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09/30/16

  03:27:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Taxes, IRS

Cadillac Tax Out of Sight, But Shouldn't Be Out of Mind

With the implementation of the controversial Cadillac Tax postponed until 2020, it's easy for employers to put thoughts of it on the backburner... or hope that it simply goes away. But neither approach is a sound strategy, which is why MedBen recommends… more »

09/28/16

  05:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 282 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

Health Spending Spike: What's Your Plan?

U.S. health care spending growth has been relatively moderate this decade, but some recent numbers suggest that costs could soon see an upswing. For employers, it's an ideal time to review their current health plan administrator and ensure that measures… more »

09/20/16

  07:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

New MedBen Client Report Spotlights Budget-saving Solutions

Group health care plans can take up a sizable chunk of employer budgets, but MedBen offers a variety of ways to free up a portion of those funds for other business matters. In our new MedBen Client Report, we highlight some of the methods we use to… more »

09/09/16

  03:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Precision Prescription Coverage Starts Now

While precision medicine is in its relative infancy, its implications for our future health is significant. Tapping into that which makes us unique as individuals ‒ genetics, lifestyle, and environment ‒ improves the chances of better… more »

08/31/16

  03:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

Self-funding Switch Makes Financial, Regulatory Sense

A new benefits survey indicates that the trend of switching from fully insured to self-insured is expected to grow by 35% in the next two years. This is to no surprise since fully-insured groups continue to see high premium cost growth. According to… more »

08/26/16

  07:47:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

High Rx Prices Call for Private Sector Solutions

A recent Harvard Medical School study of how prescription drug prices are set suggests that, despite presidential campaign promises of reduced costs through government intervention, current conditions make it difficult for them to make significant… more »

08/22/16

  07:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Bundled Payments, Research

Employers Take Lead with Value-Based Benefit Designs

As more hospitals gravitate away from traditional fee-for-service to alternative payments methods, self-funded groups are making changes to their health care plans to capitalize on the potential savings. According to an analysis by the National Business… more »

08/19/16

  07:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Research

Private Exchanges — Hype Doesn’t Equal Interest

There's been a lot of hype lately about how private health insurance exchanges ‒ a system in which employees receive a set allowance to select an insurance plan from multiple vendors ‒ are the next big thing in group coverage. But as is… more »

08/12/16

  04:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Cost savings, Vision

As Health Care Landscape Shifts, Consumer-driven Plans Thrive

From BenefitsPRO: "[Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)] are making a comeback, most notably among smaller employers (2 to 100), large employers (5,000+), and any size groups with historically low utilization. Their appeal may also increase as they… more »

08/08/16

  10:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Ancillary benefits

MedBen Controls High Claimant Costs through Claims Management, Early Detection

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 »

07/22/16

  10:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Stop-loss, Cost savings, Research

Cancer, Other Catastrophic Claims Account for Half of Stop-loss Reimbursements

Only ten ailments account for over half of all stop-loss reimbursements, finds a new study that demonstrates the importance of such coverage for self-funded employers. MedBen is here to help groups with stop-loss advise and cost control strategies.… more »

07/08/16

  05:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care, Compliance

ACA Preventive Care Compliance Doesn't Stop with New Recommendations

Recently, we discussed here how MedBen helps to keep self-funded, non-grandfathered plans compliant with new preventive care requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, it's not enough to just monitor new recommendations — we also… more »

07/07/16

  07:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 263 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Reporting, Cost savings

MedBen Uses Predictive Analytics to Spot Risks Early

A recent Benefits Pro article explores how the use of predictive analytics helps to reduce wasteful health spending. At MedBen, this statistical approach serves as the foundation of our reporting platform — an approach that helps our clients to know in… more »

06/30/16

  12:13:00 am, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals

Even Post-Reform, ER Visits in US Still High

Despite the hope that an influx of new insureds through the Affordable Care would reduce the rate of emergency room (ER) visits, new data indicates that patients still seek care there at disproportionately high numbers. It highlights the need to offer… more »

06/24/16

  11:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Survey: Rx Payments Based on Patient Outcomes Gaining Popularity

As medical costs continue to escalate, health plans are increasing exploring payment options that go beyond the traditional fee-for-service structure -- and the same may soon apply to prescription drugs. According to Stat, a recent survey reveals that… more »

06/07/16

  09:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: News, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Provider Networks

MedBen (and Employers) Not Catching Merger Fever

The health care industry has become merger-happy in recent months, but many employers want no part of it. Neither, for that matter, does MedBen. According to Modern Healthcare, "several surveys of Fortune 500 companies and other big employers reveal… more »

05/27/16

  07:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

MedBen Closed Memorial Day... Online Services Always Open!

The staff of MedBen want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day! Our home office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31. During this time, please remember that… more »

05/26/16

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 254 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Discounts, Health Plan Management, Reporting, Cost savings

Health Plan Savings Strategy Requires Rx Focus

One risks sounding like a broken record (or a corrupted MP3 file), but it really is important to the long-term financial health of your pharmacy plan to stress the large and ever-widening gap between brand-name and generic drug costs. As drug costs… more »

05/25/16

  05:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 497 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care

MedBen Helps to Keep Your Preventive Care Benefits Compliant

With all the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations self-funded employers have to follow, it's easy to overlook regular updates to required preventive care. But MedBen keeps a close eye on the latest recommendations so you don't have to. Under the ACA,… more »

05/02/16

  05:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 145 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, IRS

Little Change to 2017 HSA Limits

On April 29, the IRS released its annual cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2017. Most of the amounts stay frozen in place from the previous year, with a small increase in single contributions being the… more »

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