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03/25/18

  07:18:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Reversing Diabetes Growth Takes Focused Wellness Effort

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources paint a grim picture of the growing prevalence of diabetes, as well as its attendant physical effects: More than 29 million Americans are diabetic. Approximately 19… more »

03/11/18

  10:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Research

Study Reveals Opioids No More Effective Than Safer Alternatives

Nowadays, opioid painkillers usually make the headlines because of their addictive properties, rather than their therapeutic advantages. But new research has raised questions as to whether such benefits have been overstated. A year-long study of… more »

02/11/18

For MedBen, Beating Trend Is All in the Details

In recent years, U.S. health care spending has slowed significantly compared to the double-digit cost spikes we saw a decade ago. But there’s still room for improvement, so MedBen uses multiple containment strategies to keep client claim costs under… more »

01/12/18

  02:55:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: Dental, Research, Preventive care

Benefits of Dental Care Go Well Beyond Clean Teeth

Dental checkups do much more than giving your teeth a good cleaning. Through twice-yearly exams, a dentist can monitor the condition of the teeth and gums to spot subtle changes that may need attention. But that's only the half of it. Research shows… more »

12/01/17

  08:11:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Nearly Half of Cancer Cases Preventable, Study Finds

A new study suggests that nearly half of cancer cases in the U.S. can be attributed to unhealthy habits – habits that could be changed through a focus on wellness and maintaining a doctor-patient relationship. The American Cancer Society study found… more »

11/05/17

  11:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 279 words,  
Categories: News, Heart, Research

Study Calls into Question Value of Heart Stents

British researchers have determined that a regimen of medications can be just as effective in treating heart patients as a coronary stent insertion to open blocked arteries. The results raise questions about the value of using stents for the treatment… more »
  01:55:00 am, by MedBen5   , 220 words,  
Categories: Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration, Trend, Claims management

MedBen Beats Trend by Focusing on Claim Costs

Medical plan trend has kept stable over the last few years. Even so, MedBen has consistently remained under national trend by emphasizing the highest driver of plan costs – claims. According to the 2018 Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey, medical… more »

08/11/17

  07:30:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 316 words,  
Categories: Security, Research, ISO

MedBen Uses Technology, Training to Protect Your Personal Data

While ransomware attacks have increased during the first half of 2017, accidental data breaches caused by employee error are also a serious problem, according to new research by Beazely, a breach insurance company. As reported by Benefits Pro, employee… more »

07/30/17

  09:26:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 231 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Cost savings, Research

Working Together, MedBen and Employers Consistently Beat Rx Trends

Keeping prescription drug plan costs in check is one of the greatest challenges for self-funded employers nowadays... but year after year, MedBen is helping clients beat pharmacy cost trends. From 2014 to 2016, MedBen clients experienced average… more »

06/04/17

  03:29:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 170 words,  
Categories: Research, Third party administration, Vision, Self-funding

Vision Coverage Looks Good, Employees Say

Adding vision benefits to a group health care plan sends a positive message to employees and serves as a useful retention tool, a recent survey reveals. According to the Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey (via BenefitsPRO), an overwhelming… more »

05/02/17

  06:43:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 160 words,  
Categories: News, Hospitals, MedBen Analytics, Bundled Payments, Research, Value-based care

With Readmissions, Cost Savings Are in the Details

Among the advantages of MedBen Analytics' proprietary reporting platform is that it allows providers to drill down into hospital readmission data. Now, a new study demonstrates the financial value of this accessibility. University of Michigan… more »

04/20/17

  09:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 207 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness, Research

Prescription Adherence Crucial to Better Population Health

The New York Times reports that approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10% of hospitalizations can be attributed to lack of prescription adherence. From a financial perspective, negligence costs the American health care system between $100 billion… 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 »

03/24/17

  07:41:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Vision

Eye Exam Can Be a Window to Disease Detection

Poets and singers like to expound upon things we can see in other people's eyes... love, hurt, the world, and so on. To that list we may soon add "poor leg circulation." According to HealthDay News, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore… more »

02/23/17

  03:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 230 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Ancillary benefits

Heart Disease Costs Expected to Double by 2035

Heart disease continues to amass physical and financial costs nationwide... a difficult situation that could be greatly alleviated through a collective focus on wellness. A new American Heart Association report estimates that heart disease-related… more »

02/12/17

  11:33:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 256 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research

Health Care Costs Top Consumer Concerns... and MedBen's, Too

Even with issues like national security and immigration grabbing the headlines these days, health care costs still rank high on the list of American concerns, a new survey suggests. Likewise, finding ways to control client health care costs continually… more »
  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 »

01/17/17

  10:24:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 350 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Research, Population health management

An Optimistic Outlook on 2017

For most, a new year brings new resolutions. Year after year, weight-related goals are among the top resolutions. Unfortunately, only 8% of all resolutions are achieved. But what if you veer from the traditional route and don’t focus on diet and… 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 »

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