• Sunday, June 14, 2020
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Registration
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Tutorial
    Understanding Your Fiduciary Obligations Under ERISA
    Lisa Christensen, J.D., Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
    Michael E. Falcone, NFP
    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody LLP
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    This intensive, six-hour tutorial provides a comprehensive look at the fiduciary duties and obligations of retirement and healthcare plan sponsors. A team of highly respected ERISA experts covers issues ranging from the basic rules and regulations governing fiduciary responsibility to a more advanced look at contemporary and unfolding issues.  Among the retirement plan topics explored are Fiduciary Committee formation and governance, investment and fiduciary consulting models, selecting non-financial service providers, investing plan assets, using plan assets to pay expenses and current fiduciary litigation. Additional health plan topics include health plan contracting and oversight, notice and disclosure requirements, and a basic legal compliance primer.

    Speakers:

    Lisa Christensen, J.D.
    Special Counsel
    Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

    Lisa Christensen serves as special counsel in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including reviewing, revising, drafting documents and counseling clients with respect to plan administration and compliance with all applicable federal laws and state laws (including, but not limited to, requirements under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Medicare and/or Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)) relevant to employee benefit plans. Lisa regularly consults with clients on various correction methodologies when errors are discovered in qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit arrangements and executive compensation arrangements.

    Typical projects include reviewing, revising and negotiating services agreements with vendors; reviewing, revising and negotiating HIPAA business associate agreements (and other compliance materials), and counseling clients (both covered entities and business associates) regarding application of HIPAA privacy and security requirements; counseling ERISA plan fiduciaries as to cybersecurity responsibilities in connection with employee benefits; drafting change in control, severance, retention bonus, equity incentive, and executive employment agreements, and counseling clients on IRC Section 409A corrections in connection with same; and assisting with all benefits-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

    With respect to cybersecurity and data privacy, Lisa counsels clients on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, drafts compliance manuals and regularly conducts on-site and web-based training for multiple interested stakeholders across all business sectors on GDPR, HIPAA and other applicable privacy laws (foreign and domestic), as well as general data hygiene.

    Lisa regularly reviews services agreements and works with clients (and their vendors) in connection with data breaches; phishing attacks; loss or theft mobile devices; ransomware; reporting to customers, affected individuals, and federal and state agencies; and implementation of privacy and security policies and procedures. She also assists individuals with identity theft issues in connection with financial, medical, and criminal actions of identify thieves, including fraudulent filings of IRS Forms 1040 and state tax forms.

    Michael E. Falcone, NFP

    Michael E. Falcone
    Vice President, East Region
    NFP

    Michael Falcone is the vice president of the east coast retirement consulting practice for NFP, where he guides plan sponsors and their participants to financial wellness and long-term success. Part of NFP since 2007, Mr. Falcone has more than 25 years of experience in qualified plan design, investment due diligence, funding and participant communication. Previously he was a retirement consultant for Aon Consulting, and he is well-versed in managing individual plan requirements of all sizes for employers across a wide range of industries. Mr. Falcone is a frequent speaker at top industry events, most notably leading the full-day fiduciary best practices tutorial at the Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference for several years. In 2009 and 2010, he ranked on the 401kwire.com list of “Top 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution,” receiving recognition for being among the “Top 40” advisors in the large market segment. Mr. Falcone graduated with a B.S. in mathematics from Drexel University. Mr. Falcone holds the chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designations from The American College.

