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02/19/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Security, Privacy

MedBen Uses Multiple Means to Guard Against Cyberattacks

A hospital in Los Angeles made national headlines this week when, following a cyberattack that disabled the facility's computer devices for over a week, it paid a $17,000 ransom to regain system access. However unusual the circumstances may seem, the… more »

02/18/16

  06:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Despite ACA Alternatives, Employers Prefer to Offer Health Care Coverage

The introduction of state and federal insurance marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act has not deterred most U.S. employers from offering group health care coverage, Healthcare Dive reports. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey,… more »

02/15/16

  10:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Third party administration

MedBen Tops Central Ohio TPA Employee Survey

A new Columbus Business First survey reveals that MedBen is Central Ohio's leading third-party administrator, as ranked by local TPA employees. With 147 TPA employees residing in Licking, Franklin and surrounding counties, MedBen employs over 100 more… more »

02/11/16

  10:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

As Providers Shift to Value-based Payments, MedBen Analytics Offers Actionable Insights

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is taking bold measures to move Medicare payments from the traditional model to alternatives based on the value of the services given. MedBen Analytics is currently working with providers nationwide to… more »

02/10/16

  05:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Urologists More Likely than Primary Care Doctors to Recommend PSA Testing

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined as a standard wellness screening in recent years... but the likelihood of a recommendation depends largely on whether your doctor is a primary or specialty care provider. In 2011, the U.S.… more »

02/05/16

  10:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Obama Administration Proposes Change to Cadillac Tax Threshold

In hopes of salvaging the Affordable Care Act's unpopular "Cadillac" tax, President Obama will propose tweaking it as part of the 2017 federal budget, using individual health insurance marketplace plans as a new yardstick. According to Business… more »

02/04/16

  10:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cost savings

Drug Price Hikes Another Reason to Have a Smart Rx Strategy

High brand-name drug prices are a frequent topic of discussion, but in recent months, a different wrinkle on pharmacy pricing has joined the conversation: huge increases in individual drug costs. And its another reason that MedBen makes controlling drug… more »

02/02/16

  09:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Children's Health, Immunizations

Flu Shots for Babies Falling Short, Study Suggests

The percentage of U.S. babies that get flu shots has risen dramatically in the past decade... but the numbers still come in well short of expectations, according to a new study. HealthDay reports that almost 45% of babies aged 6 months to 23 months… more »

01/29/16

  09:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 365 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Client Services

MedBen University Schedule for Spring 2016

The 2016 season of MedBen University will soon be in session! For the 15th straight year, MedBen will be offering a variety of events that provide attendees with information they can use to be smarter consumers of health care. If you’ve never had the… more »

01/27/16

  10:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 529 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

Data Transparency Leads to Success in Bundled Payments, Harden Says at Conference

"Data transparency will help drive success in the new world of value-based and bundled payments." That's the message MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden shared with hospital, health system, and provider group representatives at the 2nd Annual Bundled… more »

01/26/16

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 290 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Online Services

Simple Online Test Can Determine Diabetes Risk

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in association with the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association, has launched a campaign to raise awareness about prediabetes, a serious health condition that affects more than one… more »

01/25/16

  05:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 328 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Freeman, Harden Interviewed for Newark Advocate

The January 23 edition of the Newark Advocate features an interview with Medben Chairman & CEO Doug Freeman and President & COO Kurt Harden. Speaking to reporter Kent Mallett, Freeman and Harden discuss changes to the health benefits management… more »

01/22/16

  05:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Wellness

MedBen-sponsored Fun Run Sets New Donation Record

For the third consecutive year, MedBen was pleased to serve as a premier sponsor for the Granville Turkey Trot (GTT). The 5K fun run/walk, held on November 26, 2015, raised $110,000 for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County – $10,000 more than the… more »

01/21/16

  06:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 335 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Hospitals

End-of-Life Care More Costly in U.S., but Hospital Stays Lower

A new study of end-of-life practices in the United States and other industrialized nations suggests that while American doctors are more aggressive in their treatment of terminally ill cancer patients, most patients do spend their final days in places… more »

01/20/16

  03:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and we did not want to miss this opportunity to remind women ages 21 and older how important it is to get a Pap test every three years, in addition to other wellness exams and screenings. It is estimated that… more »

01/15/16

  11:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 370 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

Marketplace Enrollments Up, But Not All News Good

The latest open enrollment period for individuals who wish to enroll in the federal health insurance marketplace ends on January 31. According to federal officials, over 11 million people have enrolled, surpassing last year's mark as well as the 10.5… more »

01/14/16

  08:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 575 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cancer

Task Force Raises Recommended Mammography Age; MedBen Continues with Current Recommendations

There’s a good deal of disagreement in the medical community of late about the proper age for women to start getting mammograms… but MedBen remains committed to long-established guidelines. On January 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force… more »

01/11/16

  10:44:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 346 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

Employers More Invested in Wellness Incentives

"In it to win it"... it's a phrase frequently uttered by everyone from pro athletes to reality show contestants. And increasingly, the same philosophy applies to employers that offer wellness programs as well. According to BenefitsPro, a recent survey… more »

01/08/16

  10:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 304 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform

President Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal ACA

It's official: The president has shot down an attempt to scrap the Affordable Care Act. To the surprise of absolutely no one, President Obama today vetoed a bill to repeal the health care reform law, saying that it "would reverse the significant… more »

01/06/16

  09:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: News, Health Care Reform, Reporting, IRS

Affordable Coverage Threshold for ALEs Higher in 2016

A reminder for the 2016 plan year: The threshold for Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) -- that is, those with 50 or more full-time employees -- to determine whether or not the contributions they charge their employees for health coverage is affordable… more »

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