GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW), a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm that designs, manages and implements employee benefit programs, has announced that the firm will host “Benefit Knowledge 8 Series,” a classroom-style seminar series for HR professionals held in conjunction with CAI, a North Carolina-based human resource management firm that helps organizations maximize employee engagement while minimizing employer liability, in order to provide a better understanding of employee benefit areas such as COBRA, HIPAA, wellness, FSAs, HSAs, HRAs, healthcare cost reduction, the impact of healthcare reform and more.

All courses are free and open to the public, but registration is required on the CAI website at All presentations offer a morning and an afternoon three-hour session held at CAI’s Greensboro office at 7817 National Service Road, Suite 509.

2013 presentation dates and titles include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14 – “Healthcare Reform Updates: What's in Store for 2013 and Beyond”
  • Tuesday, March 19 – “The Basics of Self- Funded Health Plans”
  • Thursday, April 25 – “Unearthing the Data in Your Benefit Plan to Bend Your Cost Curve”
  • Tuesday, May 14 – “How Well Do You Want To Be?”
  • Tuesday, July 16 – “The Audits are Coming! We’re not in Kansas Anymore ...”
  • Tuesday, Aug 20 – “The Price is Right: What Insurance Options Will Your Employees be Considering in 2014 and Beyond?”
  • Thursday, Oct. 17 – “How to be a Smart Healthcare Consumer”
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 – “Do the Math – Will You Play or Will You Pay?”

In order to assist human resource professionals with fulfilling the renewal of their HR certifications, all of HCW’s presentations and many of their speaking topics are accredited by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for either general or strategic management credit. Additionally, HCW provides sponsorship and speaking opportunities at various industry conferences held by organizations such as the Society of Human Resource Management and CAI.

“After attending these presentations, employers will be equipped with knowledge about future reform provisions that could cause compliance challenges for group health plans and how to plan for and meet these new requirements as healthcare reform is fully implemented,” said Skip Woody, partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody. “The presentations additionally offer an opportunity to receive HRCI accreditation, which all HR professionals must attain throughout the year.”