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​​2020 Preconference Information​

We are pleased to offer three preconference opetions at the 2020 program. 

HBCE is proud to offer a certificate course in partnership with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans​.

Organizational Strategies for Health and Financial Wellness

This course is an intergral part of the Certificate in Strategic Benefits Management
Find solutions for today's challenges and prepare for tomorrow's opportunities through an enriching learning experience that combines valuable materials, outstanding instruction and networking opportunities.​


  • ​Health literacy and well-being programs
  • Financial literacy and well-being programs
  • Individual and population retirement income management
  • Making the business case for implementation of programs
    • ​​Return on investment
    • ​Impact on organizational workforce and succession planning​
  • ​Identifying what can and cannot be measured
  • Tailoring solutions to your population's demographics
  • Communication with plan members at different life phases

Benefits of Attending

  • ​Learn from industry experts and your peers.
  • Gain valuable written materials and resources.
  • Discuss the strategies that plans are implementating today and considering for tomorrow.
  • Connect ​with others who are dealing with similar issues.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge through interactive excersises and case studies.

Check back soon for the two remaining preconference sessions offered for 2020.

​2019 Preconference Information

We are pleased to offer the following preconference options at the 2019 HBCE program. A separate registration fee is required.

Health Care Cost Management Course​ 

​​​A certificate course in partnership with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Sunday, January 27 - Monday, January 28, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.​
New for 2019, HBCE is proud to partner with the International Foundation in bringing the Health Care Cost Management Course​ to HBCE as a special preconference option. An integral part to either the Certificate in Health and Welfare Plans​ or a Certificate in Strategic Benefits Management​, this course offers an in-depth analysis of the fundamental elements of healthcare management. 

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​Topics Addressed Include:

  • Cost influencers and trends
  • Managing providers and patients
  • Prescription drug cost management
  • The impact of technology
  • Data analysis and disease management
  • Plan design, contributions and eligibility
  • Value-based strategies
  • Emerging and evolving issues
  • Case Study​​

Mastering Workplace Wellness Laws

Monday, January 28, 2019 | 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Presented B​​y:


 JoAnn Ei​​ckhoff-Schemek, Ph.D., FACSM,  FAWHP
  Professor Emeritus,
  Exercise Science 
  University of South Florida, Tampa 

Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH
Clini​cal Assistant 
​University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

​​Complying with workplace wellness laws is challenging and evolving. This workshop will focus on incentive laws, including ADA and GINA updates that go into effect in 2019 as well as important data privacy laws. Legal issues involving workers compensation and hiring qualified wellness professionals and vendors will also be addressed. Attendees will be provided with strategies that will effectively enhance compliance to these laws. The presenters will reference the text book they authored, entitled Rule the Rules of Workplace Wellness Programs (published by the American Bar Association) 

Self-Funding Tutorial: Basic Concepts through Advanced Tactics in Self-Funding a Health and Welfare Plan

​Monday, January 28, 2019 | 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Presented By:​

​​Dean M. Hoffman
Benefit Consultant 
De​an M. Hoffman, LLC

Self-funding group health and welfare plans is not a new concept for larger employers; however many smaller employers are seeking this funding method as a result of the Affordable Care Act. This preconference will begin with the basics of self-funding and progress to more advanced concepts. Mr. Hoffman will break down Third Party Administrative (TPA) and Administrative Services Only (ASO) funding models into easy-to-understand segments and explain the "plug and play" approach to stop loss contracts, pharmacy plans, disease management, direct provider contracting, digital medicine, travel medicine and healthcare intelligence dashboards. You will review stop loss contract types and terminal liability - and how to align with the employer's risk tolerance and financial goals. Emerging stop loss practices will be discussed, including use of group captives and small group level funded contracts. This robust session is suitable for all levels of expertise and organization size. Attendees will walk away well-grounded in the concepts of self-funding, partial self-funding and level funding. 

If you are interested in participating in a preconference, we encourage you to register early. Limited space is available and preconference sessions sold out in 2018. ​​​​​​​