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12/16/16

  08:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 340 words,  
Categories: Hospitals, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments, Value-based care

Value-based Care Will Thrive Regardless of ACA's Future

While the recent election has created much uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there's a strong likelihood that a number of its individual provisions will survive in one form or another ‒ among them, the push to switch… more »

06/30/16

Time Has Come for Commercial Bundled Payments, Fraker Says

The use of bundled payments in commercial settings can reduce costs and help self-funded plans rely less on networks, MedBen Vice President of Compliance Caroline Fraker commented during a webinar on June 23. "Plan sponsors are looking for lower cost… more »
  12:13:00 am, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals

Even Post-Reform, ER Visits in US Still High

Despite the hope that an influx of new insureds through the Affordable Care would reduce the rate of emergency room (ER) visits, new data indicates that patients still seek care there at disproportionately high numbers. It highlights the need to offer… more »

06/13/16

  10:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: Reporting, Hospitals, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

MedBen Analytics Converts Data to Insight, Harden Says at Bundled Payment Summit

MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden was among the presenters at the Sixth National Bundled Payment Summit in Washington, DC on June 9. Speaking at the event's Innovation Showcase, Harden discussed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) bundled… more »

04/14/16

  10:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Research

Metro Hospital Preference Runs Counter to Study's Cost-Quality Connection

A new study suggests that most Americans think that the paying more for medical care doesn't ensure higher quality... but the tendency of many patients to gravitate toward pricier metropolitan hospitals would suggest otherwise. That's why MedBen works… more »

03/25/16

  01:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: Announcements, Prescription, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen University

2015 Trend for MedBen Hospital Clients Less Than 3%

At the 14th Annual MedBen Hospital Roundtable on March 24, Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus revealed in 2015, total medical and pharmacy costs for the company's hospital block increased only 2.8% from 2014. This continues a five-year… more »

02/24/16

  11:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 189 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Heart, Research

Growing Focus on Outpatient Care Saving Health Plans, Consumers Money

A new series of studies shows that employer health plans can save thousands of dollars by encouraging the use of outpatient facilities for certain medical treatments. Forbes reports. The studies examined four common medical procedures – hysterectomy,… more »

02/22/16

  11:39:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 323 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Hospitals, Cost savings, Heart, Third party administration

More Hospital Settlements as Justice Department Ends ICD Investigation

The U.S. Justice Department has made its final round of settlements with hospitals suspected of excessive use of implantable cardiac devices (ICDs) following a five-year study. Meanwhile, MedBen has been protecting clients from this expensive practice… more »

02/11/16

  10:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 259 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

As Providers Shift to Value-based Payments, MedBen Analytics Offers Actionable Insights

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is taking bold measures to move Medicare payments from the traditional model to alternatives based on the value of the services given. MedBen Analytics is currently working with providers nationwide to… more »

01/27/16

  10:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 529 words,  
Categories: News, Reporting, Hospitals, Cost savings, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments

Data Transparency Leads to Success in Bundled Payments, Harden Says at Conference

"Data transparency will help drive success in the new world of value-based and bundled payments." That's the message MedBen President and COO Kurt Harden shared with hospital, health system, and provider group representatives at the 2nd Annual Bundled… more »

01/21/16

  06:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 335 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Hospitals

End-of-Life Care More Costly in U.S., but Hospital Stays Lower

A new study of end-of-life practices in the United States and other industrialized nations suggests that while American doctors are more aggressive in their treatment of terminally ill cancer patients, most patients do spend their final days in places… more »

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 »

10/07/14

  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 »