    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody LLP

    Christian D. Hancey, J.D.
    Partner
    Nixon Peabody LLP

    Christian Hancey is a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation group where he focuses on designing, reviewing and implementing a wide range of benefit and compensation programs structured to suit businesses and nonprofit organizations. He also counsels employers on all types of traditional benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, multiemployer plans, medical benefit plans, cafeteria plans and disability plans. Additionally, Mr. Hancey works with employers to manage the transition of employees and their benefits during and after a merger or acquisition as well as advise employers and administrative committees on fiduciary oversight of ERISA plans. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2016) within Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015, and was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Employee Benefits/ERISA law by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Self-Funding Forum
    Self-Funding Forum: Basic Concepts, Advanced Tactics and Compliance Insights
    Lisa Christensen, J.D., Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
    Dean M. Hoffman, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC
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    This all-inclusive, five-hour session begins with the basics of self-funding your health and welfare plan and progresses to more advanced tactics for risk mitigation. The speaker breaks down this funding arrangement into easy-to-understand segments and explains the “plug and play” approach to stop loss protection, claims administration, case management, pharmacy, data analytics, domestic medical travel, direct provider contracting and digital medicine. Gain an understanding of the emerging use of group captives along with the new level-funded and reference-based pricing arrangements. A seasoned employee benefits attorney also provides an overview of key compliance requirements and considerations. Gain insight into the variations of stop loss contracts, including recent hybrid contracts, and how they impact the employer’s risk tolerance and financial goals. Discuss real-world case studies and walk away from this session well-grounded in the concepts of self-funding and partial self-funding.

    Speakers:

    Lisa Christensen, J.D.
    Special Counsel
    Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

    Lisa Christensen serves as special counsel in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including reviewing, revising, drafting documents and counseling clients with respect to plan administration and compliance with all applicable federal laws and state laws (including, but not limited to, requirements under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Medicare and/or Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)) relevant to employee benefit plans. Lisa regularly consults with clients on various correction methodologies when errors are discovered in qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit arrangements and executive compensation arrangements.

    Typical projects include reviewing, revising and negotiating services agreements with vendors; reviewing, revising and negotiating HIPAA business associate agreements (and other compliance materials), and counseling clients (both covered entities and business associates) regarding application of HIPAA privacy and security requirements; counseling ERISA plan fiduciaries as to cybersecurity responsibilities in connection with employee benefits; drafting change in control, severance, retention bonus, equity incentive, and executive employment agreements, and counseling clients on IRC Section 409A corrections in connection with same; and assisting with all benefits-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

    With respect to cybersecurity and data privacy, Lisa counsels clients on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, drafts compliance manuals and regularly conducts on-site and web-based training for multiple interested stakeholders across all business sectors on GDPR, HIPAA and other applicable privacy laws (foreign and domestic), as well as general data hygiene.

    Lisa regularly reviews services agreements and works with clients (and their vendors) in connection with data breaches; phishing attacks; loss or theft mobile devices; ransomware; reporting to customers, affected individuals, and federal and state agencies; and implementation of privacy and security policies and procedures. She also assists individuals with identity theft issues in connection with financial, medical, and criminal actions of identify thieves, including fraudulent filings of IRS Forms 1040 and state tax forms.

    Dean M. Hoffman
    Benefits Consultant
    Dean M. Hoffman, LLC

    Dean Hoffman is a benefits consultant and the owner of consulting firm, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC, that provides employee benefit consulting services, customized training for plan sponsors, benefit managers, human resource professionals, agents, brokers and is often retained for expert witness testimony work. He has been in the employee benefit industry for more than 40 years, with an emphasis in group employee benefit plans. Mr. Hoffman has expertise in a broad range of employee benefits, including prescription plan analysis and all funding arrangements, including conventionally insured, minimum premium, retrospective, experience refund, stop loss, level funded and self-funding. His strategic leadership process is centered on providing solutions to plan sponsors seeking to maximize their healthcare benefits and enhance employee satisfaction while managing their healthcare expenditure. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his technical skills, advanced knowledge of ERISA plans, stop loss contracting, health care systems and data analysis to meet the needs of both the plan sponsor and employee. His knowledge on self-funded arrangements has made him a favorite at many health and welfare plan management conferences around the country. Professional affiliations include a 30-year membership in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and past president of its Wisconsin Chapter. Mr. Hoffman has been a long-time advocate on legislative issues affecting the employee benefits industry, including hosting Congressional briefings for members of Congress and the Wisconsin legislature about the health insurance marketplace and the advantages of self-funding. In addition to having served on the NAHU board of trustees, he has volunteered for a number of the organization’s committees, including most recently chairing the Professional Development Committee.

