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  05:52:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Obama Administration Proposes Shared Exchanges

As we’ve noted on this blog, most states haven’t been particularly proactive in developing insurance exchanges, which would enable uninsured individuals and small businesses to purchase coverage. Acknowledging the tepid response – and… more »


  05:12:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Heed The Warning Signs Of Low Vision

A segment of eyeglass and contact lens wearers know from experience that corrective lenses are no guarantee of perfect vision. Some individuals suffer from what the National Eye Institute calls “low vision". The condition can be genetic or develop… more »


  05:12:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Government "Tweak" May Encourage Employers To Drop Coverage

The “will they/won’t they” question of employers offering health coverage once government-run exchanges are in place has been bandied back and force since the Affordable Care Act was passed last year. Study findings have run the gamut… more »


  04:07:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Cost Containment Partner Becomes Official Licensee Of Cancer Network

AWAC, a MedBen partner in the administration of iHealth Worksite Wellness and cost containment services, has become an official licensee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) for use of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology… more »


  05:13:25 pm, by MedBen5   , 138 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Make The Most Of Your Doctor Visits

As more people are added to health insurance pools in the coming few years, your family doctor’s time will be at an even greater premium – and given how crowded most primary care physicians’ schedules are these days, that’s… more »


  04:31:42 pm, by MedBen5   , 173 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Petition To Block Individual Mandate

An Ohio Supreme Court ruling will allow residents to voice their opinion about the individual mandate at the ballot box this November. The Columbus Dispatch reports that judges voted 7-0 to reject a challenge to signatures gathered for a proposed… more »


  04:52:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 129 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Appeals Court Strikes Down Individual Mandate

The Affordable Care Act is now batting .500. The Washington Post reports that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the requirement that most Americans must have health insurance or face penalties. This follows a Cincinnati federal court ruling… more »


  05:25:13 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Use Of CT Scans In Emergency Rooms Takes A Huge Leap

The use of computed tomography, or CT, scans used to diagnose illnesses in emergency departments rose 330% from 1996 to 2007, according to a University of Michigan Health System study. Medical Xpress reports that the rate of CT use grew 11 times faster… more »


  05:37:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 170 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Texas City Among Lowest In Health Care Spending (And Highest, Too)

An Thomson Reuters analysis of the health care spending habits of American cities reveals an interesting disparity, The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports. Patients in McAllen, Texas covered by private insurance spend 28% below the national average… more »
  12:37:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 177 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Some Hospitals Overuse Heart Procedure, Study Finds

Hospitals vary widely in the proper usage of cardiac catheterization to diagnose heart disease, a new study finds. HealthDay reports that some hospitals found major blockages in all patients undergoing the procedure, while others found blockages in as… more »


  12:53:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

A Matter Of Life Or Death

A recent blog posting presents two sides of a highly charged topic: end-of-life health care. Family physician Stewart Segal, MD takes strong exception to an opinion piece by New York Times columnist David Brooks. Referring to the debt… more »


  04:50:37 pm, by MedBen5   , 181 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CDHP Members More Likely To Be Better Educated, Study Says

On John Goodmean’s Health Policy Blog, author Greg Scandlen takes note of a recent report that ties consumer-driven health plan usage to educational level. A survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute – an organization Scandlen says… more »


  06:17:31 pm, by MedBen5   , 195 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Children's Reform Provisions Affect Enrollments, Costs

The Affordable Care Act provision that allows young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans has, not unexpectedly, resulted in employers expanding their benefits coverage. The Los Angeles Times reports employers have seen an… more »


  02:21:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Self-funding More Beneficial Than Ever

Employee Benefit News spotlights the benefits of self-funded plans – something that we here at MedBen also like to do from time to time (okay, a bit more frequently than that). Author Michelle M. Stimson says the passage of federal health care… more »
  01:22:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Birth Control, Other Women's Preventive Services To Be Covered At 100%

Beginning August 2012, health care plans will be required to cover in full the cost of contraception and other women’s preventive health services. Medscape Today reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will expand the… more »


  05:43:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management

Bill Would Allow FSA Members To Keep Excess Funds

There’s plenty of positive news – well, potentially positive, anyway – these days for flexible spending account (FSA) participants. Last month, legislation was introduced in Congress that would overturn the requirement to have a… more »


  05:41:38 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Heart Disease Prevention Benefits Physically And Financially

Preventing health disease saves lives but can also aid the nation’s struggling economy, says a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). WebMD reports that direct and indirect costs of the disease topped $450 billion in 2010, and… more »
  04:56:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Legal Group Asks Supreme Court To Review Individual Mandate

The highest court in the land may be one step closer to deciding the question of whether Americans can be required to purchase health insurance. Earlier this week, the Thomas More Law Center asked the Supreme Court to review and overturn an appeal court… more »


  05:52:51 pm, by MedBen5   , 223 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

CMS Report Predicts Big Jump In Health Care Spending

Americans will continue to see health spending rise this decade, from $2.6 trillion last year to a projected $4.6 trillion in 2020, CNN reports. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that with the introduction of the Affordable… more »
  10:34:42 am, by MedBen5   , 177 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Mammography Software Ineffective In Finding Tumors, Study Says

Computer-aided detection technology (CAD) used in conjuction with breast cancer screenings doesn’t help doctors find invasive tumors, according to new research. Medical Xpress reports that not only did radiologists find tumors at a similar stage… more »

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