Upcoming Audiocast on the New Risk ASOP

ASOP 51: Assessing and Disclosing Pension Risk

02/28/2018 - 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM CT
Credits: EA Core 1.50, CPD 1.50

The new ASOP 51, "Assessment and Disclosure of Risk Associated with Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Contributions," is described by panelists who were involved in its development. A panel of corporate, public, and multiemployer pension actuaries then discuss how the ASOP applies to their work.


1. Grace Katherine Lattyak - Aon Hewitt
2. Christopher F. Noble - Willis Towers Watson
3. Frank Todisco - U.S. Government Accountability Office
4. Thomas B. Lowman - Bolton Partners, Inc.
5. Jason L. Russell - Segal Consulting
6. Susan L. Breen-Held - Principal Financial Group

Healthcare Meeting Features Personal and Insurance Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic

2018 CCA Healthcare Meeting

April 11-12, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel - Washington, DC

The CCA Healthcare Meeting provides health actuaries and other healthcare professionals the chance to hear the latest developments in this ever changing practice.  This year's meeting features two sessions on the opioid epidemic, the public health crisis affecting social and economic welfare.

On Thursday, April 12th, Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld speaks about his personal experiences on the subject and why he created the advocacy group Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) to eradicate opioid addiction through research, awareness campaigns, and expanded treatment resources.  Adm. Winnefeld recently appeared on CBS' This Morning program (segment below).

Following Adm. Winnefeld's presentation will be a panel discussion on how the insurance industry is lending their expertise to curbing this nationwide crisis which impacts several aspects of insurance – healthcare, disability and life insurance.

But that’s not all -- speakers at other sessions address late-breaking subjects such as the current legal landscape in healthcare, research by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), and healthcare applications for big data.  Finally, many actuaries will appreciate earning up to 13.3 CPD credits, including 1.8 credits toward the Qualification Standards' professionalism requirement with a session on professional and ethical issues faced by healthcare actuaries. The subjects of this year's program are:

  • Our Healthcare Landscape: The State of the ACA and the Impact of Tax Reform
  • “Medicare 401” – Advanced Actuarial Topics
  • Professionalism/Ethics in Action
  • The Opioid Epidemic
  • Insurance and Wellness Considerations on The Opioid Epidemic
  • Opportunities and Obstacles in Healthcare Data: The Good, the Big and the Ugly
  • HCCI Studies - Recent Findings
  • Prescription Drug Transparency
  • Out of Network Shared Savings and Other Non-Transparent Payment Arrangements
Take a moment to review the details of this program and plan to join your fellow leaders in the healthcare practice at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

EA Meeting Features New Format, More Credit

2018 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting Preliminary Program

2018 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting

April 8-11, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC

The Conference of Consulting Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries are pleased to serve as joint hosts for the 43rd annual Enrolled Actuaries Meeting. The meeting offers a variety of panels and workshops, covering a wide range of topics and issues relevant to Enrolled Actuaries and other pension professionals.

Responding to attendee requests, the program committee revised the meeting schedule to offer more sessions and gain more credit in more focused sessions.  The new schedule includes a Tuesday general session offering 2.0 EA Ethics credit.

Please review the programregistration rates, and make plans to join us this April.  We look forward to seeing you!

Seminar on Executive Presence for Actuaries Coming to Chicago

Building Your Brand: Executive Presence as an Actuary

May 21, 2018 - Chicago, IL
Select one of these half-day options:

Morning: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Central Time
Afternoon: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Central Time

Registration Fee:
Members $449
Nonmembers $499

Present Challenges & Develop Solutions

As a presenter, how can you consistently project poise and confidence? If you seem nervous or uncomfortable, your credibility drops. Strong presentation skills are essential for successful professionals, whether they present from the front of the room, the head of the table, on a video conference, or as part of a team for a “town hall” meeting. Calm, confident, and credible presenters adapt to the environment and form an immediate and lasting impression with their audience.

The Conference of Consulting Actuaries (CCA) has teamed up with Exec Comm and developed an Executive Presence program, specifically designed for consulting actuaries. This course helps you successfully manage your presence, information, and audiences so your confidence and credibility remain strong.

Discover Business Context Approaches

Strong presenters capture their clients’ interest, they engage in meaningful dialogue, and secure their position, with the client or prospect, as a trusted advisor. Their presentation resonates and persuades the audience. Choosing the appropriate level of detail to include in a presentation depends on the nature of the audience and can make or break the message. Given the disparate roles of the client’s or prospect’s team members, who may be gathered.

