Caroline concentrates her practice in the area of ERISA, Employee Benefits & Health Care. Her practice focuses, in large part, on health and welfare plans, including, but not limited to, health care reform compliance, cafeteria plans, HIPAA privacy and security, Medicare, COBRA, flexible benefits, health reimbursement arrangements, dependent care, voluntary benefits, and wellness programs.
Through her representation of both nationally-recognized and local employers, third party administrators, health care providers, wellness providers, insurance companies, accountants, brokers, and individuals, Caroline has handled a wide variety of compliance issues. Not only does she handle legal matters for both fully-insured and self-funded plans, she also routinely manages plan administration, design, documentation and implementation for both single-employer and multiple employer plans. Caroline assists in drafting, revising, and negotiating service provider agreements, ensuring disclosure and reporting compliance to government agencies and individuals, performing fiduciary training, and facilitating both internal and external audits of benefit plans. She works with private, governmental, university, and church employers.
Caroline further counsels her clients on all HIPAA- and HITECH-related matters. Caroline performs client-tailored HIPAA training, drafts, revises, and negotiates Business Associate Agreements, drafts and implements HIPAA policies and procedures, performs breach analyses, assists in breach notification, and ensures compliance with other federal and state laws relating to privacy and security of health-related data.
Caroline’s practice also encompasses related health care matters, as her ERISA and Employee Benefits expertise has developed and uniquely been applied to health care matters in a way that provides clients with a well-rounded understanding of all of the issues impacting the agreement, plan, or arrangement at issue. Caroline has worked with her clients to research, develop, and implement the latest and greatest cost-cutting measures available in the health care industry, ensuring satisfaction of the client’s immediate and long-term needs.
Finally, although Caroline’s practice primarily focuses on group health plan compliance matters, Caroline also consistently advises on qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, executive compensation, tuition assistance, and related tax matters. During law school, Caroline worked as a law clerk for the employee benefits group at McGrath North where she gained valuable experience working on both health and retirement plans.