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06/30/16

Time Has Come for Commercial Bundled Payments, Fraker Says

The use of bundled payments in commercial settings can reduce costs and help self-funded plans rely less on networks, MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker commented during a webinar on June 23. "Plan sponsors are looking for lower cost… more »
  12:13:00 am, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals

Even Post-Reform, ER Visits in US Still High

Despite the hope that an influx of new insureds through the Affordable Care would reduce the rate of emergency room (ER) visits, new data indicates that patients still seek care there at disproportionately high numbers. It highlights the need to offer… more »

06/24/16

  11:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Survey: Rx Payments Based on Patient Outcomes Gaining Popularity

As medical costs continue to escalate, health plans are increasing exploring payment options that go beyond the traditional fee-for-service structure -- and the same may soon apply to prescription drugs. According to Stat, a recent survey reveals that… more »

06/23/16

  06:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

ACA Replacement Plan Would Cap Tax-free Employer Contributions

Some six years after the introduction of federal health care reform, House Republicans have formally unveiled a replacement for a repealed Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the plan slows the growth of… more »

06/20/16

  11:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Health Panel Reiterates Need for Colon Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently reiterated its recommendation that adults age 50 and over receive regular colon cancer screenings until at least age 75, but did not specify a preferred screening method. MedBen WellLiving promotes… more »

06/15/16

  09:09:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

HHS Conducting Minimum Value Survey of Employers

As part of an "employer verification study," the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently contacting employers to determine whether they are offering an "affordable/minimum value" plan to their employees. The Self-Insurance Institute… more »

06/10/16

  08:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Hand Sanitizers Reduce Cold, Flu Claims, Study Suggests

Sometimes, it's the simple things that can make a big difference. Case in point: A new study suggests that offices equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizers can reduce provider claims related to cold, flu, and other preventive illnesses by nearly… more »

06/07/16

  09:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Provider Networks

MedBen (and Employers) Not Catching Merger Fever

The health care industry has become merger-happy in recent months, but many employers want no part of it. Neither, for that matter, does MedBen. According to Modern Healthcare, "several surveys of Fortune 500 companies and other big employers reveal… more »

06/02/16

  05:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Preventive care

The Zika Virus: Causes and Prevention

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've likely heard and read stories about the Zika virus disease. While the virus has been known of since 1947, it had until recently remained largely confined to outbreaks in tropical Africa,… more »

06/01/16

  12:06:00 am, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Obesity is a Chronic Disease, Physician Group Says

The growing number of obese adults in America is sometimes referred to as an "epidemic," even though medical efforts to address the problem tend to be more isolated in nature than cooperative. Now a major physician group is encouraging doctors to work… more »

05/26/16

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Reporting, Cost savings

Health Plan Savings Strategy Requires Rx Focus

One risks sounding like a broken record (or a corrupted MP3 file), but it really is important to the long-term financial health of your pharmacy plan to stress the large and ever-widening gap between brand-name and generic drug costs. As drug costs… more »

05/24/16

  11:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Primary Prevention Push Helps Reduce Cancer Risk

It's no secret that cancer risk is closely linked to lifestyle choices. But the possibility that nearly half of cancer-related deaths may be due to bad habits is still a sobering thought, and a strong argument for encouraging healthier behavior in the… more »

05/20/16

  09:55:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 479 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Attention WellLiving Clients: EEOC Releases New Wellness Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released final rules regarding the use of incentives to promote participation in corporate wellness programs -- and if you offer MedBen WellLiving, you may need to make critical changes to your… more »

05/19/16

  08:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

Corn Completes Chamber Leadership Program

MedBen Director of Data Services Andrea Corn recently completed the Community Leadership of Licking County program, offered through the Licking County (OH) Chamber of Commerce. For completing the nine-month program, Andrea received a Certificate of… more »

05/13/16

  02:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 359 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

SBC Changes Affect Self-funded Plans

The federal agencies overseeing the Affordable Care Act have recently finalized changes to the existing Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template in order to improve the readability for consumers, and to expand the amount of information that the… more »

05/11/16

  05:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension

Knowing Blood Pressure History Can Be a Lifesaver

MedBen WellLiving emphasizes the importance of plan members establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with a primary care physician -- the logic being, the longer the doctor-patient relationship, the greater the odds that the doctor can… more »

05/03/16

  09:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Heart

Team MedBen Promotes Better Health at HeartChase Event

MedBen and other area businesses braved cool temperatures and looming rain clouds to promote heart health and have a few hours of fun at the inaugural Licking County (OH) HeartChase on Saturday, April 30. In addition to participating in the morning's… more »

05/02/16

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 145 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, IRS

Little Change to 2017 HSA Limits

On April 29, the IRS released its annual cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2017. Most of the amounts stay frozen in place from the previous year, with a small increase in single contributions being the… more »

04/29/16

  02:59:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 215 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Quality, ISO

ISO Certification Means Customer Satisfaction

MedBen continues to maintain high standards of quality, as proven by the most recent audit of our management system on April 6, 2016. Once again, an independent auditor recommended that our ISO 9001 Certification continues. In the Audit Report prepared… more »

04/25/16

  03:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Study Supports Mammograms for Women 40 and Up

A new study suggests that women turning 40 may benefit from annual mammograms, challenging other recent recommendations that women can wait until the age of 45 or 50 to begin screenings. Findings from the research were presented at the American Society… more »

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