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05/06/13

  05:04:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 137 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

IRS Releases HSA Inflation Adjustments For 2014

Lest Thursday, the IRS released the cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2014. The HSA contribution limits and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) out-of-pocket maximums will both increase. The HDHP… more »
  04:54:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Oregon Medicaid Study A Portent Of Nationwide Reform?

Avik Roy on an Oregon study to determine whether people on Medicaid have better health outcomes than those with no insurance at all, and how the finding impact nationwide health care reform: “Piles of studies have shown that people on Medicaid have… more »

05/02/13

  05:49:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 190 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Proposed Wellness Ruling Impacts Large Employers

In proposed federal rules announced earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that worksite wellness programs offered by employer-sponsored health care plans don’t count toward minimum coverage requirements, Reuters reports. Only… more »
  05:16:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health Care Campaign Ad Stresses Proper ER Use

We’re a bit late in noticing this ad (and thanks to the KevinMD.com blog for posting it) but it certainly drives its point home effectively. Part of a 2011 British campaign by the National Health Service, the ad highlights various alternatives to… more »

05/01/13

  05:28:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Nearly Half Of U.S Unaware Affordable Care Act Is Law

It seems that a good number of people aren’t too concerned about the effects of the health care reform law – namely, because they don’t even know it’s really a law, NBC News reports. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation… more »

04/30/13

  04:01:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Join Us At MedBen University On May 7!

MedBen University (MBU) is in session! Members of the MedBen team as well as other health care benefits professionals are traveling the Midwest this spring to share timely information about health care issues that are of importance to employers like… more »
  12:15:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Government Task Force Recommends HIV Testing For All Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all Americans between the ages of 15 and 65 get tested for the HIV virus, regardless of their risk, Reuters reports. Currently, the Affordable Care Act advocates coverage of HIV screening for… more »

04/29/13

  04:37:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Heart Failure Costs Will Double In 20 Years, AHA Projects

The American Heart Association (AHA) predicts that one in every 33 Americans will have heart failure in 2030, causing the current cost of care to double, MedPage Today reports. The U.S. rise in obesity rates has coincided with an increase in the… more »
  04:07:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Delay Reform Mandates For One Year, Critics Argue

James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center argue that Congress needs to put the brakes on the health care reform rollout: “As the implementation of the major provisions of Obamacare approaches, it is increasingly… more »

04/26/13

  05:18:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 303 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Capitol Hill Responds To Congressional Exemption Rumors

A Politico article earlier this week that claimed Congressional leaders were discussing ways to exempt lawmakers and their aides from health insurance exchanges – a requirement under the Affordable Care Act – has put Capital Hill Democrats… more »

04/25/13

  05:03:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 301 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Stand-alone HRAs No Longer Allowed In 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, “stand-alone” health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) can no longer stand alone. In a Frequently Asked Questions released earlier this year regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Departments… more »

04/24/13

  05:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 329 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Reform Goal Of Reducing Uninsured May Have Opposite Effect

Greg Scandlen a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute, asserts that the number of uninsured will actually go up under health care reform. Highlights are found below; you can read his complete thoughts at John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog.… more »
  12:26:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 301 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Some Newer Generics No Bargain, At First

Leslie Ramirez, an internal medicine physician, observes that the price of some prescription drugs don’t drop much when they become first available in generic form – and considers why this is so: “Patients are used to paying a high… more »

04/23/13

  05:05:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 197 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Little Chance That Transitional Reinsurance Fee Will Decrease

Beginning next year, an Affordable Care Act regulation will require group health insurance carriers and third party administrators, on behalf of group health plans, to contribute funding to a reinsurance transitional reinsurance pool for carriers in the… more »
  04:35:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Pondering The Future Of Colonoscopies

Will colonoscopies someday be retired in favor of a less invasive form of screening? Pretty much so, says gastroenterologist Michael Kirsch: “Gastroenterologists have successfully prevailed against CT colonography, a competing test which examines… more »

04/22/13

  11:50:43 am, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Scammers Taking Advantage Of Health Care Reform Confusion

Public confusion over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has led to an increase in health insurance scams, NPR reports. In 2012, the federal goverment received nearly 80,000 complaints of suspected fraudulent activity – up 12% from the… more »
  11:22:21 am, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Don't Push Patient Into Radiation Therapy, Oncologist Says

Some thoughts on giving patients a greater degree of autonomy in decision-making, from Miranda Fielding, a radiation oncologist: “Last week I saw a new patient, a genuinely lovely and intelligent woman of 70 years, who was diagnosed with breast cancer… more »

04/19/13

  11:34:01 am, by MedBen5   , 212 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

"Grace Period" Rule Could Steer Providers From Exchanges

A provision of the Affordable Care Act has gotten relatively little attention, but has the potential to create some enormous headaches for health care providers. Family Practice News reports that the “grace period” provision allows 90 days… more »

04/18/13

  11:06:47 am, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Doctor Says Hospital Profit Study Doesn't Look At Bigger Picture

A study that infers that hospitals benefit from longer patients stays due to complications was bound to get the attention of the medical community – and indeed, one physician has already weighed in on the findings. The study, which we posted… more »
  10:25:16 am, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Co-author Of Affordable Care Act Foresees "Huge Train Wreck"

“The administration’s public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, I think, deserve a failing grade. You need to fix it.” That quote comes from Senator Max Baucus (D-Mt.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, speaking to… more »

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