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  12:00:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 253 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Patients Objecting To Hospital "Facility Fees"

Liz Kowalczyk of the Boston Globe reports on the growing trend of hospital patients who are mad as heck and aren’t gonna take it anymore: “Patients, angered by surprise surcharges that hospitals tack on bills for doctor visits, are… more »
  10:28:44 am, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

From The "Gee, Really?" Files...

“Higher-than-expected costs for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) preexisting condition risk pool are a sign that the law will cost more than first expected, according to some lawmakers and analysts. “The Centers for Medicare and… more »


  05:30:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 366 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Drug Pricing Disparity Demonstrate Importance Of Planning, Rx Resources

David Lazarus of The Los Angeles Times exposes the arbitrary nature of prescription drug costs from one manufacturer to another, from one pharmacy to another – and occasionally, from within the pharmacy itself: “Diane Shattuck filled a… more »
  03:37:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 153 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Better-Informed Patients Cost Less For Medical Care

Looking to save yourself and your company money on health care spending? A new study says it pays to be informed. According to Modern Healthcare, patients who scored high on a self-reported survey of “knowledge, skill and confidence” to… more »
  03:21:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Large Companies Expect To Continue Employee Coverage, Survey Finds

The question of whether large employers will discontinue health care coverage once insurance exchanges open next year has been bandied about since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. But seeing that the exchanges are soon to become reality,… more »


  05:38:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 565 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management User FAQ

As we recently announced on this blog, our website has received a full makeover. If you’re used to steering around the old website, it may take a few moments to get used to the updated site’s layout. Hopefully, you’ll quickly pick… more »


  03:54:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 186 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Generator Provides Client Service Stability

MedBen’s ongoing commitment to client peace of mind is exemplified in a variety of ways, from customer-centered benefit solutions and advanced cost containment methods to intelligent reporting tools. And recently, we bolstered this commitment even… more »
  03:37:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 509 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Unveils Revamped Website

MedBen is pleased to announce the completion of a total update to the website! We’ve reworked the site from top to bottom with the express goal of making it as easy to use as possible. We invite you to take the new site for a test… more »


  05:48:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 252 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Physician Groups Develop A Testing "Don't" List

Physicians continually strive to find the proper balance of patient testing between judicious and excessive. Last year, nine medical societies created a list of 45 tests and procedures they consider overused… and as it turns out, that was just the… more »


  06:08:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Half Of States Say No To Exchanges; High-Risk Program Ends Enrollments

Several important health care reform developments have made the news over the past few days: Only half the states have officially agreed to run their health insurance exchanges, Kaiser Health News reports. Ohio is among the 26 states that have… more »


  04:29:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Anti-Fraud Efforts Recoup Record Amount

Give credit where it’s due: Whatever hiccups the federal government has experienced with implementing health care reforms, it’s done an admirable job recouping ill-gotten gains. The Obama administration said earlier this week that the… more »


  05:33:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 294 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Determining Surgery Costs May Require Detective Work

It may come as no surprise to you that the cost of a surgical procedure can differ greatly from one hospital to another – regional variations and hospital reputations typically factor into the asking price. But say that you needed treatment, and… more »


  05:34:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CBO: Fiscal Cliff Compromises Will Mean Fewer New Insureds

NBC News reports that a Congressional deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will result in fewer people getting health insurance under the Affordable Care Act – at least at first. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office projects about 8… more »
  04:52:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Advanced Stroke Treatment No More Effective Than Drugs Alone, Studies Find

A stroke treatment that uses a device to clear a blocked artery is not as effective as hoped, three separate studies suggest. According to NPR, endovascular (within-the-artery) treatment combined with an intravenous dose of a clot-busting drug called… more »


  05:51:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 253 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Healthy Males Could Bear Brunt Of ACA Premium Increases, Survey Suggests

Some young and healthy men could see their health insurance premiums nearly triple under the Affordable Care Act, a new survey reveals. According to POLITICO, the American Action Forum survey of insurers found that if the health care reform law’s… more »


  05:59:59 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Consumer Reports Rates Cancer Tests

Consumer Reports may be best known for putting autos and big-screen TVs through their paces, but it sometimes turns its critical eye towards medical matters as well – including, recently, cancer screening tests. According to WebMD Health News,… more »


  05:55:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Navigating Health Care Reform Won't Come Easy... Or Cheap

While it remains to be seen whether the Affordable Care Act will truly make health care more, well, affordable, one thing is certain: The law will definitely stimulate employment. Washington Post writer N.C. Aizenman reviews the logistical challenge… more »


  05:52:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Workers And Employers Both Benefit From Wellness Programs

A majority of workers whose employers sponsor a company wellness program believe it benefits them, a new survey finds. Employee Benefits News reports that in 2012, 62% of workers agreed that a worksite wellness improves health while reducing health… more »


  05:22:04 pm, by MedBen5   , 245 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Administration Proposes Solution For Contraception Dilemma (UPDATED)

The Obama administration has clarified earlier rules regarding women’s contraceptive coverage by religious-affilated groups, Kaiser Health News reports. Last year, federal officials come up with a stopgap measure to address objections by churches… more »
  05:01:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

New Report Spotlights Excessive Out-of-Network Medical Bills

The New York Times looks at a report on the high cost of out-of-network health care, released today by the national trade association for the health insurance industry: “The report, by America’s Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, contrasts some of the… more »

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