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04/21/16

  11:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings, MedBen University

MedBen University Event Focuses on Cost Control Strategies

On April 21, MedBen concluded a multi-day Indiana trip with a MedBen University (MBU) event in Lawrenceburg. Entitled "Taking Charge of Your Health Care Costs" and cosponsored by Pinnacle Advisory Group, this free seminar touched on a variety of… more »

04/20/16

  08:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 184 words,  
Categories: News

MedBen Sales Team Talks Benefits Management at Evansville HR Conference

Members of the MedBen sales team continued their mini-tour of Indianapolis with a stop at the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association (EHRA) Spring Conference. Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus and Regional Sales Managers Brooke… more »

04/19/16

  10:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News

MedBen Meets with HR Professionals at Indy Chamber Expo

Members of the MedBen sales team were pleased to represent the company at the 52nd Annual Human Resources Conference and Expo on April 19. The event, presented by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and held this year in downtown Indianapolis, is the… more »
  04:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: News, Security, Privacy

Ransomware Presents Latest Challenge to Cybersecurity

Health care security concerns continue to capture the media's attention, as the term "ransomware" has quickly entered the vernacular. It's a growing problem that demands constant attention... which is why MedBen maintains a multi-pronged response to… more »

04/14/16

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Research

Metro Hospital Preference Runs Counter to Study's Cost-Quality Connection

A new study suggests that most Americans think that the paying more for medical care doesn't ensure higher quality... but the tendency of many patients to gravitate toward pricier metropolitan hospitals would suggest otherwise. That's why MedBen works… more »

04/13/16

  09:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Diabetes

Insulin Costs, Diabetic Numbers on the Upswing

More evidence that a focused worksite wellness program like MedBen WellLiving can promote better health and save your business money: According to a new analysis, the cost of insulin to control diabetes more than tripled over a decade. Stat reports… more »

04/05/16

  11:29:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

Major Price Increases for Leading U.S. Drugs Since 2011

Prices for four of the nation's top 10 drugs more than doubled from 2011 to 2014, according to a new Reuters analysis of proprietary data. The six others went up more than 50%. The highest price jumps among the top 10 drugs include the arthritis drugs… more »

04/01/16

  09:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 229 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

MedBen Analytics Ready to Help Hospitals with Bundled Payment Solutions

April 1 marks an important day for U.S. hospitals, as Medicare makes a major shift from fee-for-service medicine to value based payments in 67 MSAs across the country. MedBen Analytics has an innovative system in place to assist participants with the… more »

03/30/16

  11:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Bad Health Habits and Heart Attacks Skewing Younger, Study Finds

A new study provides yet another good reason for promoting wellness in the workplace: A disturbing trend in bad health habits. According to Health Essentials, researchers reviewed nearly 4,000 Cleveland Clinic patients who were treated for the most… more »

03/24/16

  02:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Compliance Date for SBC Changes Pushed Back

A recent U.S. Department of Labor notice gives employers until the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after April 1, 2017 to comply with upcoming regulatory changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) which they must distribute… more »

03/22/16

  05:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 131 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

MedBen Rx Once Again Beats National Spending Trends

U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 5.2% in 2015, according to Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). But as is the case year after year, MedBen has bucked the national numbers, with an average trend of just 2.5%. As… more »

03/17/16

  05:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes, IRS

Study: Middle Class Will Bear Brunt of Cadillac Tax

A new study suggests that middle-class families will be hardest hit by the Affordable Care Act's unpopular "Cadillac" tax. Investors Business Daily reports the study indicates that the excise tax -- ostensively meant to discourage benefit-rich health… more »

03/15/16

  09:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 102 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

New CDC Guidelines Stress Painkillers as Last Resort

New national standards released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the prescribing of painkillers only after other therapies have failed, reports STAT. The CDC also suggests that if opioids must be prescribed, short-term… more »

03/10/16

  11:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Spousal Coverage Surcharges Gaining Steam with Employers

A money-saving strategy that MedBen has encouraged for years appears to be catching on in a big way. A new survey shows that the number of employers that discourage spousal coverage will likely more than double in the next two years. Business Insurance… more »

03/07/16

  11:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness, Heart

MedBen Sponsors AHA HeartChase Fundraiser

MedBen is pleased to serve as a local sponsor of the 2016 Licking County (OH) HeartChase. Created by the American Heart Association (AHA), HeartChase is a community game that offers a healthy competition while raising funds to help fight heart disease.… more »

03/03/16

  07:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Provider Networks

HealthSpan Network Sold; MedBen Will Help Clients with Benefit Solutions

This week MedBen was informed of the sale of HealthSpan, which many of our clients use as a network in Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. The company has agreed to sell its business to Medical Mutual of Ohio and will cease… more »

03/02/16

  08:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

HHS Raises 2017 Out-of-Pocket Plan Maximums

Important news for employers looking ahead to 2017 benefit planning: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has raised the maximum out-of-pocket amount that health care plans can require plan members to pay next year, based on final… more »

02/26/16

  03:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 650 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Third party administration, MedBen University

First MBU of 2016 Highlights Health Care Reform

MedBen University (MBU) launched its 2016 series of benefits management seminars with a session that offered an extensive look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act. Entitled "Navigating the Health Care Reform Storm" and presented by MedBen… more »

02/24/16

  11:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Heart, Research

Growing Focus on Outpatient Care Saving Health Plans, Consumers Money

A new series of studies shows that employer health plans can save thousands of dollars by encouraging the use of outpatient facilities for certain medical treatments. Forbes reports. The studies examined four common medical procedures – hysterectomy,… more »

02/22/16

  11:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 323 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Heart, Third party administration

More Hospital Settlements as Justice Department Ends ICD Investigation

The U.S. Justice Department has made its final round of settlements with hospitals suspected of excessive use of implantable cardiac devices (ICDs) following a five-year study. Meanwhile, MedBen has been protecting clients from this expensive practice… more »

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