Many of you have probably read my blog and notice that I sometimes refer to an organization called the National Council on Compensation Insurance or NCCI.
Back in the mid 1990’s, I worked there briefly, and also did a stint with a software vendor company reporting data to NCCI and independent state bureaus for workers’ compensation claims and policy data.
One of my blog readers told me about this year’s conference held in West Palm Beach and that we could me there. He came down from North Carolina yesterday, but left after the last class.
The program began on Tuesday, but I attended sessions starting on Wednesday. These are the classes I took:
- Unit Statistical Data Editing and Correction
- Medical Data Call Validation
- Medical Data Collection Tool
- Introduction to Unit Statistical Data Reporting (refresher course for me)
- DCI Data Validation and Quality Issues
- WCSTAT (Unit) Data File Submission and Processing
- Unit Statistical Data-Premium Rating Programs and Exposures
- Unit Statistical Data-Loss and Claim Conditions
Most of the classes were two hours long, with a fifteen minute break in between.
The classes were given by two presenters who rotated during the sessions, so that you did not get just one person’s knowledge and experience.
The participants ranged in age, but many were considerably younger than your humble writer. I had missed the 2oth anniversary reception Tuesday evening, but this was not really a social event, so it did not matter.
The technology I saw displayed this week was a far cry from what I worked with back in the 90’s, and is all web-based and very easy to learn. My impression from the information presented in all classes was that NCCI is taking a more customer-friendly approach to workers’ comp data reporting, which was something I found lacking back in the 90’s.
I know there are still areas of contention with some aspects of NCCI’s ratemaking role, as someone recently pointed out on LinkedIn regarding higher premiums for certain classification codes that are forcing small businesses out of business, but that is the exception and not the rule.
Overall, I felt it was worth it to attend, and I have gained a better appreciation for data reporting.