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Category: "Preventive care"

07/16/17

  09:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 251 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Preventive care

"Physician First" Wellness Takes a Long-Term View

A common excuse for not getting an annual wellness exam: "I feel fine, so why waste my time and money seeing a doctor?" But by taking this narrow view of regular check-ups, many people fail to understand that their benefits go well beyond current health… more »

06/30/17

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes, Preventive care

Diabetes, WellLiving and "An Ounce of Prevention"

With nearly 10 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, it's imperative that the individuals take the proper steps to control the disease if they have it, and prevent it if they don't. By introducing MedBen WellLiving to a group health care program,… more »

06/20/17

  05:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 382 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Preventive care

Cholesterol: The Waxy Substance that Blocks Arteries

Imagine pouring candle wax into a straw, letting it dry, and then trying to drink from that straw. Depending on how much candle wax you used, you’d probably agree that you’d be lucky to get a drop of liquid from your cup to your mouth, if any at all.… more »

04/18/17

  03:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Task Force, Doctors Weigh in on Screening Start Dates

Two cancer screening-related items recently made the news, both of which address the question of when (or if) such tests are appropriate: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has walked back from its 2012 position that most men should… more »

04/05/17

  05:10:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Preventive care

Primary Care Critical to Population Health Management

The importance of primary care physicians to improved population health goes well beyond "simple office visits," says Asaf Bitton, an internist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, to The Daily Briefing:… more »

03/26/17

Hospital Roundtable Features Expanded Benchmarking, Population Health Insights

The 15th Annual MedBen Hospital Roundtable, held at the C. Arthur Morrow Conference Center in Newark, Ohio on March 23, gave attendees the chance to review hospital health plan usage trends and compare their plan costs to those of other hospital groups.… more »

02/12/17

  11:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Cancer Mortality Falls as Prevention Efforts Step Up

A new report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) shows encouraging trends on cancer survival ‒ a decline in death rates that coincides with a greater emphasis on preventive care through programs like MedBen WellLiving. Since the early 1990's,… more »

01/13/17

  07:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care, Population health management

Hypertension a Global Problem; MedBen WellLiving Offers Personal Solutions

Because high blood pressure, or hypertension, is closely linked to other chronic conditions, researchers regularly use it as a barometer of health. Likewise, population health programs like MedBen WellLiving stress the role that reducing hypertension… more »

12/30/16

  09:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Diabetes Tops List of U.S. Health Care Spending

The U.S. spends more on diabetes than any other medical condition, according to a new analysis that underscores the impact that a wellness-driven workplace can have on reducing health care costs. HealthDay reports that in 2013, Americans spent $101… more »

12/02/16

  08:15:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 232 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Controlling Chronic Conditions Key to Healthier, Longer Lives

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 80, followed by cancer, stroke, and asthma, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. But there's good news, too ‒ between 2010 and 2014,… more »

11/02/16

  02:52:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 270 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care

Controlling High Blood Pressure Benefits Mind and Body

When discussing hypertension, we tend to focus on its physical effects, such as its link to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But doctors warn that high blood pressure may affect your mental capacity as well. According to HealthDay News, a new… more »

10/19/16

  01:19:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Hypertension, Preventive care, Ancillary benefits

MedBen WellLiving a Strong Foundation for Healthy Habits

Unhealthy habits can be a vicious cycle, in that chronic conditions make people more susceptible to a heart attack, which in turn can serve to further exacerbate those conditions. But just like in sports, the best offense is a good defense ‒ in… more »

10/12/16

  07:50:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 236 words,  
Categories: Research, Hypertension, Preventive care, Vision

Good Vision Coverage Promotes Proper Eye Care

Employees who have vision benefits tend to take better care of their eyes, a new analysis finds. It's another reason why group vision coverage through MedBen VisionPlus is an affordable way to promote employee health that goes beyond standard medical… more »

08/28/16

  11:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Dropping, but Concerns Remain

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against routine screenings of prostate cancer has resulted in fewer diagnoses for the disease, new research finds. But the question remains as to whether more men will ultimately develop… more »

07/26/16

  10:42:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive care

Healthy Lifestyles Can Prevent 90% of Strokes

It should come as little surprise that a proven wellness program like MedBen WellLiving can help to reduce the risk of serious health conditions. But a new study shows just how much an impact regular preventive care can make. According to HealthDay… more »

07/21/16

  04:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 202 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Preventive care, Ancillary benefits, Vision

Good Vision Coverage More Than Just an "Add-on"

Vision care is typically described as an ancillary benefit, but its advantages make it more than just an add-on. MedBen VisionPlus offers a great complement to your group medical and pharmacy coverage. HealthDay News reports that, according to a new… more »

07/12/16

  09:17:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 239 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cost savings, Heart, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension, Preventive care

Chronic Conditions Seldom Stop at Just One

Chronic health conditions are often closely linked -- that is, one existing condition contributes to the development of another. It's a major reason that MedBen WellLiving places such a great emphasis on the ongoing doctor-patient relationship. For… more »

07/08/16

  05:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 349 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care, Compliance

ACA Preventive Care Compliance Doesn't Stop with New Recommendations

Recently, we discussed here how MedBen helps to keep self-funded, non-grandfathered plans compliant with new preventive care requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, it's not enough to just monitor new recommendations — we also… more »

06/02/16

  05:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 271 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Preventive care

The Zika Virus: Causes and Prevention

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've likely heard and read stories about the Zika virus disease. While the virus has been known of since 1947, it had until recently remained largely confined to outbreaks in tropical Africa,… more »

05/25/16

  05:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 497 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Preventive care

MedBen Helps to Keep Your Preventive Care Benefits Compliant

With all the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations self-funded employers have to follow, it's easy to overlook regular updates to required preventive care. But MedBen keeps a close eye on the latest recommendations so you don't have to. Under the ACA,… more »