  • Monday, June 15, 2020
  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:00 am - 8:15 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 am - 8:30 am
    Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    20/20 Vision in 2020! Medical Advancements Worth Incorporating into Your Healthcare Benefits
    Marybeth Gray, Trion
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    Our world has never witnessed a time of greater promise for improving human health. Many of today’s health advances that have stemmed from scientific medical discovery efforts are now poised to change the future of health and build a solid foundation for a more individualized approach to health care. While these new breakthroughs are incredibly life-saving, they are also expensive. Are our health & welfare plan designs keeping up? This energetic presentation highlights the changes happening right now and offers attendees some thought-provoking and challenging insight on how benefit plans can change in 2020 with the vision of precision medicine!

    Speaker:

    Marybeth Gray
    Senior Vice President Health & Welfare Consulting
    Trion

    Marybeth Gray has worked in the employee benefits field for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a senior vice president of health and welfare consulting with Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency firm, supervising the overall account management for her clients. Skilled at analyzing companies’ healthcare costs and benefit plans, Ms. Gray is an expert in identifying financial opportunities and assisting with strategic planning, with special emphasis on large, self-insured clients. Previously, she was a vice president with Aon Consulting, where she specialized in utilization and data management for key cost drivers, as well as developing and redesigning pharmacy programs. Ms. Gray’s strategic approach is a direct result of her experience working as a national account manager with Aetna Inc., where she was responsible for overall account management, including the financial perspective and program operations for clients with more than 10,000 employee lives in multiple locations. She also served on the President’s Roundtable Committee for the firm, fostering communications between clients and the president’s office regarding suggested changes that would improve operational procedures. In 2017, Ms. Gray was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising” by Employee Benefit News. She is a member of the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C., a board member of UPMC Hamot Medical Center, and a speaker for Pennsylvania State University’s health policy and administration program. Ms. Gray graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in health policy and administration. She is licensed in accident, health, life and fixed annuities in 32 states.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    Establishing the Benchmark
    Matthew J. Eickman, J.D., Qualified Plan Advisors
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    Benchmarking presentations and ideas are a dime a dozen. Most are outdated and impractical. As we begin a new decade in a historically competitive labor environment, it’s paramount for employers to take an evolved approach to benchmarking philosophy all aspects of their retirement programs. In this engaging session, learn how an evolved process begins with a more thoughtful philosophical commitment, features a more practical analytical framework, and leads to a more ambitious perspective for taking participant-centered action.

    Speaker:

    Matthew J. Eickman, J.D.
    Director of ERISA Services
    Qualified Plan Advisors

    Matthew Eickman is the director of ERISA services for Qualified Plan Advisors and a member of the firm’s investment advisory committee. He provides fiduciary training, investment policy statement oversight and design, vendor oversight, and has designed services offered through the company’s Plan Health Solutions entity. Mr. Eickman has more than 11 years of private legal practice experience focusing exclusively on employee benefits and was previously a partner with Utz, Miller & Eickman LLC. While in private practice, he worked closely with sponsors and fiduciaries of defined contribution and defined benefit plans of all sizes—from a few to over 34,000 participants and with plan assets as high as $1.8 billion—and represented clients in front of the DOL, IRS and PBGC. Mr. Eickman is an active member of the employee benefits committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section, serving as chair of the defined contribution plans subcommittee and being honored as a Nolan Fellow. He also has been appointed to the IRS TE/GE Gulf States Council and is a frequent speaker on regulatory developments, fiduciary responsibilities and retirement readiness. Mr. Eickman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Baylor Law School. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Networking Reception
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    The Future of Retirement
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    Over the coming decade we are likely to see dramatic shifts in the nature of retirement benefits: how they are delivered, packaged, and consumed.  In this keynote session, learn about the key forces that will revolutionize how we think about retirement. 

