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04/15/19

  09:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Research, Primary care

ER Visits Up, but Non-Emergency Usage Down

Emergency room visits rose to an all-time high of 145.6 million in 2016, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the percentage of ER patients who needed regular care fell from 5.5% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2016… more »

04/07/19

  02:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 175 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Reporting

MedBen Introduces Enhanced Reporting Platform

To give employers the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, MedBen has partnered with Deerwalk, Inc. to provide an upgraded data analytics and reporting platform. The strong reporting that MedBen clients come to expect is now even stronger.… more »

04/03/19

  04:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Self-funding, Affordable Care Act

Future of Affordable Care Act? Cloudy

There's been a whirlwind of news lately regarding the fate of Affordable Care Act (ACA), but for self-funded employers, it adds up to business as usual… at least for the moment. On March 25, the Justice Department informed the 5th Circuit Court of… more »

03/23/19

  11:05:00 am, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Transparency, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedBen Rx, Rebates

Rx Spending Hikes Call for Smart Solutions

In just four years, U.S. retail prescription drug spending grew nearly 27%... a substantial increase that illustrates the need for pharmacy solutions like those available through MedBen Rx. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that annual… more »

03/22/19

  02:37:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Online Services, Flexible spending accounts (FSAs), Debit cards

Buying Online with Your MedBen FSA Debit Card

Recent news that online retailer Amazon now allows consumers to use their flexible savings account (FSA) funds to buy medical items serves as a timely opportunity to remind FSA members that MedBen debit cards can be used to make online purchases in… more »

03/21/19

  01:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO

Successful ISO Audit Confirms MedBen Commitment to Quality

An ongoing commitment to ISO 9001 quality standards requires putting yourself to the test... which is why every six months, MedBen does just that. During our most recent audit on March 14, independent auditor SAI Global reviewed the measures that we’re… more »

03/10/19

MedBen Tops Central Ohio Businesses List

Once again, MedBen has topped the list of Largest Central Ohio Employee Benefits Companies as ranked by Columbus Business First in their February 15, 2019 issue. "While we have clients all across the country, our roots are firmly planted in Central… more »

02/24/19

  11:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Client Services, MedBen University

MedBen University in Session Soon!

No ivy-covered buildings, no caps and gowns... just useful information to help you get the most value out of your health care plan. That's MedBen University (MBU), soon to begin its 18th season. Our educational seminar series offers practical guidance… more »

02/10/19

  11:14:00 am, by MedBen5   , 305 words,  
Categories: News, Pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedBen Rx

Biggest? Nope. Best? That’s the Goal.

High-profile health care companies continue to buy each other in an effort to be “biggest and best.” Meanwhile, MedBen continues to grow as it has for over 80 years... by providing clients with superior benefits management services. A quick recap:… more »

02/04/19

  05:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, MedBen Employees, Kurt Harden

MedBen President Harden Praises Coworkers, Clients, County in Profile

"I wake up every day excited about the work I get to do,” said MedBen President & CEO Kurt Harden in a new Newark (OH) Advocate article. “I get to work with incredible people on a daily basis, both employees of MedBen and clients of the company.”… more »

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 »

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