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11/11/16

  11:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 201 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

More Smaller Groups Making the Self-funded Switch

The shift from fully-insured group insurance to self-funded coverage continues, with more and more businesses realizing its savings potential. And not just large companies, either... as benefit managers like MedBen offer solutions to minimize risk, even… 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 »

10/07/16

  04:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Colon Cancer: What's Your Gut Telling You?

Colonoscopies are critical to the early detection and treatment of colon cancer, but they're not the only thing that can help you spot the disease. You also have to pay attention to signals from your digestive system, researchers warn. "The old saying… more »

09/28/16

  05:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 282 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

Health Spending Spike: What's Your Plan?

U.S. health care spending growth has been relatively moderate this decade, but some recent numbers suggest that costs could soon see an upswing. For employers, it's an ideal time to review their current health plan administrator and ensure that measures… more »

09/11/16

  07:58:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Cost savings, Research

Regular Exercise Can Save You Money

Here's a good reason to promote the value of exercise to your employees: It could save them $2,500 a year. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an analysis of 26,239 men and women found that just 30… more »

09/02/16

  04:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Heart, Research

MedBen WellLiving Helps Detect Chronic Diseases Earlier

Heart disease and cancer rank as the number one and two causes of death in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two diseases are trending in opposite directions ‒ but in both cases,… more »

08/31/16

  03:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 268 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Cost savings, Research, Third party administration

Self-funding Switch Makes Financial, Regulatory Sense

A new benefits survey indicates that the trend of switching from fully insured to self-insured is expected to grow by 35% in the next two years. This is to no surprise since fully-insured groups continue to see high premium cost growth. According to… 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 »

08/22/16

  07:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 246 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Bundled Payments, Research

Employers Take Lead with Value-Based Benefit Designs

As more hospitals gravitate away from traditional fee-for-service to alternative payments methods, self-funded groups are making changes to their health care plans to capitalize on the potential savings. According to an analysis by the National Business… more »

08/19/16

  07:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Health Care Reform, Research

Private Exchanges — Hype Doesn’t Equal Interest

There's been a lot of hype lately about how private health insurance exchanges ‒ a system in which employees receive a set allowance to select an insurance plan from multiple vendors ‒ are the next big thing in group coverage. But as is… more »

08/09/16

  10:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 234 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Cancer, Cost savings, Heart, Research, Diabetes

Physical Inactivity in U.S. Running up a Hefty Price Tag

Sitting on the sofa all day may be relaxing, but it's costing our country a lot of money. According to Benefits Pro, a new study finds that physical inactivity costs the U.S. $27.8 billion annually, an amount researchers label a conservative estimate.… more »

08/08/16

  10:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 225 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cost savings, Research, Ancillary benefits

MedBen Controls High Claimant Costs through Claims Management, Early Detection

High cost claimants are among the leading contributors to health care spending, topping even medical inflation, pharmaceuticals, and specific diseases. A study from the American Health Policy Institute and Leavitt Partners found that claimants who cost… more »

08/04/16

  03:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Security, Privacy, Research

Ransomware Threats Require a Strong Defense

When it comes to matters of personal security, sometimes common-sense solutions are the most effective ‒ which is why MedBen performs full backups of electronic client data and stores it offsite at a secure location. Recent ransomware outbreaks… 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 »

07/22/16

  10:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management, Stop-loss, Cost savings, Research

Cancer, Other Catastrophic Claims Account for Half of Stop-loss Reimbursements

Only ten ailments account for over half of all stop-loss reimbursements, finds a new study that demonstrates the importance of such coverage for self-funded employers. MedBen is here to help groups with stop-loss advise and cost control strategies.… 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 »

06/01/16

  12:06:00 am, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Obesity is a Chronic Disease, Physician Group Says

The growing number of obese adults in America is sometimes referred to as an "epidemic," even though medical efforts to address the problem tend to be more isolated in nature than cooperative. Now a major physician group is encouraging doctors to work… more »

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