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch and Speaker
    The Driving Force Behind Healthcare Benefits Innovation...Spoiler Alert: It’s You
    Paul Fronstin, Ph.D., Employee Benefit Research Institute
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    The employment-based health benefits system is the most common form of health coverage in the United States, covering 177 million people under age 65 in 2018. Many plan design innovations have come from creative employers attempting to better engage employees and/or make their health care benefit more affordable. Two recent examples are consumer-driven health benefits (CDHPs) and value-based insurance design (VBID). In this session, learn about the vital role employers play in health plan innovation and gain an understanding of the numerous potential threats the system faces in the future—most notably from public policy. Public policies related to the Cadillac tax, Medicare-for-all, and proposals that would allow insurance to be purchased in the individual market using employer funding may all affect whether there is an employment-based health benefits system in the future. This insightful keynote presentation examines the role of employers in plan design and care delivery innovation as well as the potential impact of public policy on the future of the employment-based health benefits system.

    Speaker:

    Paul Fronstin, Ph.D.
    Director, Health Research & Education Program
    Employee Benefit Research Institute

    Paul Fronstin is director of the Health Research and Education Program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to original public policy research and education on economic security and employee benefits. He oversees the Center for Research on Health Benefits Innovation and has been with EBRI since 1993. Dr. Fronstin’s research interests include trends in employment-based health benefits, consumer-driven health benefits, health savings accounts (HSAs), private health insurance exchanges, workplace wellness programs, retiree health benefits, employee benefits and taxation, and public opinion about health benefits and health care. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions and for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Dr. Fronstin also serves on the National Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. He is the associate editor of Benefits Quarterly and is also a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow. Dr. Fronstin served on the Maryland Health Care Commission from 2012-2016 and also served from 2015-2018 on the Maryland Patient Safety Center board of directors. He earned his bachelor of science degree from SUNY Binghamton and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Miami.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Networking Reception
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
  • 7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Take Command of Your Time & Technology
    Dominick Quartuccio, International Speaker, Author and Executive Coach
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    Will less be asked of you and your employees this coming year? Of course not. Here’s an even more sobering reality: more will be asked of you/your employees every single year from now until you/they choose to stop working. This shouldn’t be daunting…it should be exciting. Yet you’ve already had to sacrifice your personal health, relationships or freedoms to meet the present day demands. The “sacrifice” model is broken, and we need a better way. The best get better only when they align the most important areas of their life, and the fastest way of doing so is building better habits in your time and technology. This enlightening discussion is extraordinarily relevant for our present-day reality. It unmasks the sneaky time and energy wasters that sabotage your work and life, and offers actionable tools to get back a minimum of 1 extra hour every day.

    Speaker:

    Dominick Quartuccio
    International Speaker, Author and Executive Coach

    Dominick Quartuccio is an international speaker, author and executive coach. He is an energetic, passionate and innovative thought leader who is driven by guiding others to achieve the best version of themselves. For 15 years, Mr. Quartuccio walked his own highly successful path as a corporate business leader with Prudential, where he built his background in sales and sales leadership. Most recently, Mr. Quartuccio was responsible for running the East Coast sales team for Prudential Retirement, owning a $1.4 billion annual sales goal. Often seen as an entrepreneur inside of a Fortune 100 organization, he built a name for himself by challenging conventional thinking, optimizing productivity and developing talented people at all stages of their career journey. At the heart of Mr. Quartuccio’s work is the belief that we are capable of doing much bigger things, much more quickly than we currently believe, while also radically decluttering our lives and creating space to enjoy the journey of achievement and personal development. He is the architect of the Take Command series, including Take Command of Your Next 90 Days and Take Command of Your Personal Brand, both of which are available as individual and group coaching programs, as well as keynote speeches.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm