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03/08/17

  10:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 347 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

ACA Replacement Bill Omits Employer Health Plan Tax

One of the major surprises of the Republican replacement plan to the Affordable Care Act ‒ tentatively called the "American Health Care Act (AHCA)" ‒ is not what's in it, but what House members left out: A provision eliminating or capping… more »

03/07/17

  10:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments, Value-based care

CJR Claim Data Feeds Go Monthly

CMS recently announced that, beginning this month, they will switch from quarterly data feeds to monthly data feeds for CJR. For MedBen Analytics clients, this means the actionable reports they receive from our portal will be even more timely, allowing… more »

02/26/17

  09:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 313 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, Compliance

Capping Tax-Deductible Employer Health Coverage a Bad Idea, Says Fraker

Earlier this month, House Republican leaders released an outline of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The outline doesn't indicate how the plan would be paid for, but one frequently cited GOP funding suggestion ‒ capping the tax… more »
  09:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

New Physician Guidelines Advise Drug-Free Remedies for Back Pain

A leading physician group advises that people with back pain postpone a doctor's visit until they've tried non-medicinal remedies, Forbes reports. The new guidelines by the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend avoiding pills and using other… more »

02/12/17

  11:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research

Health Care Costs Top Consumer Concerns... and MedBen's, Too

Even with issues like national security and immigration grabbing the headlines these days, health care costs still rank high on the list of American concerns, a new survey suggests. Likewise, finding ways to control client health care costs continually… more »

02/09/17

  08:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 288 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

MedBen President Harden Shares Thoughts on Obamacare's Future

MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden was one of several local business representatives recently interviewed by Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer McDonald for the Chamber's 2017 Economic Forecast video. During the discussion, he… more »

01/26/17

  03:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 322 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Business Group Leaders Weigh in on ACA's Future

With new President Donald Trump and Congress already taking steps to possibly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the future of health care reform is very much a question mark... and employers are understandably concerned about what will happen next.… more »

01/20/17

  10:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: News, Security, Privacy

Cyberattacks Show No Signs of Stopping, So MedBen Remains Vigilant

As we've seen in the headlines repeatedly these days, even high-level government agencies are vulnerable to cyberattacks. For MedBen, it serves as a continual reminder that there is no comfort level when it comes to security ‒ rather, an effective… more »

01/15/17

  11:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Client Services, MedBen University

MedBen University Starts 2017 Season with Industry Roundtables

Now going into our 16th year, MedBen University (MBU) continues to offer free educational seminars across the Midwest. Our team of benefits management professionals covers a variety of subjects, from cost-saving strategies to regulatory updates. This… more »

01/05/17

  10:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Compliance

Federal Judge Halts a Portion of the ACA’s Section 1557 Regulations

Over the past few months, MedBen has provided information to our clients about the ramifications and compliance requirements of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA's) Section 1557 regulations, which prohibits employers and organizations (covered entities)… more »

11/22/16

  04:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Dental, Heart, Research

Dental Checkups Go Much Deeper than Healthy Teeth

Is there anything a dental checkup can't do? In addition to ensuring the continued health of your teeth (and often getting a free toothbrush in the bargain), dentist visits may even help to keep your lungs clean. HealthDay News reports that a new… more »

11/21/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

IRS Extends ACA 1095 Employer Reporting Deadline

On Friday, November 18, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2016-70, effectively extending the due date for furnishing IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals offered and/or covered under employer-provided health plans. The extended… more »

11/18/16

  09:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Section 1557 Discrimination Summary Available for Download

Earlier this year, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,… more »

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 »

11/04/16

  04:54:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO

MedBen Maintains High ISO Standards, Latest Audit Says

MedBen continues to maintain high standards of quality, says the latest independent audit of the company's ISO 9001 compliance. According to the auditing firm SAI Global, MedBen's management system, which was put in place to ensure process consistency… 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 »

10/31/16

  06:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 141 words,  
Categories: News, Consumer-driven Health Plans, IRS

IRS Announces 2017 FSA Contribution Maximums

Following lengthy speculation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has at last formally announced the annual inflation adjustment for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the 2017 tax year. The 2017 dollar limitation on voluntary employee… more »

10/28/16

  05:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Reporting

MedBen Reporting Partner Rebrands, Promises Even Better Analytic Solutions

Verisk Health, the company that MedBen has partnered with to provide clients with detailed reporting services, recently rebranded to Verscend Technologies (Verscend). But while their name is different, the company's commitment to analytic solutions… more »

10/23/16

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

With MedBen, Drug Rebates Skip the "Middleman"

The ongoing issue of high prescription drug costs have led to media scrutiny, congressional hearings, and charges of price-gouging. MedBen prefers to remain above the fray, and instead focus on ensuring that our clients pay as little as possible for… more »

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