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08/30/13

  03:41:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closed Labor Day, But Online Services Ready To Help

The staff of MedBen would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Labor Day! MedBen will be closed on Monday, September 2 and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. the following day. But even when we’re out of the office, our online customer… more »

08/28/13

  12:00:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 513 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

ACA Reminder: Submit Plan Changes that Affect SBC to MedBen Early

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that health plans providing medical benefits provide a uniform summary of their benefits to eligible individuals to be used in comparing any different coverage options that are available to these individuals. When… more »

08/26/13

  04:35:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

Internet Upgrade Will Offer Uninterrupted Service To MedBen Websites

In order to provide clients with continual access to online information regardless of bad weather or heavy web traffic, MedBen will be upgrading its Internet connection on the evening of Friday, September 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Work on the upgrade… more »

08/22/13

  04:07:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 282 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

UPS Spousal Policy Change Old News To MedBen

A Kaiser Health News/USA Today story is making the media rounds today: “Partly blaming the health law, United Parcel Service is set to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere. “Rising… more »

08/21/13

  11:07:57 am, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Delay For Out-of-Pocket Limits Applies Only To “Separately Administered” Benefits

A recent news item about a “largely unnoticed” delay for out-of-pocket cost limits under the Affordable Care Act created some confusion as for whom it was intended. As it happens, the one-year postponement affects only a small portion of… more »
  10:28:44 am, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Group Health Premiums Continue To Rise Slowly, Survey Finds

Premiums for employer-based health insurance continue to grow slowly, say researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The New York Times reports that, according to the KFF survey, the average annual premium for family polices purchased through an… more »

08/20/13

  04:51:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Opioid Abuse Only One Part Of Costly Problem

While the issue of opioid painkiller abuse should naturally focus on getting help for those affected, there is also a financial factor that must also be acknowledged – for the employer, the doctor and the insurer, as well as the patient.… more »

08/09/13

  05:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 473 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Keep Health FSA Status “Excepted” To Avoid Bureaucratic Headaches

As we posted on the blog earlier this year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will no longer allow employers to offer “stand-alone” health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) effective January 1, 2014. We also noted that the rule does not apply to… more »

08/08/13

  10:46:03 am, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Contact Lenses Work Best With Eye Doctor Partnership

On the Cleveland Clinic Health Hub, ophthalmologist Jeffrey Goshe, MD offers some “do’s” and “don’ts” for safe contact lens use. DON’T sleep in your contacts. “Almost every study of contact lens-related infections… more »

08/07/13

  05:32:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Bush's Heart Procedure Puts Spotlight On Stenting

As often happens when a public figure has a medical issue, its treatment undergoes media scrutiny. Such was the case yesterday when it was announced that former president George W. Bush received a stent to clear blocked arteries in his heart. USA Today… more »

07/30/13

  12:36:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Doctors Increasingly Disregard Back Pain Guidelines

Doctors increasingly prescribe painkillers and CT scans for the treatment of routine back pain even though clinical guidelines recommend otherwise, a new study revealed. According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers at Massachusetts’ Beth… more »

07/29/13

  03:43:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDHPs Raising Employer Satisfaction, Survey Finds

Employers are reporting greater satisfaction with health plan costs, based on the findings of the J.D. Power 2013 Employer Health Plan Study. According to Employee Benefits News, the improved satisfaction is due in part to the increased availability of… more »
  10:41:27 am, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Some Doctors Steering Patients To Do Online Research Prior To Visit

A few weeks back, we highlighted an article by a family physician that cautioned individuals about the dangers of using the Internet to self-diagnose medical concerns. Dr. Kenneth Lin warned that many health websites contain “flawed, inaccurate, or… more »

07/23/13

  01:02:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 179 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Kelly Named Group Leader Of MedBen's Compliance Department

MedBen is pleased to announce the promotion of Erin Kelly to Group Leader of the Compliance Department. In her new role, Erin will manage the department’s daily operations in addition to working with clients to ensure that their group health plan… more »
  10:49:33 am, by MedBen5   , 167 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Heart Test Not Useful For Many Patients, Study Suggests

A new study contends that echocardiograms, while safe, are often unnecessary. Only one-third of patients who receive the noninvasive ultrasound heart tests see a change in treatment, HealthDay News reports. “The majority of echocardiograms are… more »

07/19/13

  01:06:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

"The Nurse Will See You Now"

With the supply of primary care doctors already lagging behind demand – and about to get even more strained when millions of additional Americans get health insurance in January, under the health care reform law – many states are turning to… more »

07/17/13

  03:09:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Doctors, Hospitals And MedBen Going Paperless

The health care industry hasn’t gone entirely paper-free yet, but it’s well on its way. USA Today reports that over half of the nation’s physicians and more than 80% of hospitals now use electronic health records (EHRs). Since 2011,… more »

07/16/13

  03:29:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

As Health Care Spending Rises, MedBen Offers Solutions

Health care spending has slowed in recent years, but is still growing faster than the nation’s GDP, and amounts to nearly 1/5 of the total US economy. Carrington College (via MedCity News) identifies seven significant factors that contribute to… more »

07/15/13

  11:09:24 am, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Most Employees Prefer Lower-cost Health Coverage Options

More employees prefer a lower-cost, high-deductible employer health insurance plan to traditional coverage, a new study reveals. According to USA Today, data from 2,503 employees in New York and New Jersey showed that given a choice between a… more »

07/10/13

  05:31:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Worksite Wellness Can Help Reduce Rising Health Gap

An extensive new study of U.S. health trends from 1990 to 2010 revealed some positive developments, according to the Health Hub: Life expectancy for both sexes combined increased from 75.2 to 78.2 years. Healthy life expectancy – the years a… more »

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