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05/11/12

  12:57:53 pm, by MedBen5   , 167 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Middle-Age Fitness Reduces Health Costs In Later Life

It comes as no surprise that most people incur higher medical costs in their senior years. But new research suggests a potential way to bring those expenses down by over one-third. According to HealthDay News, a Dallas, Texas-based study of more than… more »
  12:12:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Will Health Insurance Exchanges Get Rebranded?

As we note the latest health care reform news on this blog, we often use the phrase “health insurance exchange” to describe a government-run place where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase health care plans. Little did… more »
  10:58:12 am, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

FDA Panels Recommend HIV, Weight Loss Drugs; Agency Offers MS Treatment Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is all over the news today: An FDA advisory panel has recommended approval of the drug Truvada to prevent the spread of HIV infection in high-risk, healthy people, WebMD reports. The Antiviral Drugs Advisory… more »

05/09/12

  11:37:00 am, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Lengthy Drives May Harm Commuter's Health

Lengthy commutes can do more than drive up your gas budget – it may raise your weight as well, according to a new study. ABC News reports that people who drive long distances to work tend to be more overweight than non-commuters. In reviewing the… more »
  09:44:22 am, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Big Companies Testing Value-Based Rx Copays

Some larger employers are experimenting with a different take on pharmaceutical benefits – one that pays for drugs based on their potential to prevent higher medical costs in the future. An NPR story says that the approach, known as value-based… more »

05/08/12

  09:46:57 am, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Over 40% Of U.S. Will Be Obese By 2030, Study Estimates

Some dire predictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Not only will the number of overweight Americans continue to grow, the proportion considered “severely obese” will be more than double the current rate by 2030. The… more »

05/07/12

  05:30:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Private Sector Health Care Reform Predictions

A recent Associated Press article says that if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, employers and insurance companies will drive future health care reform law. And should that scenario come to pass, experts expect that:… more »
  04:53:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Some Hospitals Encourage Induced Deliveries, Watchdog Group Claims

A rising number of early induced deliveries is affecting employer health care costs, Employee Benefit News reports. While there is a definite need for some babies to be induced before full term (40 weeks gestation) because of medical reasons, a recent… more »

05/04/12

  11:10:32 am, by MedBen5   , 162 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Drug Shortages Still High, But Numbers Are Improving

The number of scarce drugs is still higher than anyone would like, but the situation has definitely improved since last year. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 42 new shortages have been reported so far this year, compared to 90 in the same… more »
  10:48:26 am, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

If ObamaCare Falls, Ball's In GOP's Court

The Supreme Court may have already decided the fate of the Affordable Care Act – and to the surprise of many, there’s a halfway decent chance that the entire law could be thrown out. Which would suit many Republicans in Congress just fine.… more »
  10:06:33 am, by MedBen5   , 171 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Want To Live Longer? Start Jogging, Study Says

Jogging regularly can improve your life expectancy, a new long-term study suggests. According to HealthDay, Danish researchers compared the mortality of joggers and non-joggers who took part in the population study of 20,000 people aged 20 to 93 that… more »

05/03/12

  04:49:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Incentives, Communication Vital To MedBen Clients' Wellness Successes

In 2007, MedBen launched a Worksite Wellness with a simple idea – detect and treat health risks as early as possible. Five years later, employers who have put the plan in place are seeing real results. At last week’s Wellness Conference,… more »
  12:43:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Medicare Fraud Sweep Results In 107 Arrests

One positive outcome of the health care reform law that’s hard to dispute: a heightened effort to crack down on Medicare fraud. Last year, the federal government recovered a record $4.1 billion in fraudulent health care payments. And yesterday,… more »
  11:50:19 am, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

High Acidity In Energy Drinks Can Permanently Damage Teeth

The high acidity levels in sports and energy drinks can erode tooth enamel, according to a recent study published in the journal General Dentistry. Teenagers, many of who consume such drinks on a daily basis, are in particular danger of doing… more »

05/02/12

  05:17:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Clients Achieve Healthier Workplace With Wellness Focus

In 2007, MedBen launched a Worksite Wellness with a simple idea – detect and treat health risks as early as possible. Five years later, employers who have put the plan in place are seeing real results. At last week’s Wellness Conference,… more »
  05:05:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 215 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Sleep Habits Can Genetically Influence Weight, Study Says

It’s universally accepted that proper diet and exercise can help people stay in shape. Also benefical in keeping off the pounds – an extra hour or two sleep each day. And a new study suggests that slumber habits can actually modify genetic… more »

05/01/12

  01:33:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Care Spending Reveals A Positive Trend

As this chart from The New York Times shows, health care spending has slowed dramatically over the past ten years. So what’s responsible for this trend? Certainly, the recession has played a major role, as many people have reduced the frequency… more »
  12:44:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Court Decision Could Give Health Exchanges Headaches

One of the weightier questions that would arise if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate: What becomes of state health exchanges? Should the justices find the requirement that most Americans buy insurance to be unconstitutional, the… more »

04/30/12

  05:09:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 135 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Releases HSA Inflation Adjustments For 2013

On Friday, the IRS released the cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2013. The HSA contribution limits and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) out-of-pocket maximums will both increase. The HDHP minimum… more »
  04:55:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

The "Other" Costs Of Obesity

As we noted here a few weeks ago, the nationwide obesity epidemic adds almost $190 billion a year to U.S. medical costs – acounting for over 20% of total U.S. health spending. But as Sharon Begley of Reuters details, medical expenses tell only one… more »

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