Enhance Skills for Positive Results

Regardless of whether you are just starting out in your consulting career or are an established consultant, after participating in this program and putting these skills to use, you will be able to:

  • Present in a polished, professional manner
  • Speak confidently using measured and natural gestures
  • Organize your presentation to emphasize a value proposition that captures your client’s attention and interest
  • Engage your audience with persuasive dialogue and compelling visuals
  • Handle questions and answers with ease

Interactive Learning

In your half-day seminar, you will acquire skills through video recording, group exercises, and instructor coaching. Don’t miss this limited opportunity to hone your executive presence.

CCA Seminar Examines Professionalism and Risk Management

2018 Professionalism Seminar – Managing Professional Liability and Reputational Risk

April 8, 2018
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC

What is professionalism? Broadly, professionalism can be thought of as the qualities that characterize competent practitioners. Those with whom we interact – clients, colleague, competitors and others – are keenly aware of our professionalism. And actuaries are expected to exhibit these qualities, with opportunities and rewards for those who do so consistently.

A critically important facet of professionalism is the management of risk, both financial (professional liability) and reputational. Failure to do so in a thoughtful and coordinated manner can adversely affect your organization’s financial health, your job and even your career as an actuary.

This seminar is a great opportunity to discuss and explore managing professional liability and reputational risk with a group of your peers and experts in the field. Topics we’ll talk about include:

  • Engaging in client relationships
  • Setting and managing expectations
  • Handling potential errors
  • Addressing real and/or perceived conflicts of interest
  • Independence in the client relationship
  • Client relationship “danger signs”
  • Disengaging from a client relationship

We promise you’ll find the discussion at this Professionalism Seminar to be educational and thought provoking.

Michael L. Frank Authors Paper on Healthcare Insurance Billing

CCA member Michael L. Frank authored “Did I Produce a Catastrophic Claim or Am I a Victim of Fraud?” which details his experience with healthcare insurance and possible claim billing errors.

We welcome other opinions and thoughts on the subject, and encourage members to join our communities and special interest groups which promote sound actuarial considerations throughout the profession.

The comments contained in his paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCA, the CCA’s members, or any employers of CCA members, and should not be construed in any way as being endorsed by any of the aforementioned parties.

Get Involved With the CCA

There are a variety of ways for CCA members to participate. For more information, view our Get Involved With the CCA interactive graphic, where the responsibilities and time commitments for each opportunity are outlined.

Once you match your talents and interests, please complete the Member Engagement form.

Experienced CCA volunteers are encouraged to volunteer for the Board of Directors. To help you determine whether this is a match for your talents, consider the duties involved. Contact the CCA office at conference@ccactuaries.org for details.

Selling Health Insurance Across State Lines Subject of Paper by Lawrence Mitchell

Inspired by discussions he led on the CCA Healthcare Community, CCA Past President Lawrence Mitchell authored a paper titled "Selling Health Insurance Across State Lines" to further the conversation on the matter among actuaries and non-actuaries alike.

We welcome other opinions and thoughts on the subject, and encourage members to join our communities and special interest groups which promote sound actuarial considerations throughout the profession.

The comments contained in his paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCA, the CCA’s members, or any employers of CCA members, and should not be construed in any way as being endorsed by any of the aforementioned parties.

The 2017 Blue Book and Blue Book Index are Now Available

Released at the Enrolled Actuaries Meeting starting in 1998, the "Blue Book" is a compendium of questions from actuaries and answers from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC). Access to the complete set of Blue Books is available through the PBGC website.

The Blue Book Index is a complementary catalog of these materials, sorted by topic, to the full set of Blue Books. Click here to access the 2017 Blue Book Index through the CCA website.

Intersector Meeting Notes

Updated: May 3, 2017

Twice a year the Intersector Group meets with representatives of the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury Department), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to dialogue with them on regulatory and other issues affecting pension practice. Click here to view notes from meetings with the IRS, Treasury, and PBGC on regulatory issues affecting pension practice.

Find a Consulting Actuary

The Directory of Actuarial Consultants allows you to search for a consulting actuary based on contact information, practice area (Pension, Health, Life, and Casualty), type of firm, or scope of practice.