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10/02/15

  10:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Heart

MedBen ICD Placement Reviews Save Clients Millions

The federal government is currently challenging hospitals regarding excessive and inappropriate use of implantable cardiac devices (ICDs)... the same excessive and inappropriate use MedBen has been catching for years. According to Modern Healthcare,… more »

10/01/15

  11:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Provider Networks, Heart

ICD-10 Code Switchover Today; MedBen Ready To Roll

Today the day when providers begin using the new ICD-10 medical coding system. The rollout comes after multiple deadline extensions -- but all along, MedBen has been preparing for the changeover and is ready to handle the new codes. The new system… more »

09/23/15

  10:36:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 373 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Offers Health Coverage Data Reporting Services

As you know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its supporting regulations require that all employers offering health benefits to their employees report on certain health coverage information. Health coverage data collected during 2015 must be aggregated… more »

09/21/15

  04:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 198 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Bipartisan Effort To Change ACA Small Employer Rule Gaining Steam

"Members of Congress from both parties [...] are calling for changes in the Affordable Care Act to prevent premium increases that are expected to affect workers at many small and midsize companies next year," The New York Times reports: "At issue is a… more »

08/28/15

  10:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Employers Seeing Bigger Health Care Cost Increases, But MedBen Defies Trends

The state of health care costs in 2015, summed up in two new surveys (per Business Insurance): "Large employers are projecting health care costs before implementing plan design changes to increase an average of 6% in 2016, according to a National… more »

08/27/15

  06:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Dental

Dental Coverage Reduces Need For Costly ER Visits

Dental benefits are sometimes an afterthought for employers when developing a group health care plan. But as a recent USA Today article makes clear, such coverage offers a valuable advantage -- financial as well as health-wise. According to the… more »

08/18/15

  05:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 335 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Despite Predictions, Employer-Sponsored Coverage Remains Strong -- And For Good Reason

"Reports Of The Death Of Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Are Greatly Exaggerated," reads the headline of a recent Forbes article. Blogger Todd Hixon cites a 2011 study that foretold a 30% drop in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESHI) would… more »

08/11/15

  10:31:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 673 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Department of Labor Updates Exempt Employee, Independent Contractor Definitions

Recently, the Department of Labor updated its position on a couple of topics relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Below is a summary of these new rules. Definition of Exempt Employee First, the DOL has promulgated new rules which will… more »

08/03/15

  10:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 381 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

How the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Affects Spousal Benefits

As you no doubt remember, on June 26 the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that the “Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same-sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same-sex… more »

07/30/15

  06:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 277 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Reporting, Cost savings

Health Care Spending Is Creeping Up; MedBen Can Help Employers Keep It Down

Health care spending rose 5.5% in 2014, according to a new report published on in the journal Health Affairs -- the first comparatively large increase following multiple years of more modest growth. Economists from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… more »

07/17/15

  08:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Provider Networks

Provider Choice Or Lower Costs? Why Not Both?

Provider choice is significantly more limited for individualsl covered through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, Modern Healthcare reports: "A report released Wednesday by consulting research firm Avalere Health found that plans offered through… more »

07/16/15

  03:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Client Services

For Employee Enrollment, The Personal Touch Makes A Big Difference

While online convenience is certainly critical to doing business in the 21st century, people still like the personal touch... and it's why face-to-face interaction remains a important component of the MedBen business model. A recent U.S. Worker Survey… more »

07/13/15

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

New Rules Aim To Address Religious Objections To Birth Control Mandate

Last week, the Obama administration released new rules in hopes of putting to rest a hot-button issue under health care reform -- the requirement that employers must provide free contraceptive coverage to female employees. Under this latest proposal,… more »

07/08/15

  08:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

More States Legislating Patient Costs For Specialty Drugs

An increasing number of states are placing ceiling on the amount that patients are required to pay for specialty drugs, Stateline reports: "At least seven states — Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York and Vermont — limit the… more »

07/03/15

MedBen Closed on July 3, But Online Services Always Available

Happy Independence Day from MedBen! In observance of the holiday, our home office will be closed on Friday, July 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6. It's always our hope that during any holiday, health care claim matters are the last thing on… more »

06/30/15

  04:49:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 264 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Same-sex Marriage Ruling Expands (And Reduces) Group Coverage Options

The landmark Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage nationwide will have a substantial impact on group health care coverage, says Kaiser Health News: "The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the… more »

06/23/15

  10:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 281 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Stop-loss, Cost savings

MedBen Captives Enable Smaller Employers To Take Advantage Of Reinsurance Opportunities

Midsize and smaller employers are increasingly making the switch to self-funded health care coverage due in part to greater reinsurance availability, says a leading stop-loss carrier... and at MedBen, we're helping these employers benefit from the… more »

06/19/15

  04:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 283 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Cost savings

FSA Carryover Rule Has Increased Participation, Employers Say

Since the IRS announced in 2013 that flexible spending account participants could carry over up to $500 of their unused funds to the following year, many employers have added the option to their FSA plan. (About half of MedBen clients that offer FSAs… more »

06/16/15

  07:12:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 300 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Most Americans Say Drug Costs Too High, Drugmakers To Blame

Despite the fact that most people who take prescription drugs say can afford to purchase them, Americans overwhelmingly feel that the costs of such drugs are "unreasonable," a new poll finds. The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 74% of… more »

06/11/15

  04:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 379 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings

Embedded Maximum Requirement May Necessitate Plan Changes

On May 26, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury released a clarification as to whether or not self-funded health care plans are subject to a new Affordable Care Act regulation regarding family out-of-pocket costs. The short… more »

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