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What you need to know now that the law has changed.

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) is designed to increase transparency in employee health benefit plans.

As fiduciaries of the benefit plan, Government agencies like the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Treasury will hold employers responsible and accountable for the CAA. What does this mean for employers and how should CEOs meet their fiduciary obligation to their employees/plan members?

Join experts on August 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET to gain insight into a CEO’s responsibility and opportunity to demand higher quality, transparent healthcare services from their service providers and benefits professionals.



Christin Deacon

Christin Deacon
Healthcare Leader and Public Sector Entrepreneur; Founder, VerSan Consulting

Christin Deacon is a healthcare thought leader that brings with her a wealth of experience in both public and private sector. Driven by her passion to change the healthcare system to truly benefit patients and payers, she focuses on bringing solutions and agency to self-funded and Government sponsored health plans. Prior to joining 4C Health Solutions, Deacon ran one of the largest health plans in the country for the State of New Jersey, covering over 820k lives consisting of public sector employees, teachers, and uniformed professionals. First as a Deputy Attorney General and then Special Counsel to the Governor, Deacon exercised her legal dexterity in a variety of capacities, from complex transactions to appellate litigation. As a 4C employee in the Wilmington Delaware office, Deacon will be returning to her roots where she began her legal career as a bankruptcy attorney barred in Delaware, PA, and Nj.

Deacon has been credited with saving the State of New Jersey hundreds of millions of dollars during her tenure with the health plan. From creative procurement methodologies to forward thinking contractual arrangements and guarantees to population health initiatives, Deacon has been described as a public sector entrepreneur that was always trying to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare for members and employers.

Deacon graduated from Rutgers Law School in 2008 and the George Washington University in 2005 with a degree in International Affairs.

Darren Fogarty
Executive Director, The Committee For Fee-Only Benefits Advisor

Darren is the Executive Director of the Committee for Fee-Only Benefits Advisors, a group of healthcare industry leaders coming together in a volunteer effort to make transparent, fee-only compensation the benefits industry gold-standard. Its vision is to make the benefits advisor profession renowned for client-first, fiduciary principles.

Darren also serves as a Director at the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, a nonprofit thinktank in Washington, DC, where he has spent seven years researching fiduciary advice and fee-only advisor compensation in the financial services industry. He has (co)authored over a dozen articles on the nature of sales, advice, fiduciary duty, and health care/insurance. Lastly, Darren is a Business Development Analyst at SolV, a healthcare benefits consulting firm with an emphasis on transparency, integrity, and serving employers and employees first.

Jeff Hogan

Jeffrey Hogan
President, Upside Health Advisors

Jeffrey Hogan is the President of Upside Health Advisors where he consults for payers and large provider groups for product development and launch, expert witness work, and as a resource to employers desirous of implementing strategies to manage their health spend. Jeff also serves as an advisor to health tech start ups and investors looking to better position solutions into the health care market. Jeff is focused on health care payment reform, health policy, care transformation, value based health care, health care quality and precision medicine. Prior to his role at Upside, Jeff served as the Northeast Regional Manager for Rogers Benefit Group, a national benefits marketing and consulting firm. He retired from Rogers Benefit Group in 2021 after 30 years with the company.

Jeff regularly appears on national forums focused on moving to value-based health care and is actively working to promote health care related transparency measures in the market. He serves as the CT Business Group on Health’s liaison to the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser’s Coalition. Jeff is the Regional Leader for the Leapfrog Group. He is also is one of the Coordinators of Connecticut’s Moving to Value Alliance.

Jeff and his family are active annual participants in the Pan-Mass Challenge and have raised more than 300K for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Jeff served his local government as the Farmington Town Council Chair from 2012-2014 and as a town council member over a 10-year period. Jeff previously served as the Director of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Leadership School.

Dan Bigman


Dan Bigman
Chief Content Officer, Chief Executive Group

Dan Bigman is Editor and Chief Content Officer of Chief Executive Group, publishers of Chief Executive, Corporate Board Member,, and StrategicCFO360. Previously he was Managing Editor at Forbes and the founding business editor of


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Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.