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11/11/16

  11:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

More Smaller Groups Making the Self-funded Switch

The shift from fully-insured group insurance to self-funded coverage continues, with more and more businesses realizing its savings potential. And not just large companies, either... as benefit managers like MedBen offer solutions to minimize risk, even… more »

11/03/16

  09:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 294 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

EEOC Wellness Rules Summary Available for Download

Back in May, MedBen highlighted new wellness rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the use of incentives to promote participation in corporate wellness programs. These rules, which go into effect on or after January 1,… more »

11/02/16

  02:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care

Controlling High Blood Pressure Benefits Mind and Body

When discussing hypertension, we tend to focus on its physical effects, such as its link to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But doctors warn that high blood pressure may affect your mental capacity as well. According to HealthDay News, a new… more »

10/25/16

  06:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 342 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Dental

What is Your Mouth Telling You?

The CDC states that more than 40% of adults have felt pain in their mouth in the last year. So, it’s easy to see why you should be brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly. But these tasks could do more than just keep teeth clean – they could also help… more »

10/19/16

  01:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care, Ancillary benefits

MedBen WellLiving a Strong Foundation for Healthy Habits

Unhealthy habits can be a vicious cycle, in that chronic conditions make people more susceptible to a heart attack, which in turn can serve to further exacerbate those conditions. But just like in sports, the best offense is a good defense ‒ in… more »

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 »

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