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2020 CCA Virtual Annual Meeting

 

 

October 19-21 & 26-28, 2020

 

The Conference of Consulting Actuaries is excited to announce the 2020 CCA Annual Meeting will be held virtually, from Monday, October 19th to Wednesday, October 21st and Monday, October 26th to Wednesday, October 28th.
 

2020 CCA Virtual Annual Meeting ScheduleEducation to Fit Your Needs

The 2020 expanded program covers topics in Retirement, Health & Welfare, Public Plans, International, Multiemployer, Investment, and Cross Discipline including:

  • Retirement Plan Provisions of the SECURE and CARES Acts
  • Social Determinants of Health: Not Just a Buzz Word
  • Recent Withdrawal Liability Court Decisions
  • COVID-19 Impact on Retirement Benefits Outside the US
  • M&A – All the Actuaries in the Room
  • The Gray Area of Professional Judgement

New Virtual Format Means More Credit

This year’s virtual format features everything you’ve come to expect from CCA's in-person meeting, including 70 high-quality sessions in a variety of practice areas, multiple networking events, compelling speakers, and more. Spread over 6 partial days, this format allows you to receive up to 36.5 credits of CE/CPD while still meeting the needs of your clients.
 

Network in a New Way

We know that networking is an important part of why you come to CCA Annual Meeting. That’s why you will want to make sure to take advantage of the Community Forums and other networking opportunities that will be available throughout the meeting. Stay tuned for more information on these exciting events.
 

New Way to Select Your Sessions

Not sure which sessions you want to attend yet because of our expanded program? No problem. There is no need to select your sessions now. You will be sent a link approximately two weeks before the meeting so you can build your own schedule. The best part is that in this new virtual format is you will never hear, “This session is closed.”
 

Register Today and Save!

Early registration comes with a considerable benefit: the most cost-effective registration rate! Additionally, CCA members save even more, so if you are not currently a member, join today!
 

If you have any questions, contact the CCA office at conference@ccactuaries.org.
 

Sincerely,
Felix A. Okwaning, Secretary
Conference of Consulting Actuaries

 

Sessions:

Sessions

Business Session With Keynote Speaker October 19, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The CCA’s Business Session precedes the Keynote Speaker with the welcoming of attendees, announcement of new directors, Treasurer’s Report and presentation of the CCA’s annual awards. The keynote speaker immediately follows.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

Late Breaking Developments October 19, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Speakers discuss the latest developments in the private pension sector. Recent rulings and regulations - proposed and final - are covered, in addition to pending retirement plan legislation and recent litigation activity.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core0.75
EA Non-Core0.75
CPD1.50

Social Determinants of Health: Not Just a Buzz Word October 19, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) is more than a buzz word. Learn how payers are identifying and addressing members needs and behaviors across all lines of business to drive strategy and performance. Panelists cover the types of payer, public and consumer data used, practical use cases, as well as measurable outcomes. Attendees can gain awareness of this emerging area, the value it can drive, and how it may impact future trends.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Behavioral Economics - Media Psychology and Big Data October 19, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Behavioral economics is the study of psychological, emotional, and social decision making. The systems that actuaries serve are all affected by the choices made by individuals, such as when to retire, what to do with my 401(k) balance, which health care option to choose and should I really spend 15 minutes to save 15% or more on car insurance. Speakers at this session explore the application of behavioral psychologies and data analytics to understand how individuals and institutions make decisions.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

COVID-19 Impact on Retirement Benefits Outside the US October 19, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Speakers at this session discuss how the retirement benefits of various countries have been impacted by COVID-19, and the challenges in solving the equation of an aging population while meeting individual retirement needs.

Session Category
International
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

The Gray Area of Professional Judgement October 19, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

The Code of Professional Conduct and ASOPs provide a strong professional framework, but what happens when you fall into the gray area of professional judgement? What if your judgement is called into question? Come ready to discuss case studies related to the gray area of professional judgement. Not to be confused with the ethics sessions, this discussion will focus on professional judgement.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

IFRS vs. US GAAP Accounting October 19, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

While on the surface, the US and international accounting methodologies have similar goals, and share many similarities, there are numerous underlying differences in practice. Speakers at this session will identify many of these differences, highlight the common issues that arise when US companies/subsidiaries report under IFRS, and help you avoid potential audit pitfalls along the way.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

A New Alternative: The Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA) October 19, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

