2014 Annual Teleconference Series (10 teleconferences)


Wednesday, February 12 (1pm) - Thursday, December 11, 2014 (2pm US/Eastern)

Schedule of Sessions and Special Events



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Wednesday February 12, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm February Teleconference
Legislative and regulatory outlook for 2014: What's on the agenda for Flex, FSAs, defined contribution and exchanges, and account based plans.
Learn more about the upcoming year and what’s on the agenda for Flex, FSAs, defined contribution and exchanges, account-based plans, and MyRAs and how they affect 401(k) plans. We are pleased to announce that attorney Kevin Knopf from the IRS will be joining our call to provide further insight regarding the IRS FSA carryover guidance (Notice 2013-71). Issues addressed may include current agency thinking on carryover and COBRA as well as integrating carryover and HSA eligibility.
 
Mr. William F Sweetnam, Jr. Esq.
Principal
Employers Council on Flexible Compensation [ECFC]
Mr. Ashley Gillihan Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. Kevin Knopf Esq.
Attorney, Benefits Tax Counsel
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Wednesday April 09, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm April Teleconference
HITECH Compliance in a Mobile World
Members of the ECFC Technical Advisory Committee, Kathy Bakich with The Segal Company and Jody Dietel with Wage Works, will walk you through the HIPAA HITECH issues that may arise when using mobile and email for FSA and health plan administration, including what risks arise and the compliance steps that should be taken.
 
Ms. Jody L. Dietel ACFCI, CAS
Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks
WageWorks, Inc.
Ms. Kathryn L Bakich Esq.
Senior Vice President, National Director Health Care Compliance
The Segal Group

Wednesday May 14, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm May Teleconference
Pay or Play Revisited: The Practical Impact
After a quick recap of the final rules, learn the practical impact on employer health plan design. Will pay or play make flex plans, HRAs, and HSAs more popular? And why? Join ECFC TAC member Ashley Gillihan as he provides the practical advice needed to help you address the rules.
 
Mr. Ashley Gillihan Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP

Wednesday June 11, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm June Teleconference
Individual Medical Premiums and HRAs, Cafeteria Plans and Employer Payment Plans: What Remains Following Notice 2013-54
Join ECFC TAC Committee members John Hickman and Bill Sweetnam as they walk you through the IRS guidance governing HRAs, exchanges, and individual medical premiums. They will address issues like when (if ever) can an individual premium be paid on a pre-tax basis. In addition they will highlight issues and opportunities for HRAs under IRS guidance.
 
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. William F Sweetnam, Jr. Esq.
Principal
Employers Council on Flexible Compensation [ECFC]

Wednesday July 09, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm July Teleconference
FSA Corrections: Pay and Chase and Other IRS Mandates
Description: The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS recently issued a memorandum on Correction Procedures for Improper Health FSA payments. If you’ve seen the memo, you may be wondering:

  • What is a Chief Counsel Memorandum?

  • Does the Guidance contain anything new?

  • What questions does it answer and what questions does it raise?

Join Christine Keller, Esq. from Groom Law Group and Jody Dietel, WageWorks for this timely topic. This session will review already issued guidance, talk about what the Chief Counsel Memorandum is and identify steps ECFC members should be taking to review their practices and procedures in light of this information.
 
Ms. Jody L. Dietel ACFCI, CAS
Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks
WageWorks, Inc.
Ms. Christine Keller Esq.

Groom Law Group, Chartered

Wednesday August 13, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm August Teleconference
Health Plan Identification Number (HPID) and HIPAA EDI Certification
Description: Learn what new requirements lie in store for health plans (including FSAs and HRAs) and when under the HIPAA and ACA HPID and electronic data interchange certification requirements.
 
Ms. Kathryn L Bakich Esq.
Senior Vice President, National Director Health Care Compliance
The Segal Group

Wednesday September 10, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm September Teleconference
Employer Penalty and MEC Reporting
The IRS previously released the employer penalty and MEC reporting regulations, but left substantial amounts of the guidance to be set forth in later guidance. Recently, the reporting forms were released, and we have been informed the reporting instructions to the forms will be released soon. In this session, we will discuss:

  • The employer penalty and MEC reporting requirements.

  • The newly released reporting forms, and instructions if released in time.

  • Application of reporting requirements to all types of employers and health plans, including defined contribution plans.
 
Mr. Mark L. Stember Esq.. CFCI
Attorney
Kilpatrick Townsend

Wednesday October 08, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm October Teleconference
HIPAA Compliance for FSAs, HRAs, and Their Administrators:
In today’s world of big data breaches and record fines from OCR (the federal agency responsible for enforcing HIPAA) compliance is more important than ever. Join ECFC TAC member Andrew Haynes as he walks through HIPAA compliance (nuts to soup) for FSAs, HRAs and their Administrators. The session will cover current topics including electronic data interchange, health plan identification numbers, certifications, mobile technology and recent OCR activity.
 
Mr. Andrew Haynes Esq.
Attorney
Haynes Benefits PC

Wednesday November 12, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm November Teleconference
What Just Happened? A Look at Voting Patterns and What They Tell Us about the 2016 Presidential Race

Emerging Health Care Thought Leader Sohini Gupta and Mehlman Castagnetti Partner Kelly Bingel will talk about what happened in the elections and what to expect in the lame duck session of Congress. They’ll also dive deeper into voting patterns for a look at trends that could influence the 2016 presidential race.
 
Ms. Kelly Bingel

Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Inc.
Sohini Gupta

Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Inc.

Wednesday December 10, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm December Teleconference
2014 Year-end Compliance Round-up and Looking Forward for 2015

What is the latest in compliance requirements for FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, and transit? Join John Hickman and Ashley Gillihan as they walk through the annual checklist.
 
Mr. John R. Hickman Esq., CFCI
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
Mr. Ashley Gillihan Esq.

Alston & Bird LLP