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07/09/13

  05:13:16 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

9 Out Of 10 Pharmacists Agree: Go Generic

Not every scientific endeavor aims for the fences. Sometimes, as NPR reports, researchers have more modest goals in mind – such as a simple explanation as to why more people don’t favor lower-cost generic pills: “Matthew Gentzkow, an… more »

07/08/13

  01:01:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Prescription Painkiller Use At An All-Time High

A recent New York Times article highlights America’s growing use of narcotic painkillers in the past decade. Once prescribed primarily for short-term discomforts, OxyContin and other popular opiods now provide relief from such chronic conditions… more »
  11:25:03 am, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New ACA Rule Puts Exchange Customers On The Honor System

While the health care community was still abuzz about the announcement that the federal government would postpone the employer mandate until 2015, the Obama administration quietly communicated on Friday that it would also reduce the onus on state… more »

07/03/13

  04:21:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 313 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

ACA Employer Mandate Enforcement Delayed Until 2015

Businesses have just received a one-year reprieve from enforcement on the penalties for firms not offering affordable coverage to employees working more than 30 hours per week. Yesterday, the White House announced that it has pushed back until 2015 any… more »
  03:04:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Independence Day Holiday Hours at MedBen

Happy Independence Day from the staff at MedBen! Our home office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 to observe the holiday. However, we will be open during our regular business hours on Friday, July 5. Remember that even when our office is closed,… more »

07/02/13

  02:26:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 248 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

To Be A Happy Patient, First Be A Smart Consumer

Sometimes, the words “patient” and “consumer” are used interchangeably. And while it may seem unbecoming to describe a person getting a checkup with the same term used for buyers of Big Macs, there are times the word is entirely… more »
  11:57:50 am, by MedBen5   , 128 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Over 40% Of Uninsured Americans Not Aware Of Individual Mandate

Talk about your rude awakenings… 43% of uninsured Americans are unaware that they may be required to buy health insurance coverage next year, according to a new Gallup survey. The Healthwatch Blog reports that awareness of the Affordable Care… more »

07/01/13

  12:08:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Final Contraceptive Rule Under Reform Law Released

The Obama administration has released a final rule regarding female contraceptive coverage under health care plans offered by religious groups, MedPage Today reports. The rule – a provision of the Afforable Care Act – takes effect January 1.… more »

06/28/13

  04:31:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

DOMA Ruling Changes Health Care Reform Landscape

The decision by the Supreme Court earlier this week to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act changes how health care benefits will be handled for same-sex couples under the Affordable Care Act, writes Matthew Sturdevant: “A person in a same-sex… more »

06/26/13

  04:54:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Hospital Mortality Rates For Certain Conditions Good Gauge Of Overall Performance

If your hospital of choice has a good track record for treating heart attack, pneumonia and congestive heart patients, chances are it also performs well for patients with other conditions – and these three mortality measures may be enough to… more »

06/25/13

  12:16:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 298 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen University Details Reform's "Pay or Play" Concept

School may be out for the summer, but MedBen University remains in session! Our team of experts is traveling the Midwest to share its knowledge of health care benefits with employers of all sizes. At an MBU on June 25 in Lima, Ohio, MedBen Vice… more »

06/24/13

  05:19:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Calling Obesity A "Disease" Sends Wrong Message, Doctor Argues

David Katz, MD, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, says that the American Medical Association made a mistake in recognizing obesity as a disease: “The notion that obesity is a disease will inevitably invite a reliance on… more »
  05:04:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health Care? Americans Want An App For That

With over half of American adults relying on smartphones for everything from mapping trips to buying groceries, it should come as no surprise that many want to use their devices to make health care simpler. HealthDay News reports that many Americans… more »

06/21/13

  05:03:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen 's Claims Accuracy Far Exceeds The National Average

The national average of claims incorrectly processed by heath plans dropped to 7.1% in 2013, according to a new National Health Insurer Report Card released by the American Medical Association (AMA). It contines a trend of falling inaccuracy rates, from… more »

06/20/13

  05:14:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Many Unnecessary Surgeries Performed Every Year

Every year thousands of patients undergo surgery they don’t need, according to the findings of a USA Today investigation. In some specialities, unnecessary surgeries might account for 10% to 20% of all operations. Six of the most common… more »
  04:00:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 183 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Proposed Bill Would Increase Hours Under Employer Mandate

According to The Hill’s Healthwatch blog, legislation has been introduced in the Senate to modify the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The mandate, which will take effect in 2014, requires businesses to offer health insurance to their… more »

06/19/13

  04:03:35 pm, by MedBen5   , 182 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

GAO: Government In Danger Of Missing Exchange Deadline

The federal government could miss the October 1 deadline to enroll in health insurance exchanges, a report by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today said. According to Reuters, the report noted that the key parts of the… more »

06/18/13

  12:56:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Slow Health Care Cost Growth In 2014, Report Says

Health care costs will see slow growth next year, according to a new report by the accounting and consulting firm PwC. The Associated Press reports that the recend trend of lower cost increases will continue, in spite of an improving economy and the… more »

06/17/13

  05:03:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Best Medical Outcomes At A Lower Cost? MedBen Has The Solution

In order to hold down health care plan costs, employers are considering new approaches to promoting plan member use of providers with the best medical outcomes, Business Insurance reports. According to an Aon Hewitt survey of about 800 large and… more »
  03:45:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

AMA Recognizes Obesity As A Disease (UPDATED)

With two-thirds of US adults defined as overweight or obese, The American Medical Association is considering whether to recognize obesity as a disease, Forbes reports. The potential classification has already created debate. “More widespread… more »

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