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10/26/12

  05:19:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 680 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Provides W-2 Data Collection and Reporting Assistance

In January 2013, many employers will be required to report the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored group health plan coverage for the 2012 calendar year on their employees’ 2012 W-2s. (Note that employers who filed less than 250 separate W-2s for 2011… more »

10/25/12

  04:52:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 294 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Cost Containment Measures Save Money While Maintaining High Care Standards

On its company blog, MedBen’s cost containment partner inVentiv Medical Management (iMM) recently shared the story of 49 year-old from Alabama who suffered recurring episodes of a major depressive disorder. Following a request by an in-network… more »

10/16/12

  05:36:49 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Reform Provision Hits Military In The Wallet

One of the health care reform’s more vaunted benefits – the ability to insure children up to age 26 – has resulted in higher costs to our men and women in uniform, Forbes magazine reports: “As any actuary could have explained to… more »

10/11/12

  04:45:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 327 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Almost Half Of States Miss Deadline To Designate Essential Health Benefits

Ohio and Indiana are among 13 states that did not designate an essential health benefits, or EHB, benchmark by the October 1 deadline, according to a dispatch from the trade association America’s Health Insurance Plans. A provision of the Affordable… more »

10/10/12

  09:50:32 am, by MedBen5   , 177 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

A Physician States His Case For Rationing Health Care

“PalMD”, an internal medicine physician, explains “Why I want to ration your health care“: “In the U.S. we practice medicine with complete irrationality. There are thousands of lives that can be saved by simple practices that so many… more »

10/09/12

  05:17:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 188 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Analysis: Small Businesses Will Benefit From Reform, But Mid-Size Firms Will Pay More

Medium-sized businesses will take the biggest hit in the wallet from the health care reform law, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute. The Hill reports that employers who have between 101 and 1,000 workers would have seen a 9.5% jump in… more »
  04:12:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 298 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Five Steps To Safer Medical Care

Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, believes that doctors and hospitals should be held more accountable for their mistakes. In The Wall Street Journal, he lists five “relatively simple – but crucial – reforms” the… more »

10/08/12

  12:43:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 154 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDHPs Demonstrate Continued Popularity

According to the 2012 Annual Survey of Employer Health Benefits by the Kaiser Family Foundation (and as reported by John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog), nearly one-third of businesses that provide health coverage offer a consumer-driven health plan… more »

10/03/12

  06:29:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen University: Zaenger Spotlights Specialty Drug Problem

Allan Zaenger, President of Pharmaceutical Horizons, discussed “The Specialty Drug Dilemma” at a recent MedBen University. As Zaenger explained, even though generic dispensing has helped to keep price increases in check, the combination of… more »

09/28/12

  05:49:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 211 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen University: Guest Speaker Russo Stresses Importance Of Plan Design

At a special MedBen University presentation on September 26, Adam Russo, CEO of The Phia Group, explained “How Innovative Plan Design Can Help to Mitigate the Cost of Health Care". Russo stressed that no two groups of employees are alike, which… more »
  04:13:34 pm, by MedBen5   , 179 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Sears Shifts To The Insurance Exchange Model

We recently noted a Deloitte survey which found that 9% of employers expect to drop their health coverage when insurance exchanges become available in 2014. But earlier this week, one major retailer revealed that it doesn’t intend to wait until… more »

09/27/12

  06:19:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 286 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Government Roundtable Offers Trend Analysis, Plan Strategies

MedBen team members offered municipal employers health care plan information and cost-saving advice at its annual Government Roundtable on September 26. At the roundtable, municipalities administered by MedBen were able to see how their plan compared… more »

09/24/12

  06:02:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

As Diabetes Cases Rise, So Does Emphasis On Prevention

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog recently reported on efforts by health care providers to educate people about diabetes – management for those with the disease, and lifestyle changes for those in danger of developing it. Many states now offer… more »
  05:06:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 303 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Some States Grudgingly Developing Insurance Exchanges

As the November 6 elections draw closer, another important date looms right behind it – November 16, the deadline for states to submit a plan for running their own health insurance exchange. Those that fail to do so must permit the federal… more »

09/21/12

  05:49:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Shifting The Focus On Health Care Reform

Peter Pitts of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest makes the argument that a health care reform is most effective with a smaller focus – but that there are lessons to be learned from one particular federal program: “One of the… more »

09/20/12

  11:00:13 am, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CBO Raises Forecast For Health Insurance Tax Payors

The Congressional Budget Office has raised its estimate of how many Americans will likely pay a tax in 2016 for not buying health insurance from 4 million to 6 million, Reuters reports. According to the nonpartisan agency, the increase is due in part… more »

09/19/12

  12:18:29 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Minimal Cost Increases For Employer Health Insurance In 2012

The cost of employer-based health insurance rose just 4% this year, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That’s well below the 9% increase in 2011. The Los Angeles Times reports… more »

09/18/12

  01:16:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 274 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Urgent Care Popularity Taking Patients From Family Doctors

Phil Galewitz of The Washington Post reports on the rapid growth of urgent care centers across the U.S.: “Such centers treat the most common injuries and illnesses – including colds, ear infections, cuts and back pain – in addition to… more »

09/07/12

  12:58:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 224 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

Partners Plan Now Available in Fairfield County

MedBen is pleased to announce the availability of Partners Community Health Plan to Fairfield County, Ohio employers. Offered in conjunction with Fairfield Medical Center and the Lancaster-Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Partners Community Health Plan,… more »

09/04/12

  06:05:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 305 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Medical Panel Influences Primary Care Shortage

As we’ve noted here recently, one huge obstacle in a successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act is the higher demands that an additional 30 million insureds would have on the physician pool – in particular, primary care doctors. As… more »

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