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07/27/11

  05:08:09 pm, by MedBen5   , 338 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Well On Pace To Meet HIPAA 5010 Standards

To ensure that personal information is handled in strict accordance with federal government regulations, MedBen is in the process of upgrading its computer coding to comply with HIPAA 5010 transaction standards. All health benefit companies and… more »

07/26/11

  01:29:43 pm, by MedBen5   , 238 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Keeping The Patient Front And "Centered"

Evan Falchuk, on his See First blog, examines “patient-centered care” – how it benefits patient and provider alike, and how a growing problem puts the concept in jeopardary. Falchuk highlights a recent University of California study which notes… more »
  11:15:05 am, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

"Gaming" Health Care Reform Loopholes

When you write a 2,700-page piece of legislation, it’s inevitable you’re going to accidently drop in a loophole here and there (and there, and there…). John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog spotlights a dispatch from Chris Jacobs,… more »

07/25/11

  04:39:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Ohio Will Build A State Insurance Exchange, Governor Says

Add Ohio to the list of the states that will create its own health insurance exchange. Gov. John Kasich said last week that plans are moving forward to build a marketplace that would allow uninsured individuals and small businesses to purchase… more »

07/22/11

  12:49:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 158 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health Panel Recommends Free Birth Control Coverage

An Institute of Medicine panel has recommended that all health insurance plans be required to cover female contraceptives in full under the Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. The Department of Health and Human Services, which will… more »

07/20/11

  06:10:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Dental Exam Can Detect Onset Of Diabetes, Study Finds

A new study spotlighted in Medical News Today clearly demonstrates that the benefits of the dental exam go beyond healthier teeth and gums. Researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that regular checkups can help dentists… more »

07/15/11

  03:42:52 pm, by MedBen5   , 274 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Employers, Government Debate The "Full-Time" Definition

Some larger employers are pushing the Internal Revenue Service to redefine “full-time worker” as it pertains to health care coverage, The Wall Street Journal reports. (The article is available only to WSJ subscribers.) The Affordable Care… more »

07/14/11

  11:10:18 am, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Exchange Rules Give States Some Elbow Room

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration has released regulations that give states greater flexibility in the design of health insurance exchanges – marketplaces that will enable uninsured individuals and small businesses to… more »

07/12/11

  04:31:03 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

FSA Debit Cards To Require PINs

A new Federal Reserve rule will require users of employee benefit cards, including MedBen’s “Benny” debit card, to have a personal identification number (PIN) in order to perform some transactions. The “Benny” card, which allows MedBen… more »
  12:46:17 pm, by MedBen5   , 176 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

Deconstructing Medicare's Administrative Cost Myth

Writing for Forbes, health care analyst Avik Roy breaks down the myth of Medicare’s “low administrative costs”. Noting that supporters of federal health care reform argue that Medicare’s administrative expenses are just 3% of its… more »

07/11/11

  05:22:08 pm, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Nearsightedness, Glaucoma May Be Linked, Study Suggests

Reuters recently reported that people who suffer from nearsightedness may be about 90% more likely to also develop glaucoma. Reviewing the findings of 11 previous vision studies, researchers recommended that nearsighted people – a third of the… more »

07/08/11

  05:52:54 pm, by MedBen5   , 223 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Mouthwash No Substitute For Dental Care

Chances are you know that gargling with mouthwash is no substitute for brushing and flossing. But apparently mouthwash manufacturers would like you to think otherwise – which is why the Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly been breathing… more »
  01:28:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 292 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health And Attitude Go Hand In Hand

On the subject of rising health care costs, John Kaegi, Chief Strategist of Healthstat Inc., hits the nail on the head (on the KevinMD.com blog): “As in most things, health has interconnected, but contrary forces – its “yin and yang.”… more »

07/07/11

  06:15:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Many Angioplasty Procedures Are Inappropriate, Study Finds

For most patients with coronary artery disease, an angioplasty is considered a proper method of treatment. But The Wall Street Journal reports that some doctors are too quick to use the $20,000 procedure in cases where disease symptoms are mild or even… more »

07/06/11

  04:15:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 155 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Federal Government Reduces High-Risk Insurance Premiums

NPR reports that the Obama administration has reduced premiums for high-risk insurance plans by as much as 40%. The action, effective July 1, was taken in response to initial enrollment numbers that have lagged well behind original projections.… more »

07/05/11

  05:02:33 pm, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

New Directory Uses Quantitative Data To Compare Local Providers

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports on a new online directory that can help patients find superior local health care. In “Comparing Health Care Quality: A National Directory“, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has gathered 224… more »

07/01/11

  02:46:10 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Flawed Reform Law Language Benefits Early Retirees

The Associated Press has spotted some “fuzzy math” in the Affordable Care Act that could cost older people some extra money… potentially as much as $1,200 a year for single adults, and substantially more for married couples. A… more »

06/30/11

  11:47:03 am, by MedBen5   , 237 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Appeals Court Upholds Affordable Care Act's Constitutionality

CNN reports that a federal appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled the Affordable Care Act constitutional. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 in favor of the Obama Administration and Congress – the first U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals to do so. At… more »

06/28/11

  05:04:11 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Gov't "Secret Shopper" Survey Has Doctors Divided (UPDATED)

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that, in order to gauge how difficult it is for people to get appointments with primary care physicians, the Department of Health and Human Services will recruit a team to pose as patients and call… more »

06/27/11

  06:03:30 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management

MedBen And The Better Health Care Strategies

On the blog KevinMD.com, writer and consultant Joe Flower has outlined “5 strategic tools to solve our healthcare woes“. Based on a survey of major employers, hospital systems and insurers (among others), Flower learned about participant… more »

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