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Independent Consultation & Evaluation
The Phia Group, LLC Officially Announces the Release of its New “Independent Consultation & Evaluation” (ICE) Service

Braintree, MA – The Phia Group has for more than a decade been a source of document review, claim analysis, and regulatory compliance consultation for the health benefits industry. Today, statutory changes are occurring with greater frequency, and the industry needs objective analysis and expert consultation now more than ever before.

Unfortunately, hourly billing (the method by which most legal consultants charge clients) tends to be difficult to budget, predict, and afford. Rather than force clients to choose between dealing with open ended invoices and addressing difficult situations without assistance, The Phia Group now offers a consultation service featuring a per-employee per-month subscription fee.

“From business development and third party contract review to the application of ambiguous plan exclusions in unusual circumstances, you need legal consultation. To address regulatory compliance concerns, claim processing queries, and to collaborate on difficult administrative tasks, having an experienced team of attorneys and industry experts on call is a must have,” remarked The Phia Group’s CEO, Adam V. Russo, “The Phia Group understands, however, that the cost can be prohibitive – until now.”

The Phia Group’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Ron E. Peck, remarked, “We believe that we are all ethically obligated to seek out objective, professional feedback in response to difficult situations. When the cost of such aid increases as the time spent on the matter extends, those who bill by the hour are rewarded for delays, and clients are punished for seeking out thorough review. The Phia Group opposes that inherent conflict of interest.”

With an ICE subscription fee, clients can preemptively budget for and share the cost of this invaluable resource – allowing The Phia Group and their clients to focus on what is really important – results.

For more information regarding ICE and The Phia Group’s many other services, please contact The Phia Group’s Sales Executive, Garrick Hunt, by email at or by phone at 781-535-5644.

The First 100 Days: President-elect Donald Trump, Healthcare, and Self-Funding
The election is behind us, and no matter who you supported, it was one of the most divisive in recent history. Regarding the contentious topic of healthcare, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a better, more efficient system. The future of our industry is sure to change.

Thank you for joining The Phia Group as we shared our predictions in a special-edition webinar. It’s going to be an interesting year…

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Ethics: Simple Mistakes vs. Breach
As the Department of Labor hones in on what is ethical (or unethical) and what constitutes fiduciary liability, plan administrators, third party administrators, brokers, and various advisors who service self-funded plans must make a renewed effort to ensure that their actions are in compliance with current legal and ethical standards. All self-funded entities must take steps to avoid actions that may be deemed unethical or in violation of their considerable responsibilities - and even when exercising good faith, it is still possible to act unethically.

“Every day, millions of dollars are responsibly handled by HCAA members on behalf of self-funded health plans. Unfortunately, we all know of cases where our fellow administrators have made errors or acted unethically,” said HCAA’s CEO, Carol Berry. “The Phia Group’s attorneys are experts in the fields of ethics and fiduciary liability, and we thought it timely to partner with them in presenting an informational webinar to our industry.”

Thank you for joining The Phia Group’s CEO, Adam V. Russo, Esq., and Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, Ron E. Peck, Esq. on November 15, 2016. In this presentation, they delved into the intricacies of the law surrounding self-funded ethics and examine recent case law involving entities that have toed the line of unethical behavior, sometimes finding themselves on the wrong side of this quagmire.

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