While "To be or not to be" was the question for Hamlet, new regulations have created a similar existential question for employers. "To maintain group coverage or to fund individual market options?" In this session, we will discuss the basics of the rules and regulations that established ICHRA - an individual healthcare reimbursement arrangement. We'll even delve into the reasons why an employer may or may not adopt the approach, and what they'd need to consider to develop a strategy and implement.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Public Pension Plan Benefit Administration Challenges and Opportunities October 19, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

This session will cover benefit administration issues with which public pension plans are currently dealing. Some of the benefit administration topics that may be discussed include:

  • Section 415 administration
  • Actuarially equivalent optional benefit factors
    • Challenges for plans that allow for changes due to death/divorcee etc.
    • Issues for plans that tie the factors to valuation assumptions
  • QDROs
    • Possible offset when alternate payee commences benefits prior to member
  • Service purchases
  • Drop administration
  • COLA side funds
  • Biennial valuations and the administrative challenges created by such
  • Transfers among reserve funds

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Women in Consulting Forum October 19, 2020 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Members of the CCA Women in Consulting Community are scheduled to hold an informal forum to discuss current issues and outlooks. While CCA membership is not required to participate in this forum, members can join this or any other community and participate in discussions through our online platform, Community. Go to https://www.ccactuaries.org/go/community to get started.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

Dialogue With the PBGC October 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

PBGC representatives discuss current topics and issues relevant to single and multiemployer retirement plans.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Executive Benefits: Strategy and New Developments October 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Strategies in developing executive benefits including a look at benchmarking to market, corporate vs. not for profit, and new developments and impact from Section 162(m) and 409A/457(f).

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Current Topics in Medicare Advantage and Part D October 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This session will highlight current topics in Medicare Advantage and Part D using an interactive format with presentations and audience polling. Topics may include Medicare Advantage, Part D, and retiree medical plans.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Say That Again? Virtual Communication Skills For Consulting Actuaries October 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Our work is incomplete without effective communication with our clients. We also know that clients judge our quality based on how effectively we communicate. We are now adapting to the new business environment, where our meetings with clients and colleagues are virtual. Attention spans are shorter, and it’s more challenging to engage your audience. We must learn to speak confidently on-camera. In other words, we have to “up our game” for effective communication with our clients. In this interactive workshop, Mimi Bliss of Bliss Communications will cover how to:

  • Speaker on camera, including effective use of gestures, voice, and eye contact;
  • Sharpen your message with concise points, concrete examples, and a clear “next step”;
  • Engage your audience by “chunking” your information and asking intentional questions; and
  • Use tech tools such as embedded videos, polling, white board, and PowerPoint to encourage meaningful interaction.

Visit Mimi’s blog (mimibliss.com/blog) to watch short videos with tips for virtual meetings.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

IRC 430/436 - What Works Well and What Doesn't Work Well October 20, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

At the November 13, 2019 Intersector Group Meeting with IRS/Treasury, members discussed IRC 430/436 funding balance issues that arise in practice. The IRS representatives indicated they are looking for areas in IRC 430/436 that are not working well and would welcome comment letters. At this session, panelists present their thoughts on IRC 430/436 challenges that can result in inadvertent errors. Audience participation is encouraged.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Prescription Drug Hot Topics October 20, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The speakers address questions about what is new with prescription drugs. Topics include:

  • How is the opioid crisis affecting costs?
  • What is the latest vendor landscape?
  • What is the outlook for drug trends?
  • How is emerging gene therapy affecting prescription drugs?
  • What is happening with point-of-sale rebates and how they are handled with stop loss and in high-deductible health plans?
  • What is the provider perspective on these issues?

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

The Flip Side: Pension Benefits Assessment October 20, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

It's easy to get caught up in focusing on the risks and costs of pension plans, but these concerns often obscure their core value and utility. This session will explore the reasons why retirement benefits are offered to public employees, metrics for quantifying the benefits or rewards of offering these programs, and discuss pension rewards assessment approaches. We will dive into ways retirement security assessments are being used in practice, including current research into rewards being offered by public systems.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Recent Withdrawal Liability Court Decisions October 20, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The past few years have seen a number of judicial decisions affecting withdrawal liability determinations. With input from two lawyers who practice in this area, we will review some of the more significant court cases which influence who pays withdrawal liability and how much. We will cover the NY Times, Manhattan Ford, Metz, Sun Capital, ManWeb and any other important cases decided by then.

