DOL Audits of Employer Health Plans: Preparing for Increased ACA and Mental Health Parity Act Audits
Responding to Audit Letters, Navigating DOL Investigations, Avoiding HHS and IRS Scrutiny
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will prepare benefits counsel to face the rise in DOL audits targeting employer health and welfare plan compliance with new Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requirements. The panel will discuss common triggers for DOL audits, compliance strategies for avoiding DOL scrutiny, responding to audit letters, and preparing for and navigating investigations.
- Overview of DOL audit procedures
- Compliance with the ACA
- Compliance with MHPAEA
- IRS and HHS considerations
- HIPAA, COBRA and other compliance
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- How has the DOL expanded the scope of its healthcare plan audit letters in light of ACA and MHPAEA requirements?
- What documents should employers be expected to produce in response to an audit letter?
- How does the attorney-client privilege apply to advice and consultation afforded a plan in reviewing plan compliance and during a DOL audit?
Lisa A. Christensen
Bond Schoeneck & King
Ms. Christensen concentrates her practice in health and welfare benefit plan administration and compliance. Along... | Read More
Ms. Christensen concentrates her practice in health and welfare benefit plan administration and compliance. Along with HIPAA compliance and training, she regularly assists group health plans and physicians, as well as various business associates, including law firms, with state medical record or other state or federal privacy law compliance. When preparing for DOL plan audits, Ms. Christensen has worked with the IRS, DOL and HHS to resolve clients’ issues.Close
Ryan C. Temme
Groom Law Group
Mr. Temme practices in the firm's Health and Welfare Practice Group, where he works on a variety of health law... | Read More
Mr. Temme practices in the firm's Health and Welfare Practice Group, where he works on a variety of health law matters, with much of his practice focusing on implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). He is an expert on MHPAEA regulations and compliance and has helped a variety of plan sponsors and health insurers navigate DOL and CMS audits, as well as a variety of state regulatory parity issues.Close
Gary A. Thayer
Archer Byington Glennon & Levine
Mr. Thayer, a former Investigator for the U.S. DOL, Employee Benefits Security Administration, is counsel to... | Read More
Mr. Thayer, a former Investigator for the U.S. DOL, Employee Benefits Security Administration, is counsel to multiemployer employee benefit funds on all aspects of regulatory and fiduciary compliance. He also represents clients during all phases of investigations by the IRS and DOL. Mr. Thayer was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor for a three-year term to the ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans.Close