HSA Adminsitration and Compliance

Thursday, February 22
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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Properly administering HSA benefits has always been difficult for employers. IRS rules are often complicated, and improper administration can lead to serious tax consequences for the employer and employees. New benefit arrangements such as concierge medical services, on-site medical clinics, and other reimbursement arrangements can create HSA eligibility issues. This session will cover important compliance rules applicable to HSAs, such as coordination with Medicare eligibility, employer contributions rules, and more. We will also review common questions we receive from employers.

HIPAA Privacy and Security for Employers

Thursday, March 29
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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Many employers do not understand the full scope of compliance required by the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. Many employers mistakenly believe that their plans are not subject to HIPAA because they are fully insured, or that employee training is the only thing they need to worry about. To comply with HIPAA, most employers should have written HIPAA policies in place that govern the plan’s use of Protected Health Information (PHI). Employers must also comply with a number of other HIPAA requirements, including: entering into written agreements with Business Associates, implementing safeguards to secure PHI, and conducting a Security Risk Assessment, to name just a few.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) investigates thousands of HIPAA privacy and security complaints every year and is also currently conducting its second round of random HIPAA audits. This webinar will help employers understand how to effectively comply with HIPAA and be in a position to respond to any HHS audits or inquiries.

Series Presenters:

Bob Radecki, President, Benefit Comply, LLC
Bob has more than 30 years’ experience in the HR and employee benefits industry helping employers deal with difficult benefit and compliance matters. He has served as the principal HIPAA consultant to a number of health insurance companies and is recognized as an expert on a variety of benefit compliance issues including COBRA, FMLA and health reform. Bob has been the featured speaker at numerous industry events and conferences, and has published many articles on various compliance issues.
Regan Blomme, J.D., Senior Consultant, Benefit Comply, LLC
Regan Blomme has experience working as an attorney for a major Fortune 500 company and for a PEO providing benefits and HR services to small employers. She has also worked as a legal researcher for Thomson Reuters. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Regan worked as an account manager in a leading insurance agency in the Minneapolis area, so she understands the issues and challenges facing employee benefit consulting firms and agencies. Regan received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, an MBA from The University of St. Thomas and is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association.

Fritz Hewelt, Senior Consultant, Benefit Comply, LLC
Fred W. (“Fritz”) Hewelt brings more than 30 years of experience to his clients, assisting them with a broad range of issues related to the evaluation and remediation of employee benefit and human resource compliance challenges. Fritz has also assisted numerous clients with welfare benefit plan due diligence in merger and acquisition situations. Fritz holds a BS in business administration from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois. He also has earned designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI).

Mark Hoaglund, HIPAA Privacy and Securiy Specialist, Benefit Comply, LLC
Mark Hoaglund has helped more than 200 companies with their HIPAA compliance needs. Before becoming a compliance specialist, Mark worked for Fortune 500 companies including Pillsbury and Honeywell as a senior manager and project manager. He has extensive experience with data security and security management. Mark held lead positions in application development, application support, and computer operations. Mark received a computer programming certificate from Brown Institute, Minneapolis, MN and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Major, J.D., Senior Consultant, Benefit Comply, LLC
Mark Major has more than 30 years' experience with employee benefit plan legal compliance as in-house ERISA counsel, as a lead U.S. compliance attorney for Mercer Consulting. Mark's practice specializes in health, welfare and retirement benefits law supporting small and large employers. Mark is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations.

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