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12/30/18

A Note from Our Executive Chairman and President

To our customers, consultants, and brokers: Happy new year from MedBen! In 2018 we celebrated our 80th anniversary, which gave us a chance to reflect on our beginnings and growth as a health benefits manager. It's great to reminisce but we prefer to… more »
  03:36:00 am, by MedBen5   , 389 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Compliance, Regulatory

EEOC Instructed to Revise Wellness Incentive Safe Harbor Regulations

On December 20, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final regulations that remove from the EEOC’s final Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) wellness regulations the… more »

12/16/18

  11:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Play Santa for Local Children

There's no reason why Santa Claus should have to do all the heavy lifting... which is why MedBen is once again happy to lend St. Nick a helping hand! For 19 years in a row, MedBen is participating in the Families Helping Families program. Our employees… more »

12/02/18

  09:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Hospitals, Cost savings, Reference-based pricing, Medicare, Alternative plan design

New Medicare Pricing Tool Useful to RBP Plans

To improve medical cost transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Medical pricing tool for surgical procedures that will also benefit certain reference-based pricing (RBP) plans. The Procedure Price Lookup… more »

11/26/18

  03:57:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

FSA Contribution Maximum Gets Small Raise in 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the annual inflation adjustment for flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the 2019 tax year. As has been the case in previous years, contribution limits will see only modest increases or remain unchanged.… more »

11/18/18

  10:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Specialty Drugs, MedBen Rx

The Clear Solution to Rx Spending Trends

A New York Times article examines the dramatic rise in U.S. prescription drug costs over the past two decades. American drug spending was once on par with other wealthy countries, but between 1997 and 2007 our drug spending tripled... and took off again… more »

11/05/18

  11:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Dental, Research, Hypertension

Hypertension Study Highlights Usefulness of Good Dental Coverage

Lowering hypertension risk isn't simply a matter of exercise and diet... it also helps to practice good dental habits, a new study suggests. According to HealthDay, researchers reviewed medical and dental records of more than 3,600 people diagnosed… more »

10/21/18

  10:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Online Services, Security, Privacy, MedBen Employees

MedBen Information Systems VP McEntire Retiring

It is with sincere gratitude for her service, and more than a little sadness, that MedBen announces the retirement of Vice President of Information Systems Rose McEntire on October 31, 2018. (That day also happens to be her birthday, so... nicely timed,… more »

10/17/18

  08:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 286 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO, MedBen Employees

MedBen Successfully Completes Latest ISO 9001 Audit

"The recommendation from this audit is that your certification continues," reads the results of MedBen's most recent ISO 9001 audit by SAI Global on October 4. MedBen has successfully completed twice-yearly audits since it first achieved ISO 9001… more »

10/03/18

  04:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 428 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Employees Celebrate Silver Anniversaries

Recently, we recognized Anita Fouch, Director of Accounting Operations, on her 30th anniversary with MedBen. But she's not the only employee celebrating a noteworthy event, as three of our team members are marking their 25th year with us in 2018... and… more »

09/20/18

  07:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Fouch Among MedBen Employees Celebrating Benchmark Anniversaries

At an employee appreciation luncheon on September 14, MedBen employees who have reached noteworthy anniversaries were honored for their achievements... among them, Director of Accounting Operations Anita Fouch, who has served our clients for an… more »

08/12/18

  04:40:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

MedBen Celebrates 80 Years in 2018 Client Report

Keep an eye on your mailbox this week, because the 2018 MedBen Client Report is on its way! In this year's edition of our annual report, we mark a very special occasion: MedBen's 80th Anniversary. To celebrate this benchmark event, we've gone all the… more »

06/29/18

  09:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 435 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Self-funding

DOL Rule Expands Association Health Plan Access

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final regulations expanding the definition of “employer” under ERISA Section 3(5). This seemingly simple change to an existing federal regulatory definition paves the way for the creation… 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 »
  08:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Cost savings, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)

Government Talks about Rx Costs, But MedBen Already Has Solutions

During recent testimony to a Senate committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar floated the idea of eliminating the rebates that drug companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) use in price negotiations. As noted on Bloomberg.com, "PBMs… 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 »

06/03/18

  07:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Banking

New “Beneficial Ownership” Rule Requires Account Information

Recently, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a federal banking regulator, instituted a new federal rule which affects banks and other financial institutions. The “Beneficial Ownership” rule, which went in effect May 11, requires banks to… more »

05/31/18

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 265 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance, PCORI

Reminder: PCORI Filing and Fee Deadline Approaching

As in years past, all self-funded employer health plan sponsors are required to file and pay their Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee no later than July 31, 2018. All self-funded plan sponsors are required to pay a fee based on the… more »

05/20/18

  08:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Crain Completes Chamber Leadership Program

MedBen Director of Security, Infrastructure and Web Development Wendell Crain recently completed the Community Leadership of Licking County program, offered through the Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce. For completing the nine-month program,… more »
  07:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Heart, Preventive care, MedBen Employees

Team MedBen Runs and Jumps (and Zumbas) for Better Heart Health

MedBen joined other local businesses on the Newark (OH) Courthouse Square to engage in good-spirited competition while promoting better heart health at the 2018 Licking County HeartChase on Saturday, May 6. Created by the American Heart Association… more »

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