Session Category
Multiemployer Plans
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Interactive Ethics October 20, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Panelists pose a series of ethical situations, and poll attendees to start a discussion on the underlying ethical issues.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Ethics2.00
CPD2.00

Professionalism for Healthcare Actuaries October 20, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Panelists discuss recent professionalism-based issues in the actuarial profession including the new modeling and credibility ASOPs.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD2.00

Healthcare Community Forum October 20, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Members of the CCA Healthcare Community are scheduled to hold an informal forum to discuss current issues and outlooks. While CCA membership is not required to participate in this forum, members can join this or any other community and participate in discussions through our online platform, Community. Go to https://www.ccactuaries.org/go/community to get started.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

DB-izing DC Plans October 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Providing lifetime retirement income in defined contribution plans remains a challenging topic. Learn about the latest in decumulation strategies, longevity annuities, and spend down strategies.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Medicare for All, All for One, and Everyone for Themselves! October 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Get your popcorn, take a seat, and enjoy the fireworks as speakers debate the healthcare policy proposals on the 2020 ballot.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Learning to Hedge Your Bets - Reinsurance Math for Risk-Diversified Captives October 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies and thousands of mid-size companies maintain captive insurance companies for global enterprise risk financing. The session will cover the basic actuarial math to develop hedging and reinsurance strategies for captive portfolios that hold a wide variety of risk lines - property and casualty, employee benefits, and financial products.

Session Category
International
Credits
CPD1.50

Is This Multiemployer Plan Still Working for Us and if Not, What Would? October 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Does the current structure provide value for all stakeholders? Should the current balance of risk-sharing among stakeholders be re-examined? Are intergenerational tensions forcing us to re-think what we have now? What about other demographic considerations? What's working and what should be changed? This session will explore case studies that have addressed these issues.

Session Category
Multiemployer Plans
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Stay in Your Lane: How Not to (Inadvertently) Become a Fiduciary October 21, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Actuaries perform a variety of roles for clients. Many large, corporate clients have inside and outside ERISA counsel, investment advisors, and benefit administrators who they can rely on for help in interpreting plan provisions, deciding benefit entitlement in unclear situations, recommending investments, and other activities with fiduciary implications. Smaller companies may be more likely to ask their actuary for help or advice on such matters. The fiduciary landscape also differs for public and multiemployer plan actuaries.

Presenters explore the responsibilities of fiduciaries, what activities an actuary might perform that could make the actuary a fiduciary, and whether there are situations in which actuaries may want to become plan fiduciaries. In addition, they consider whether the actuary has responsibilities to plan participants, rather than simply to our clients, under the Code of Professional Conduct, the Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs) and/or the Joint Board regulations, and how any such responsibilities may be similar to, or differ from, fiduciary responsibilities.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

HCCI Potpouri and Transparency October 21, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) does a number of research projects other than their annual cost trend reports. Many focus on explaining in more depth the results of their trend reports but some are in response to specific requests. The health care transparency website for the State of Florida is based on HCCI's Guroo site.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Executive Compensation: Knowing What's Important to Your Clients October 21, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Speakers discuss how to create an effective executive compensation and benefit program and how this varies between for-profit and not-for-profit entities.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Multiemployer Funding Legislative Update October 21, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The word is out in Congress that some multiemployer funds are in trouble. The financial impact could be large upon participants and employers, communities, and the PBGC. In preparation for the debate and legislation that may be forthcoming, this session will cover the most recent developments to date, but absent that will focus on the Grassley/Alexander white paper and the breadth of its proposal.

Session Category
Multiemployer Plans
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

The Cost of Not Being Able to Retire October 21, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Certain employer costs increase as a worker's age increases. At what point do those costs outweigh the benefit of what an employee provides to his or her employer? This session looks at the cost employers bear if their employees can't afford to retire.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

What Employers Need From Actuaries: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly October 21, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Actuaries believe numbers alone tell compelling stories, but do you truly understand what drives employers’ business decisions and choice to partner with certain vendors and consultants? During this panel discussion, employers will reveal requirements and expectations for the actuaries they collaborate with to transform the future of health care benefits at their organizations. Candid client feedback on the actuarial profession will provide participants with insights they can incorporate in practice immediately!

