Employee Benefits Consulting

Blue & Co. has customized employee benefit options for every business. Our firm is uniquely equipped with professionals who have years of experience creating customized retirement plans and helping organizations assess their pharmacy benefits.

At Blue Benefits Consulting, we actively monitor the laws that relate to pension administration and keep you informed of its impact. Our innovative ideas and efficient administration services are designed to keep your plan running smoothly, whether you need a new plan or modifications to an existing plan.

Plan Design & Consulting Services

  • Plan design tailored to the needs of your company and employees
  • Consultation with your financial advisor and attorney to finalize plan provisions
  • Cost projections of various design alternatives
  • Assistance maximizing tax advantages
  • Preparation of plan documents and administrative forms
  • Communication of plan provisions to your employees

Compliance Services

  • Employer contribution calculation
    Trust reconciliation and annual reporting
  • Regulatory compliance and non-discrimination testing
  • Participant statements and annual notice preparation as required
  • Participant distributions, including hardship, in-service and rollovers
  • Application of forfeitures according to your plan provisions
  • Calculation of participant loans and supporting documentation
  • Preparation of submission-ready Form 5500 ready for electronic signature

Audit Services

  • Assistance with governmental or external audits
  • Representation for IRS or DOL audit of plans

Plan Corrections

  • Preparation of application for IRS and DOL correction programs

The Pharmacy Benefits Consulting team is comprised of pharmacists who have been exposed to all sides of the pharmacy supply chain and work to bring that unique perspective to our clients. Our independent approach allows us to work with all PBMs, both big and small, to find the best solution for the client and their employees.

Education Services

  • Educate clients on the pharmacy supply chain
  • Provide overview of commonly used terminology
Contract Review Services
  • Analyzes your PBM contract terms
  • Analyzes your PBM rates
  • Negotiates new contracts
Vendor Management Services
  • Long-term RFP support
  • Manages PBM relationship

Claims Analysis Services

  • Provides a comprehensive review for savings opportunities
  • Analyzes variable copay, movement to lower cost/higher quality pharmacy channel
  • Ensure proper payment terms based on contract definitions
  • Consolidates non-essential drugs from plan formulary

PBM Procurement & Contracting

  • PBM Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Contract negotiation
  • PBM evaluations
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Benefit Briefs: Changes Impacting Plan Audit Requirements

Recent changes by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Form 5500, Form 5500-SF, and related instructions will impact future audit requirements for employee benefit plans. Understanding the Plan Audit Requirements Historically, an employee benefit plan has been required to receive an annual audit by an Independent Qualified Public Accountant (IQPA) when filing its Form […]

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10 Ways to Ensure Success in a First-Year Employee Benefit Plan Audit

Although all benefit plan audits involve complexities, a first-year audit can seem especially daunting. With decades of experience serving employee benefit plans, Blue & Co. works as a team with our clients to make sure each audit experience is an efficient, yet effective, one! While the list below was put together with first-year audits in […]

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Mickie Murphy, CPC, QPA, QKC, ERPA, Named President of Blue Benefits Consulting, Inc.

Mickie Murphy Named President of Blue Benefits Consulting, Inc.

CARMEL, Ind. (January 5, 2023) – Blue & Co., LLC and Blue Benefits Consulting, Inc. are delighted to share that Mickie Murphy, CPC, QKA, QPA, QKC, ERPA, has been named President of Blue Benefits Consulting (BBC). β€œI am pleased to announce that Mickie Murphy has been promoted to President of Blue Benefits Consulting, Inc.,” Brad […]

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