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07/29/14

  12:16:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 448 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Taxes

IRS Posts Drafts Of Employer Mandate Forms

Even though the employer mandate has been delayed and faces opposition from a Republican-led House of Representatives, the Obama administration is pressing forward in its efforts to make “play or pay” a reality. Toward that end, the IRS has… more »

07/24/14

  11:47:52 am, by MedBen5   , 384 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

New MedBen Food Market Promotes Healthy Choices

FRED’s Café is officially open for business! On July 23, MedBen Benefit Configuration Specialist SueMarie Beaumont unveiled the sign that “bears” the name of the benefit management company’s new in-house convenience store.… more »

07/16/14

  04:15:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 337 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

MedBen Helps Employers Track Worksite Wellness Savings

A company that offers a worksite wellness program expects more for its efforts than the warm feeling that comes from doing its part to help plan members stay healthy. Understandably, it wants to see a tangible (read: monetary) return on its investment.… more »

07/15/14

  01:05:28 pm, by MedBen5   , 247 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Even Pre-ACA, Most Health Plans Covered Contraceptive Costs

The extensive media coverage of the recent Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive coverage – not to mention, the resultant political outcry – has somewhat overshadowed the reality that the decision affects only a small percentage of… more »

07/11/14

  03:52:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 276 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Report: Well Woman Exams From OB/GYNs May Not Tell Full Story

A new report suggests that women who get their annual wellness examinations from their family doctors receive a broader range of services, compared to those who get preventive tests from their obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs). “I think [primary… more »

07/09/14

  10:59:37 am, by medben9   , 268 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Benefit Planning With An Eye Toward Employees (And Job Seekers)

“Offering health benefits is critical to employee recruitment and retention,” says Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As such, most companies desire to offer a competitive… more »

06/27/14

  03:05:32 pm, by MedBen5   , 286 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Hospital, Physician's Office Outpatient Costs Can Vary Greatly, Study Finds

Some interesting research from the National Institute for Health Care Reform (NIHCR) demonstrates the usefulness of comparing outpatient care costs whenever possible. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization found that average hospital outpatient… more »

06/20/14

  05:27:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 321 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Reduce Your Group's Drug Costs Through A Better Rx Plan -- And A Healthier Workforce

According to HealthDay News, a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while growth of prescription drug use has slowed in recent years, overall numbers continue to rise. Nearly half of Americans said they took at… more »

06/19/14

  10:07:15 am, by MedBen5   , 261 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Stop-loss

Rise In Million-Dollar Claims Emphasizes Need For Smart Benefits Management

Occurrences of million-dollar medical claims are still comparatively small, but their numbers of late have grown considerably – another reason it pays for your business to take advantage of the sound health benefits management offered by MedBen.… more »

06/16/14

  04:23:29 pm, by medben9   , 233 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Track Your Wellness Compliance With MedBen Access

A little personal wellness knowledge can go a long way. To help people achieve better health, the U.S. Department Health and Human Services now has a website, myhealthfinder.com, that generates a series of lists of recommended testing based upon a… more »

06/12/14

  12:27:39 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Reporting

Intelligent Reporting Allows MedBen Clients To Judge Member Risk, See Care Gap

A recent overview of worksite wellness strategies cites health risk reduction as an emerging trend in measuring a program’s progress. “The fact that health risk reduction has become the leading success metric is important because health… more »

05/22/14

  01:28:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

MedBen Helps Employers Help Employees Keep Health Care Spending Low

Health care spending for families with employer-based health plans is continuing its slow growth, new research finds. According to the Associated Press, the actuarial firm Milliman projects that a typical American family of four will spend 5.4% more on… more »

05/19/14

  04:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Columbus Tops List Of Cities With High Blood Pressure

Columbus, Ohio has the dubious distinction of ranking first in hypertension patients, based on a study of the most populated cities in the U.S. According to MedCity News, research by iHealth revealed that 58% of Columbus patients suffer from elevated… more »

05/16/14

  10:58:39 am, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

For Spousal Coverage Limits, MedBen's Ahead Of The Curve

Long the subject of debate, the use of spousal coverage limits to control group health care costs has gained traction in recent months. But at MedBen, we’ve encouraged employers to adopt this money-saving option for some time now. According to… more »

05/14/14

  04:48:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 299 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Substantial Savings Potential For Popular Drugs With Therapeutic Equivalents

Some of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S. have therapeutic alternatives available at a fraction of the cost of the brand name equivalents… and MedBen can help you steer your plan members toward these less expensive options. The research firm… more »

05/01/14

  02:25:20 pm, by MedBen5   , 280 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform

Self-funding An Effective Hedge Against ACA Taxes

When employers consider making the switch from traditional health insurance to self-funded coverage, MedBen emphasizes the regulatory freedom self-funding offers. And we’re not just talking about less red tape here… there’s a inherent… more »

04/30/14

  11:34:35 am, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Stop-loss

Stop-loss Report Shows Employer Deductible Preferences

The Self-Insurance Educational Foundation recently released a new report containing some interesting information about employer medical stop-loss (ESL) coverage in 2013.The report, prepared by actuarial and consulting firm Milliman, used data from eight… more »

04/28/14

  03:56:50 pm, by MedBen5   , 135 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Consumer-driven Health Plans

IRS Announces 2015 HSA Inflation Adjustments

Last week, the IRS announced its annual cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year 2015. The HSA contribution limits and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) out-of-pocket maximums will both increase, as will the… more »

04/22/14

  04:44:06 pm, by MedBen5   , 311 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

Drug Study Results Highlights Need To Be Proactive About Generics

A new study of free drug samples makes a good case for why patients with prescriptions should always inquire about lower-cost alternatives… and take advantage of MedBen’s online Rx cost comparison service. From The New York Times:… more »

04/17/14

  12:50:56 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management

MedBen Goes Against U.S. Health Care Spending Trend

After several years of notably slow growth, U.S. health care spending took a bigger bump upward in 2013. Many MedBen clients, on the other hand, saw their costs going down last year. According to Reuters, a new report by IMS Health Holdings found that… more »

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