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Macroeconomics of Aging October 21, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

The aging of the global population has profound effects on work, productivity, economic growth, health, and consumer spending patterns. This session will examine the current and future trends that will impact us all.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

ASOPs for Public Plans October 21, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs) have been changing in recent years – with new standards and revisions to existing standards. Our panel of expert speakers address how these developments impact our day-to-day work, including assumption disclaimers and deviation clauses that may be needed as part of our actuarial communications. Panelists also discuss non-confidential aspects of recent ABCD cases related to adherence to the ASOPs.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Smaller Actuarial Consulting Firms Community Forum October 21, 2020 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Members of the CCA Smaller Actuarial Consulting Firms Community are scheduled to hold an informal forum to discuss current issues and outlooks. While CCA membership is not required to participate in this forum, members can join this or any other community and participate in discussions through our online platform, Community. Go to https://www.ccactuaries.org/go/community to get started.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

Modeling and Other Cross-Practice ASOPs October 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

ASOP 56 Modeling is effective October 1, 2020. This will be a scintillating session on this important new ASOP and other cross-discipline ASOPs that apply to the daily work of most consulting actuaries.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

So Your Plan is Being Audited by the Government - What Now? October 26, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

We will discuss what the various agencies (IRS, DOL, and PBGC) are looking for and what they often find missing in responses.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Financing Nonqualified Plan Liabilities October 26, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Panelists address strategies in funding nonqualified plan liabilities including COLI, swaps, mutual funds, as well as rabbi trust considerations, and de-risking including annuity buy-ins.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Predictive Analytics and Big Data: What Can I do With it? October 26, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Have you ever wondered:

  • Isn't there a better, faster way to do this?
  • What kind of analysis could I do with all my data?
  • What types of data sets are out there that I could use?

In this session we will explore how predictive analytics and big data can advance the analysis we have been doing for a long time. We will explore stochastic modeling for traditionally deterministic analysis (trend, reserving, etc.), automating current work processes, and new data that you could use to take your work farther.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

M&A – All the Actuaries in the Room October 26, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

If your client isn’t doing a deal right now, they’re thinking about it! Which actuaries get involved in the deal process, and what is our role? A panel representing actuaries from across disciplines (such as retirement, group and health, property and casualty, and enterprise risk) discuss their typical role in the deal life cycle, and which "client" most often brings them into the deal. We'll also discuss common issues faced in this type of work.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

The Masked EA: America's Got EA Talent October 26, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

This session literally tests your EA knowledge. Bring your HP-12C and your ERISA knowledge for this fun, interactive session with prizes for top finishers.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Small Plan Design Issues October 26, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Speakers at this session will cover small plan design issues in creating and maintaining cash balance/defined contribution combination plans and various "gotchas" that arise around consulting on these and other plan designs.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

COVID-19 Discussion October 26, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

How Do We Pay for Pensions? Public Plan Financing Sources October 26, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Is emptying the general fund wallet into the pension trust the best, or only, source of financing for public sector pensions? This session considers recent policy discussions that have looked at unconventional financing sources for public pension plans. Experts in such financing policy issues will provide insights on the status of pension financing in the public sector, including unconventional sources of plan funding such as pension obligation bonds and governmental asset transfers.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Public Plans Community Forum October 26, 2020 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Members of the CCA Public Plans Community are scheduled to hold an informal forum to discuss current issues and outlooks. While CCA membership is not required to participate in this forum, members can join this or any other community and participate in discussions through our online platform, Community. Go to https://www.ccactuaries.org/go/community to get started.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
CPD1.50

Retirement Plan Provisions of the SECURE and CARES Acts October 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

The Secure Act of 2019 was the most significant piece of retirement plan legislation enacted since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The Cares Act of 2020, in response to the Covid19 crisis, introduced additional wrinkles in plan administration and funding. Attending this session will help both you and your clients feel SECURE and free from any CARES regarding the new laws.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
CPD1.50

Value-Based Care Through Physician Groups: An Actuarial Perspective October 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Sustainable value-based care programs need strong provider performance as measured by quality of care and reduced spending for buyers. This session offers real-world insights into business approaches used by high-performance physician groups.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Challenges in Integrating Global Companies October 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Find out what happens after the deal is signed to make it happen seamlessly for employee pension and other benefit programs. What are the challenges and how do you overcome them? Learn about TSAs and other tricks of the trade to keep employees happy and running things smoothly.

Session Category
International
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Prediction is Very Difficult, Especially About the Future October 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Interest rates, which have been near historic low levels for the past decade, dropped even further in reaction to this year's COVID-related downturn. Equity markets collapsed in the winter and then recovered strongly (some think perhaps too strongly) in the spring. A diverse panel shares their views on current economic and capital market conditions, and what these imply for longer-term interest rates and return outlooks for bonds and stocks.

