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04/15/19

  09:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Research, Primary care

ER Visits Up, but Non-Emergency Usage Down

Emergency room visits rose to an all-time high of 145.6 million in 2016, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the percentage of ER patients who needed regular care fell from 5.5% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2016… more »

02/24/19

  11:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Client Services, MedBen University

MedBen University in Session Soon!

No ivy-covered buildings, no caps and gowns... just useful information to help you get the most value out of your health care plan. That's MedBen University (MBU), soon to begin its 18th season. Our educational seminar series offers practical guidance… more »

12/30/18

A Note from Our Executive Chairman and President

To our customers, consultants, and brokers: Happy new year from MedBen! In 2018 we celebrated our 80th anniversary, which gave us a chance to reflect on our beginnings and growth as a health benefits manager. It's great to reminisce but we prefer to… more »

06/17/18

Harden CEO Promotion Spotlighted in Columbus Business First

In a new Columbus Business First article, reporter Carrie Ghose interviewed MedBen President Kurt Harden and Executive Chairman Doug Freeman about Harden's recent promotion to CEO as well as the company's recent activities and future plans. Freeman… more »

03/11/18

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 336 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Third party administration

While Federal Government Wavers, MedBen Helps You Control Costs

In a recent Modern Healthcare editorial, writer Merrill Goozner poses the question, "Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?" With the individual mandate dead, the Independent Payment Advisory Board shuttered, and Congress in no apparently hurry… more »

02/23/18

  06:01:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Claims management

MedBen Leads Columbus Business First Survey

A new Columbus Business First survey (in the February 16 issue) ranks MedBen as Central Ohio's top employee benefits company, based on the number of Central Ohio benefits workers we employ. With 143 TPA employees residing in Licking, Franklin and… more »

02/22/18

  07:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Reporting, Third party administration, MedBen University, Self-funding

In Health Care Planning, One Size Does Not Fit All

A new Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) report highlights the wide disparity of health care costs in U.S. states, with average costs ranging from 17% above comparable populations in Colorado to 16% below in Maryland. The report notes… more »

02/11/18

For MedBen, Beating Trend Is All in the Details

In recent years, U.S. health care spending has slowed significantly compared to the double-digit cost spikes we saw a decade ago. But there’s still room for improvement, so MedBen uses multiple containment strategies to keep client claim costs under… more »

11/05/17

  01:55:00 am, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration, Trend, Claims management

MedBen Beats Trend by Focusing on Claim Costs

Medical plan trend has kept stable over the last few years. Even so, MedBen has consistently remained under national trend by emphasizing the highest driver of plan costs – claims. According to the 2018 Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey, medical… more »

08/27/17

MedBen Client Report Highlights Population Health Management Services

The health care landscape may continue to shift, but MedBen remains focused on providing clients with cost-effective, employer-directed administrative services. In our 2017 MedBen Client Report, we look at the various way we're working with employers to… more »

04/14/17

MedBen Helps Clients Controls High Claimant Costs

High cost claimants are among the leading contributors to health care spending, topping even medical inflation, pharmaceuticals and specific diseases. A study from the American Health Policy Institute and Leavitt Partners found that claimants who cost… more »

03/12/17

Final Reminders for MedBen University Roundtables

Two MedBen University industry-specific roundtables are just days away... so if you've been thinking of attending, now is the time to register! On Thursday, March 23, MedBen will host the 15th Annual Hospital Roundtable, sponsored by ISU Stop-Loss.… 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 »

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 »

12/29/16

  03:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Third party administration, Self-funding

Self-funding Allows Employers to Flex Cost Saving Muscles

With health care spending expected to reach one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2025, it's more important than ever for businesses to have a greater degree of cost control with their health plan. Toward that goal, MedBen continues to help… more »

12/01/16

  07:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Specialty Drug Growth Shows No Signs of Slowing

The increasing popularity of specialty drugs has brought new challenges to health plan management. However, MedBen has closely followed their growth, and works with clients to develop strategies that balance their medicinal advantages with realistic… more »

11/20/16

Thanksgiving Observances and Online Services

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of MedBen! We hope that you and your family have a fun, safe, and relaxing holiday. To observe the holiday, MedBen will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday,… more »

11/16/16

  08:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Taxes, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Cost savings, IRS, Ancillary benefits

Doing FSA Homework Saves Members Money

The tax-free benefits of flexible spending accounts (FSAs) helps plan members to save money on their health care spending... but using FSAs to their maximum advantage requires a bit of prior planning. Many FSA members are currently deciding how much of… more »

10/10/16

  07:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Cost Savings from Self-Funding? It's All about Control

A recent EBN opinion piece on self-funding makes the observation that "TPAs have no financial incentive to comprehensively review all [claim] payments." At MedBen, we believe just the opposite ‒ as a third party administrator, it is entirely in… more »

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