Creative Employee Benefits Plans on the Rise: Corporate Health Plans Resource Available

Many large employers are moving to create private health care exchanges or other creative alternatives to traditional employee benefits plans. Health Care Attorney Christine Burke Worthen, who recently joined the statewide Florida law firm Broad and Cassel, is one of few attorneys in the country well versed in the highly-technical requirements of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and employee benefits plans.

She is prepared to discuss insights related to:
• Employee health exchanges
• The Affordable Care Act and its implications on employers
• Employee benefits trends nationwide
• Employee retirement plans

Worthen is experienced in working with employers to find creative ways to provide essential employee benefits in a fiscally responsible way. The health plans she has helped to develop have included partnerships with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to promote better care coordination and aggressive wellness programs in an effort to reduce health care premium costs for both employees and employers.

Worthen most recently served as Assistant General Counsel to Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, a fully integrated healthcare delivery system with more than 10,000 employees and $1 billion in annual revenue. Eastern Maine operates one of the 32 Pioneer ACOs, the most sophisticated ACOs in the country. Christine has provided valuable counsel for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, in the wake of healthcare reform and its transformation to value-based reimbursement. Christine began her career in Boston and has been practicing for more than 15 years. In addition to her general hospital and ACO expertise, she has provided counsel on sophisticated tax issues and ERISA/employee benefit matters. She is a Boston University graduate, cum laude, and received her Juris Doctorate from New England Law, Boston and her L.L.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.

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