Session Category
Investment
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Plan Administration - Nuts, Bolts, and Monkey Wrenches October 27, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Required minimum distributions, missing participants, suspension of benefits notices, uncashed checks, missing tax identification numbers, auto rollovers, and correcting mistakes are just some of the challenges of administering a defined benefit plan. Learn how administrators are handling some of these contemporary challenges.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Enterprise Risk Management October 27, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the process of controlling the activities of an organization in order to minimize the financial effects of risk. To be further fleshed out...

  • ASOPs 46, 47, and 55;
  • Intersection between actuarial work and ERM; and
  • How actuaries can and do contribute to ERM.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

How Much Do Pensions Need? Public Plan Funding Policies October 27, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

This session addresses public pension funding policies, starting with updates on current model practices. We will then look at recent developments including how some states provide oversight on funding policy and how plans with fixed employer contribution rates assess the adequacy of those rates. Experts on funding policies from different environments will also provide insights on risks associated with contribution deferrals and other funding policy relief in reaction to the current stressful financial environment.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Testing LDI Strategies - How Well do They Work? October 27, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Many plan sponsors have migrated to glide path and full LDI strategies. In this session we will explore advantages and disadvantages of these two approaches against traditional investment strategies.

Session Category
Investment
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Successfully Working With PBGC October 27, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Learn about strategies to follow and pitfalls to avoid when working with a wide variety of PBGC-related issues. Topics include reportable events, corporate transactions (bankruptcy, 4062(e), dividend recaps), PBGC premiums for Cooperative and Small Employer Charity plans and more.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Direct Primary Care Delivery Models - What is it and How Can Employers Benefit? October 27, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Primary care physicians should be the entry point to all healthcare, but many times that is not the case. Direct primary care models are emerging to provide easier and more direct connectivity between patients and physicians. Panelists will provide perspectives on different models, including going direct to individuals or through employers. We will also learn how these models can benefit both patients and physicians.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Dueling Multiemployer Actuaries October 27, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Watch actuaries debate, and then you get to vote on the following topics:

  • Updating mortality assumptions;
  • Updating retirement assumptions;
  • Asset valuation methods;
  • Funding methods;
  • Funding policies;
  • What to include/exclude in/from valuation reports; and
  • Comprehensiveness of IRC432 certification.

Session Category
Multiemployer Plans
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Effective Investment Strategies for DC Plans October 27, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

$5 trillion resides in defined contribution/401(k) plans versus only $3 trillion in private sector defined benefit plans. Are these assets being invested effectively? What can employers do to ensure they are offering an optimal array of options, and that participants are using them appropriately.

Session Category
Investment
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Multiemployer Plans Community Forum October 27, 2020 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Members of the CCA Multiemployer Plans Community are scheduled to hold an informal forum to discuss current issues and outlooks. While CCA membership is not required to participate in this forum, members can join this or any other community and participate in discussions through our online platform, Community. Go to https://www.ccactuaries.org/go/community to get started.

Session Category
Multiemployer Plans
Credits
CPD1.50

Booming or Busting? Extreme Plan Sponsor Situations October 28, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Have a client rumored to be going into bankruptcy? Or maybe just missing a required contribution? What about a client with an overfunded plan that they want to terminate? This session will explore issues that arise when a plan sponsor can't make required contributions and/or files for bankruptcy protection. On the flip side, some of the challenges with terminating an overfunded plan will be discussed.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core0.75
EA Non-Core0.75
CPD1.50

Working With Auditors October 28, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Valuation actuaries and auditors serve their mutual clients in different roles. They are often subject to different standards, responsibilities, and requirements. Sometimes they disagree while hopefully not being disagreeable. Panelists at this session expect to cover a broad array of topics such as professional responsibilities, audit issues that arise from time to time, subsequent events, materiality, and changes in Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) auditing standards related to reliance on a specialist and auditing estimates.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Hospital Consolidation and the Impact on Healthcare Costs October 28, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Hospital consolidation has continued to be big news in many metropolitan markets across the US. Several studies have suggested that insurers and employers have experienced increases in medical costs in the years following significant mergers. This session reviews these studies and shares the results of these analyses.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

Global Wellness, Mental Health, and Impact on Employee Productivity October 28, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Global population aging, overall declining health, poor lifestyle habits, and increasing job- and family-related stress are the main factors driving increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, including mental health issues around the world. Most multinational companies are aware of the need to promote employee wellness to their global staff in order arrest rising medical cost patterns.

