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  11:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 320 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

ACA Hasn't Lowered Group Health Care Costs, Says MedBen President

The Affordable Care Act hasn't helped to employers reduce their group health care costs, said MedBen President & COO Kurt Harden in a recent interview. But it has resulted in more fully-insured groups exploring the benefits of self-funding their… more »


  09:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings

Ability To Compare Health Care Costs Saves Patients Money, Study Finds

When it comes to health care cost savings -- in particular, the money that comes out of the patient's pocket -- every little bit helps. And a new study suggests that with a bit of research, patients can keep a bigger share of their hard-earned money.… more »


  05:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 360 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Taxes

Maintaining Grandfathered Plan Status Now May Cost Employer Later

More than four years since the signing of the Affordable Care Act, over one-third of businesses still offer a grandfathered plan. But the proportion of these plan structures has dropped dramatically since 2010... and in all likelihood will disappear for… more »


  09:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 99 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management

MedBen Closing Early On October 24

On Friday, October 24, MedBen will be closing at 12:00 p.m. EST for a companywide employee recognition event. We will reopen at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 27. Remember that even when live service representatives aren't available, many of your… more »


  11:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 304 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans

CDHPs Key To Employer Plan Changes, Reduced Cost Growth

In several recent blog posts, we touched on the importance of change in keeping employer benefit cost increases down -- not change for the sake of change, but change based on a clear understanding of what changes should be made and how they can benefit… more »


  10:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 218 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Welcomes Ricketts to Sales & Marketing Team

MedBen is pleased to announce the addition of Brooke Ricketts to the MedBen Sales and Marketing team. In her role as Regional Sales Manager, Ricketts will serve current and prospective MedBen clients in Indiana and Southwestern Ohio. Ricketts comes to… more »


  09:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Taking the Stress Out of Health Care Costs

For many people, finances and stress go together like peanut butter and jelly. As financial burdens increase, so does the level of stress. And this can be especially true when you add health care into the mix. While your health plan does its best to… more »


  09:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Hospitals

As Hospital Costs Increase, Push Toward Outpatient Care Also Grows

An interesting essay on the state of modern hospitalization and the shift toward outpatient care, by internist Saquib Rahim: "With increasing frequency, the goal of inpatient care has become to address and stabilize a patient's active medical issues so… more »


  09:38:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 457 words,  
Categories: News, Discounts, Health Plan Management

Advanced Claims Surveillance Helps To Protect Against Questionable Billing

The New York Times recently shared the story of Peter Drier, a 37-year-old bank technology manager who underwent neck surgery for herniated disks last December. Mr. Drier had done his homework prior to the procedure, so he had a pretty good idea of the… more »


  11:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 312 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

MedBen Helps Employers Make Changes For The Better

In a recent post on health care cost trends, we reported the findings of a Mercer survey which indicated that employer benefit costs are likely to increase between 3.9% and 5.9% in 2015. We also noted that individual results were heavily dependent on… more »


  06:05:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 331 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Reporting

Private Exchanges Take Cost Control From Employer’s Hands

A recent report by the National Business Group on Health concludes that when it comes to private exchanges, self-insured employers are taking a cautious approach – and rightfully so. Because despite their prominence of late, there's no evidence that a… more »


  09:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 267 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Painkiller Statistics Underscore Need For Alternate Care Solutions

Two major news organizations have approached a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from differing perspectives. "Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down," says USA Today, while ABC News warns "Prescription drug deaths keep rising."… more »


  04:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Diabetes Problem Continues To Grow; MedBen WellLiving Can Help Control Condition

Some sobering federal health statistics: Nearly half of adults have either pre-diabetes or diabetes, raising their risk of heart attacks, blindness, amputations and cancer. According to USA Today, 12.3% of Americans 20 and older have diabetes, either… more »


  11:11:00 am, by MedBen5   , 345 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

MedBen Savings Solutions Defy Health Care Cost Trends

Another day, another survey… Hot on the heels of this week’s Kaiser report showing modest health plan premium growth comes a survey from Mercer L.L.C. which suggests that the average rate of increase in health benefit costs has begun to… more »


  12:03:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 226 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Consumer-driven Health Plans

Health Benefits Survey Reveals Only Moderate Premium Growth In 2014

Premiums for employer-sponsored health care plans saw only moderate growth for the third consecutive year, Kaiser Health News reports. Based on the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of over 2,000 employers nationwide, family premiums rose 3% in… more »


  11:42:38 am, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans, Online Services

We're Closed Labor Day, But Online Services Stay Open

Happy Labor Day from MedBen…we hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend and sends out the summer on a high note! We’ll be closed on Monday, September 1 to celebrate the holiday and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.… more »


  05:08:24 pm, by MedBen5   , 298 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

More Benefits Info Digital, But Group, 1-on-1 Communication Still Popular

As our society increasingly equates “social” with “computer accessible", the methods we use to convey information has adapted accordingly. No surprise there. But how does that apply to communicating employee benefits? Employee… more »


  04:16:23 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Committed To Besting Health Care Price Trends

Health care prices nationwide have recently risen faster than general inflation, following an extended period of historically slow growth. But at MedBen, we’re committed to saving our clients money regardless of price trends. According to a new… more »


  11:02:34 am, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Formal Deadline Set For ICD-10 Conversion

And this time we really, really mean it… The Department of Health and Human services have formally set a October 1, 2015, compliance date for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes, Modern Healthcare reports. Originally scheduled to… more »


  04:35:41 pm, by MedBen5   , 217 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

MedBen Helps Fully-insured Groups Make The Self-funded Switch

Last year, 70% of the self-funding proposal requests to MedBen originated from fully-insured employers… a number we expect to rise in 2014. The Affordable Care Act has caused a dramatic shift in the cost and the demands of heath care coverage –… more »

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