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Harden CEO Promotion Spotlighted in Columbus Business First

06/17/18

Harden CEO Promotion Spotlighted in Columbus Business First

Kurt Harden, MedBen President & CEO

In a new Columbus Business First article, reporter Carrie Ghose interviewed MedBen President Kurt Harden and Executive Chairman Doug Freeman about Harden's recent promotion to CEO as well as the company's recent activities and future plans.

Freeman noted that Harden's promotion was part of an ongoing leadership transition plan. “As we have grown and diversified, Kurt has been personally in charge of those growth projects,” he said. “It was obvious he was going to be the guy who took over.”

In addition to managing MedBen's third party administration (TPA) and worksite wellness services, Harden spearheaded the creation of MedBen Analytics, a bundled payment reporting platform that converts Medicare data into actionable insights. In doing so, MedBen has expanded its client base to include hospital billing systems.

As the article mentions, Harden has also led recent changes to MedBen's pharmacy program and dental coverage.

The interview also touched on the financial aspects of the company's evolution from traditional group health insurance to administrative services for self-funded employers. Putting the focus on self-funding offered clients greater freedom in plan design and cost control, in addition to offering greater financial predictability for MedBen. As a TPA, "you know what your costs are," Freeman said.

Read the full article at the Columbus Business First website.

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