The speakers will present the global and regional health risk factors, how governments and employers are providing wellness assistance as well as discussing the impact on employee productivity - absenteeism and presenteeism - and the metrics used for tracking the effectiveness of wellness programs.

Session Category
International
Credits
CPD1.50

Small Plan Primer October 28, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Speakers at this session will cover the basics of small plan consulting and how they differ from consulting on larger plans. Topics include plan design, top heavy testing, PBGC issues, non-discrimination testing, document drafting, plan administration, and plan terminations.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

Funding Strategies - Getting the Most Bang for Your Clients' Buck October 28, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The 2010s was a decade marked by funding relief and the longest equity bull market in history, which eased the pressure of minimum pension contributions. While nobody knows how the 2020s will see a return to volatility, this decade got off to a wild start with interest rates at historic low levels, and the fear of a worldwide pandemic sent equity markets into a tailspin.

This session will focus on creative funding strategies to ensure your clients are getting the most bang for their pension contribution dollars, including cash planning, leveraging credit balances, and avoiding unforeseen surprises.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Core1.50
CPD1.50

New Health Plan Innovators October 28, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Recently, a number of new, venture-backed organizations have been formed offering innovative health plan concepts. New entrants have been formed in multiple market areas including individual, Medicare Advantage, and employer-sponsored coverage. This session will focus on health plans offering a full health plan solution rather than components or elements of a plan. Panelists will provide insights into their innovative models including data supporting results to date, if available.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

OPEB - Anything But GASB October 28, 2020 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Speaker at this session cover a variety of OPEB topics, but not GASB! They investigate trends in funding OPEB across the country. Panelists also dig into emerging retiree health plan design options such as health reimbursement arrangements, Medicare Advantage plans, etc. Finally, they discuss some of the OPEB-specific assumptions such as participation rates, claims cost curves, and long-term medical trend.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Social Security - What You Need to Know October 28, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

The Social Security Trust Fund currently holds about $3 trillion in assets. The projected outlook indicates that Baby Boomer retirements will drain these funds completely by about 2034.

This session will provide a primer on the current status and outlook for Social Security, the causes of its financial problems, and potential solutions.

Session Category
Retirement
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Stop Loss: A Deeper Dive October 28, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Given the surprisingly passionate audience enthusiasm and participation in last year's stop loss session we've decided to bring it back for another round. This year's session will examine the stop loss market and key actuarial considerations from these three perspectives:

  • Employer plans, including captive arrangements;
  • Stop loss carrier; and
  • State insurance regulator.

Both casualty and health practitioners will find this session engaging and useful.

Session Category
Health & Welfare
Credits
CPD1.50

The Art of Coaching October 28, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Join us for an interactive session on the art of coaching employees for career development. As successful consultants on technical topics, it's not easy to transition to the role of coach for younger associates. This session will be structured as round table discussions on recognizing employee strengths and coaching for success.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Public Plans Open Forum October 28, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Join your public retirement plan colleagues in a candid, open discussion of current issues. Actual session topics are determined by the attendees, but may include economic assumptions, ASOP 4, and practical discussions of issues raised in other sessions.

Session Category
Public Plans
Credits
EA Non-Core1.50
CPD1.50

Closing Presidential Remarks and Emerging Leaders Community Forum October 28, 2020 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

The closing session features an address by the CCA President and President-Elect, and the passing of the gavel. Additionally, our closing speaker leads a conversation on behalf of the CCA Emerging Leaders Community. While CCA membership is not required to participate in this session, members can join this or any other community and participate in discussions through our online platform, Community. Go to https://www.ccactuaries.org/go/community to get started.

