BPHA – Individual Sessions

Each session contains three or four modules. Pass each quiz to receive 3.5 CE credits towards the 35 required for your BPHA designation in Canadian benefits and private healthcare. Join the growing group of benefits professionals with this designation and complete all 10 sessions.

Download details of sessions and presenters or scroll down for an overview of events and to register.

CE credits – You must complete and pass each quiz with a score or 80% or more to earn your CE credits and receive credit towards your BPHA designation.

Materials – when you register you will receive access to the online, prerecorded session for the module you have selected with audio/PDF links, downloadable materials and access to a quiz for each module.

Program updates – To keep this program current, modules in the sessions may be updated from time to time. Please contact nathansmofsky@connexhc.com if you have any questions about updates to this program.

In-person lunch time sessions – if you enroll for the full program you are eligible for discounted registration fees for our in-person lunch time BPHA industry update and keynote events on November 5, 2019 and April 21, 2020. Mark your calendar now!

Registration – is easy! Just click on the session link below that you want to take for just $65.00 CAD plus HST either through PayPal or your credit card.

Or enroll for all 10 sessions for just $500.00 plus HST and save plus receive a discount to our lunchtime sessions in November and April.

1. The Benefits Landscape

Modules in this session present an overview of the industry landscape and relevant stakeholders, including a segment covering the Quebec benefits environment. At the end of this session you will have a baseline knowledge of the employee benefits sector and an overview of some of today’s current issues.


2. Funding Arrangements, Pooling and Flexible Benefits

This session has three modules. Modules in this session deliver an understanding of the funding and underwriting arrangements in the marketplace, pooling in today’s environment and flexible benefits for small and large groups. At the end of this session you will have a sound understanding of current practices and challenges for each.


3. Renewals and Marketing

This session has three modules. Modules in this session provide details of renewal analysis and forecasting, how to develop marketing specifications and how to analyze proposals, including plan design, and present the results to clients. At the end of this session you will have a good understanding of the renewal process, how to market a plan and how to present a renewal.


4. Communications, Administration, The Law and Fraud

This session has four modules. Modules in this session provide insight on the important role of communications in plan design, management and governance, the important role of administration to ensure all eligible employees have the right coverage and the legal responsibilities of benefits and human resource management, and the extent of fraud in employee benefits and anti-fraud initiatives. At the end of this session you will have a good understanding of effective communication strategies, administration priorities, legal obligations and how to prevent and manage fraud.


5. Pooled and Voluntary Benefits, Group Travel and Individual Health and Dental Plans

This session has three modules. Modules in this session provide an understanding of pooled benefits including mandatory and voluntary group life, accidental death and dismemberment, critical illness and other voluntary benefits that can be offered to plan members. At the end of this session you will have a better understanding of the role of pooled and voluntary benefits and the advantages to plan members when they have access to supplementary coverage at affordable group prices.


6. The Drug Reimbursement Process and Data Analytics

Modules in this session address dental and health benefits, fully insured and self funded, and the associated complexities around them, including covered services, trends and affordability issues, data analytics for these benefits, and additional government health benefits available when group coverage is limited or not available. The session also includes an overview of nontraditional pharmacy services and arrangements that can benefit plan sponsors and their plan members. At the end of this session you will understand the challenges in managing dental and health plans, government health programs, the expanding role of pharmacy and how data analytics can be used to provide insights into plan management.


7. Government Benefits and Public-Private Sustainability

Modules in this session dig deeper into the important drug plan issues of today, public and private. You will learn about affordability in the public and private sector world of prescription drugs, including the developing discussion on pharmacare. You will also learn about the broad sweep of government benefits available across the country.


8. Prevention, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Pharmacy

This session has three modules. Modules in this session address the important role of prevention and wellness (wellbeing) as well as chronic disease management in managing plan member health and employee benefit plan design and budgets. We will also address drug plan formularies, formulary management and how electronic claims adjudication has changed the way drug benefits are managed. We will also address the expanding role of pharmacists in delivering chronic disease management to plan members and finally we will connect the dots to discuss the overall impact on benefit plans when plan members, plan sponsors and providers work together to improve member wellbeing. At the end of this session you will understand some of the key steps to plan member wellbeing, including starting an effective and measurable wellness program, the role of pharmacy benefits managers, and the importance of exploring the expanding number of tools and providers to achieve member health goals in plan design, including pharmacy.


9. Absence, Disability, Disability Management and Government Disability Benefits

This session has three modules. Modules in this session will address the philosophy of absence and disability management, the process of an absence through to becoming a disability, claim initiation, the importance of early and ongoing communication and timely access to medical care, best practice management from an insurer and external consultant perspective, return to work and record keeping. Presenters will also address government benefits; occupational and non-occupation and some of the challenges that are presented under a dual system. At the end of this session you will learn some of the most important aspects of absence and disability management that will allow you to respond appropriately and ask the right questions when you and/or your clients or your plan members are faced with an absence.


10. Innovations and New Horizons in Benefits

This session has three modules. This is a glimpse of investment that may fundamentally change our industry and benefits innovation. Modules in this session address the creative plan solutions that are emerging in the marketplace for small, medium and large groups, the disruptors to the employee benefits landscape that are pushing towards fundamental changes that will affect all stakeholders, and the impact of technology. At the end of this session you will understand at the individual group level and larger market forces that are promising to change the benefits landscape for all stakeholders involved.