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11/01/11

  05:47:45 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Employers Offering HDHP, HSA Benefits

NPR reports that during this year’s open-enrollment period for health care coverage, a growing number of employers are asking their employees to take more responsibility for their own costs and health. Among the changes being made: adding… more »
  12:46:14 pm, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

ER Visits Hit All-Time High, CDC Finds

Modern Healthcare reports that visits to hospital emergency departments rose 10% from 2008 to 2009, to a record high of 136 million. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients between ages 25 and 44 accounted for 28%… more »

10/28/11

  03:51:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 191 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Fewer Americans Finding Favor With Health Care Reform

Public support for the Affordable Care Act hit an all-time low in October, Kaiser Health News reports. A new poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that many Democratic voters have lost confidence, joining most Republicans who never had it… more »

10/27/11

  05:12:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Supreme Court Will Soon Decide To Hear Reform Case; Insurers File Brief

Medical Xpress reports that the Supreme Court will decide on November 10 if it wants to enter the health care reform fracas. Because the Obama administration personally requested them to rule on the constitutionality of the individual mandate,… more »

10/25/11

  02:35:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 293 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Finding Real Long-Term Care Solutions

On his Health Policy Blog, John Goodman sheds no tears for the failure of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program. He likens the long-term care provision of the Affordable Care Act to a Ponzi scheme “designed to… more »

10/24/11

  04:51:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 377 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Speculation Mounts On Fate Of Individual Mandate

As the question of the indvidual mandate’s constitutionality finally nears its day in court – the Supreme Court, specifically – various political and medical websites are pondering the whats and wherefores: Jennifer Haberkorn,… more »

10/21/11

  11:45:42 am, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health Care Scorecard Gives U.S. A Passing Grade -- Barely

A new Commonwealth Fund report says that gives the U.S. health care system has bettered itself here and there, but still needs to make major improvements. MedPage Today reports that the U.S. scored a 64 out of 100 overall for key measures of health care… more »
  10:55:22 am, by MedBen5   , 412 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Tort Reform A Necessity For Real Reform, Doctors Argue

Does the looming threat of a lawsuit pressure physicians to practice defensive medicine? In a recent survey, doctors overwhelmingly agreed that malpractice fears affect their care decisions. So it’s hardly surprising that many also support tort… more »

10/20/11

  10:02:40 am, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Proposes Changes To Outdated Hospital Rules

In an effort to cut through bureaucratic red tape, the Obama administration has proposed changes intended to eliminate obsolete or overly burdensome rules that apply to hospitals and other health care providers. The New York Times reports that by… more »

10/17/11

  05:43:15 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Medicare Website Compares Hospital Safety Data

Medicare has introduced a new website that allows patients to compare safety ratings for thousands of hospitals – but the data used isn’t sitting well with members of the medical community. MSNBC.com reports that the information on Hospital… more »
  03:02:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Long-term Care Dropped From Health Care Reform

As we reported here several weeks ago, long-term care will officially not be available through the Affordable Care Act. According to The Washington Post, the Obama administration announced on October 14 that the Community Living Assistance Services… more »

10/14/11

  11:41:57 am, by MedBen5   , 157 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Tanning Tax Receipts Fall Well Short Of Projections

The intial returns from a federal tax on tanning beds haven’t burned quite as brightly as the number-crunchers has anticipated. USA Today reports that tax receipts totaled $54.4 million in its first three quarters, through March 31 – only a… more »

10/13/11

  11:29:33 am, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Doctor Survey: Too Many Tests, And Why?

A recent mail survey to primary care physicians (pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine) posited the question of how much of US health care is unnecessary. Of the 600+ who responded, 42% believe that their patients receive too much care,… more »

10/11/11

  04:42:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 195 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Florida Prepares To Launch Exchange

Kaiser Health News reports that Florida has put together a health insurance exchange that bears little resemblance to the federal model – and early feedback from health plans and health insurers is less than enthusiastic. Florida’s exchange… more »

10/10/11

  05:29:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Essential Health Benefits Report Released

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has taken the first step to creating a required list of essential health benefits as required under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A new report entitled “Essential Health Benefits:… more »

10/06/11

  09:56:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

Plan Sponsors Must Provide Medicare D Notices By October 15

If you’re an employer whose group health benefits include prescription drug coverage, you are required to provide an annual notice to Medicare-eligible participants describing whether your plan’s prescription drug coverage is considered… more »
  05:54:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Medical Panel Determines Most Wasteful Medical Activities

A medical panel called The Good Stewardship Working Group has chosen what it finds to be the most overused clinical activities by primary care providers (pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine). Their selections have been posted on-line by… more »

10/05/11

  01:02:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Small Employer Cost-Saving Strategies

Offering employees a full benefits package while maintaining the bottom line, all in the face of rising health care costs, is an ongoing project for employers. And it’s a battle that MedBen dedicates itself to waging on behalf of clients of all… more »

10/03/11

  05:44:12 pm, by MedBen5   , 174 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Committee Proposes To Halt ACA Funding

A probable Supreme Court date for the Affordable Care Act hasn’t stopped House Republicans from devising ways to halt health care reform’s progress. ModernHealthcare.com reports that the House Appropriations Committee has drafted a 2012… more »

09/30/11

  06:03:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 255 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Expanded Preventive Services Still Vague On Details

The New York Times recently examined an imminent change to most health insurance plans: 100% coverage of an expanded list of preventive services. Many insurers, including MedBen, already cover in full a variety of wellness services for adults, children… more »

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