Session Category
Cross Discipline
Credits
CPD1.50

Speakers

  • 1 Alan J. Silver Willis Towers Watson
  • 1 David J. Kershner Buck
  • 2 Paul Angelo Segal Consulting
  • 3 David L. Driscoll Buck
  • 4 James J. Rizzo Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company
  • 1 Yi-Ling Lin The Terry Group
  • 2 Robert G. Holdom NewYork-Presbyterian
  • 3 Thomas L. Totten
  • 4 Robert J. Reiskytl Aon
  • 1 Jess C. McGrath Fidelity Investments
  • 2 Lloyd A. Katz The Benefit Practice
  • 3 Ronald E. Richman Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • 1 Michael S. Clark River and Mercantile
  • 2 Derek N. Guyton
  • 3 Edward M. Pudlowski MorningStar Actuarial Consulting, LLC
  • 4 James L. Jones EY
  • 1 Mike Spetko Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • 1 Michael S. Clark River and Mercantile
  • 2 Maria M. Sarli Willis Towers Watson
  • 1 James L. Jones EY
  • 2 Gareth Wyn Jones Aon
  • 3 Timothy Richard Leier Ecolab Inc.
  • 1 David M. Tuomala Optum
  • 1 Felix A. Okwaning Prudential Financial
  • 2 Robert J. Reiskytl Aon
  • 3 Anthony Michael Davis Fidelity Investments
  • 4 Stacey Marie Schmid Prudential Retirement
    (Session Assistant)
  • 1 Representative Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
  • 1 Cheryl A. Ham Aon
  • 2 John P. Ortiz DPC Health
  • 3 Wayne Jenkins Centivo
  • 1 Troy Jaros Buck
  • 2 Jay K. Egelberg First Actuarial Consulting, Inc.
  • 3 Bryan Matthew McCormick CBIZ Retirement Plans Services
  • 4 Melissa Conklin Kolle The Cultural Institutions Retirement System
  • 2 Michael Palazzi Vanguard, Investment Strategy Group
  • 1 Justin N. Hornburg American Benefits Consulting
  • 1 David Scharf Buck
  • 2 Aaron J.L. Pedowitz Mercer
  • 1 Phillip A. Merdinger October Three
  • 2 David H. Cohn SullivanCotter
  • 1 David Scharf Buck
  • 2 Pete J. Neuwirth CapAcuity
  • 3 Sally DeFelice Willis Towers Watson
  • 4 Hugh M. Menin Pacific Life Insurance Co.
  • 1 Craig P. Rosenthal Mercer
  • 2 Grace Barbieri Mercer
  • 3 James G. Berberian Buck
  • 4 Matthew Sampogna Principal Financial Group
  • 1 Wilfredo J. Gaitan Alta Actuaries and Consultants, LLC
  • 2 Ian G. Duncan University of California - Santa Barbara
  • 3 Francois Millard
  • 1 Dale H. Yamamoto Red Quill Consulting
  • 2 Niall Brennan Health Care Cost Institute
  • 3 Nikole Helvey Florida Center for Health Information and Transparency
  • 1 Edward M. Pudlowski MorningStar Actuarial Consulting, LLC
  • 2 Katherine Hempstead
  • 3 Leonard F. Herk National Council on Compensation Insurance
  • 1 Todd David Kanaster S&P Global Ratings
  • 2 Paul Angelo Segal Consulting
  • 3 Jeannine Markoe Raymond National Assn. of State Retiremt. Admins.
  • 4 Rade Kljajic Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
  • 1 Kenneth J. Herbold Texas Pension Review Board
  • 2 Paul Angelo Segal Consulting
  • 3 Todd David Kanaster S&P Global Ratings
  • 1 Craig P. Rosenthal Mercer
  • 2 Kenneth K. Lining Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.
  • 3 Casey Shork KPMG
  • 1 David Scharf Buck
  • 2 Lawrence E. Scherer Findley
  • 3 Rachel Laura Barnes Mercer
  • 4 Joseph C. Anzalone River and Mercantile
  • 5 Seth D. Chosak Willis Towers Watson
  • 1 Stephen N. Eisenstein KPMG
  • 2 Bruce Cadenhead Mercer
  • 3 Tonya B. Manning Buck
  • 1 Richard J. Hudson First Actuarial Consulting, Inc.
  • 2 Kelly S. Coffing Milliman Inc.
  • 3 Troy Jaros Buck
  • 1 Jeremy P. Olszewski Fidelity Investments
  • 2 Tonya B. Manning Buck
  • 3 Ellen L. Kleinstuber Bolton Partners, Inc.
  • 4 Margaret S. Berger Mercer
  • 1 Wilfredo J. Gaitan Alta Actuaries and Consultants, LLC
  • 2 Mary Frances Miller Select Actuarial Services
  • 3 Daniel A. Linton Select Actuarial Services
  • 1 Kelly Lynn Karger Willis Towers Watson
  • 1 Thomas S. Terry The Terry Group
  • 2 Richard Jackson Global Aging Institute
