

Good Vision Coverage More Than Just an "Add-on"

Vision care is typically described as an ancillary benefit, but its advantages make it more than just an add-on. MedBen VisionPlus offers a great complement to your group medical and pharmacy coverage. HealthDay News reports that, according to a new… more »

07/12/16

  09:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive care

Chronic Conditions Seldom Stop at Just One

Chronic health conditions are often closely linked -- that is, one existing condition contributes to the development of another. It's a major reason that MedBen WellLiving places such a great emphasis on the ongoing doctor-patient relationship. For… more »

07/08/16

  05:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care, Compliance

ACA Preventive Care Compliance Doesn't Stop with New Recommendations

Recently, we discussed here how MedBen helps to keep self-funded, non-grandfathered plans compliant with new preventive care requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, it's not enough to just monitor new recommendations — we also… more »

07/05/16

  04:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 377 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Wellness

Soda’s Cold, Hard Process

Drinking soda has no nutritional benefits for our bodies, but we already knew that. It isn’t the healthiest choice, nor does it provide much hydration. The taste is generally why Americans consume more than 44 gallons per person per year. So what really… more »

07/01/16

  07:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Wellness, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services, Client Services

MedBen Closed On July 4th, but MedBen Access Open 24/7

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

06/20/16

  11:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Health Panel Reiterates Need for Colon Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently reiterated its recommendation that adults age 50 and over receive regular colon cancer screenings until at least age 75, but did not specify a preferred screening method. MedBen WellLiving promotes… more »

06/10/16

  08:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Hand Sanitizers Reduce Cold, Flu Claims, Study Suggests

Sometimes, it's the simple things that can make a big difference. Case in point: A new study suggests that offices equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizers can reduce provider claims related to cold, flu, and other preventive illnesses by nearly… more »

06/08/16

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart

Women's Heart Disease Risk Requires a Physician Ally

Heart disease is too often thought of as a condition that affects men more than women. But women are equally at risk... and as such, are equally well-served by developing a professional relationship with a primary care physician. The connection between… more »

06/03/16

  11:08:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 341 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Excessive Sitting Linked to Major Health Risks

So, you love your job, but it requires you to sit for 7-8 hours per day. What can you do? It’s not unordinary, especially in a workplace, to sit for long periods of time. As we do, we find our bodies losing muscle mass, and gaining the opposite… fatty… more »

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