  • 1 John Barkett Willis Towers Watson
  • 2 Fiona Xianpeng Chong Willis Towers Watson
  • 3 Dan Todd Todd Strategy LLC
  • 1 Margaret Tiller Sherwood Tiller Consulting Group Inc.
  • 2 Dale Hagstrom Milliman Inc.
  • 2 Maria M. Sarli Willis Towers Watson
  • 1 Jay K. Egelberg First Actuarial Consulting, Inc.
  • 1 David M. Tuomala Optum
  • 2 Trevor Fast Bind
  • 1 Linda L. Bournival KMS Actuaries, LLC
  • 2 Piotr Krekora Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company
  • 3 Phillip Alan Souzek Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • 1 Joseph P. Strazemski Buck
  • 2 Laura K. Roos Willis Towers Watson
  • 3 Matthew Robert Fishel Mercer
  • 4 Lauren Meyer River and Mercantile
  • 5 Lori Anne Valis Fidelity Investments
  • 1 Jerry Mingione The Terry Group
  • 2 Andrew Patterson The Vanguard Group
  • 3 Jonathan R. Barry MFS Investment Management
  • 1 Yi-Ling Lin The Terry Group
  • 2 Michael R. Morrow Benefits Science Technologies
  • 3 Justin Rapp Datavant
  • 1 Thomas S. Tomczyk Buck
  • 1 Tanya E. Sun Mercer
  • 2 Richard H. Bailey Mercer
  • 3 Cheryl A. Ham Aon
  • 4 Dean W. Kepraios Willis Towers Watson
  • 5 Dale H. Yamamoto Red Quill Consulting
  • 6 Ian G. Duncan University of California - Santa Barbara
  • 1 Lance J. Weiss Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company
  • 2 Koren L. Holden Colorado PERA
  • 3 Craig Hallermann OPERS
  • 4 Douglas J. Fiddler South Dakota Retirement System
  • 1 Rick C. Reed California State Teachers' Ret. Sys.
  • 2 James David Anderson Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company
  • 1 Mitchell H. Hofing Dexter Hofing LLC
  • 2 Miguel Eaton Jones Day
  • 3 Robert S. Schriver Dexter Hofing LLC
  • 4 Ronald E. Richman Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • 1 Richard O. Goehring Richard O. Goehring, Inc.
  • 2 Janice Harbold Aon
  • 2 Jeremy P. Olszewski Fidelity Investments
  • 4 Kent A. Mason Davis & Harman LLP
  • 1 Thomas A. Swain Findley
  • 2 Mimi Bliss
  • 3 Kelly Lynn Karger Willis Towers Watson
  • 1 Lance Paul Roteman Northeast Professional Planning Group
  • 1 Lance Paul Roteman Northeast Professional Planning Group
  • 1 Patricia A. Shlonsky Ulmer & Berne LLP
  • 2 Edward F. Groden New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund
  • 1 James Dolstad Optum
  • 2 Jim Eppel HealthPartners
  • 3 Sheila Shapiro United Healthcare
  • 1 Michael S. Clark River and Mercantile
  • 2 Jerry Mingione The Terry Group
  • 1 Ellen L. Kleinstuber Bolton Partners, Inc.
  • 2 David C. Kaleda Groom Law Group
  • 3 Michael B. Richman Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • 4 Dominic DeMatties Thompson Hine LLP
  • 1 Stuart H. Alden Aon
  • 1 Scott A. Hittner October Three LLC
  • 2 Israel Goldowitz The Wagner Law Group
  • 3 Katie B. Kohn Groom Law Group
  • 1 Sumit Kundu MassMutual Financial Group
  • 2 Serge Agres Cambridge Associates
  • 1 Meg Gibbon Willis Towers Watson
  • 2 Amanda Brooke Kross Aon
  • 1 Michael S. Clark River and Mercantile
  • 2 Rocke D. Blair Sheridan Road Advisors, a HUB International Company
  • 3 Steven G. Vernon Rest-of-Life Communications
  • 1 Elizabeth A. Wiley Cheiron, Inc.
  • 1 John Malcolm Merrill Nyhart
  • 1 Andrew Lape River and Mercantile
  • 2 Stacey Marie Schmid Prudential Retirement
  • 3 Brianna Zambito Fidelity Investments
  • 1 Edward M. Pudlowski MorningStar Actuarial Consulting, LLC
  • 2 Greger Vigen
  • 3 Mark Wernicke ThedaCare
  • 1 Stephanie Calandro Willis Towers Watson
  • 2 Kelley McFarland Elliott Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • 3 Sherri Nadeau Sea World
  • 1 Stephen N. Eisenstein KPMG
  • 2 Philip Bonanno Grant Thornton LLP
  • 3 Colleen O'Malley Driscoll Ernst & Young, LLP
  • 4 John A. Potts Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • 5 Benjamin Adam Johnson Plante Moran
    (Session Assistant)