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Safety Program – No Doubt Quickest Way To Lower E-Mods


Safety Program Lowers E-Mods By Eliminating Accidents

A safety program will always be the quickest way to lower  E-Mods. Recently, the subject of E-Mod/X-Mods surfaced in a few publications and on some of the social networks that I participate on Workers Comp. There were many discussions and posts on what would be the fastest way to lower an E-Mod.

Rating Safety program graph
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There are many publications on how to understand E-Mods. The best one that I have read is the free videos that are on NCCI’s website under their education page. NCCI also has material that you can print that covers some of the areas of how E-Mods are calculated. The videos are not that long and are worth it if you are responsible for safety and risk management at your employer.

We have built up a large clientele from analyzing and projecting E-Mods for employers. There are a few techniques that can be attempted to lower on the E-Mod on the back-end such as checking for mistakes in the way the insurance company reported the claims data to NCCI or the State Rating Bureau . However, there is a more rapid E-Mod reduction technique.
Picture Finger Pointing E-Mods at Security Lock

The quickest way to reduce the E-Mod is most definitely  involves  safety programs. Keeping your employees out of the claims system will drop E-Mods like a rock if done properly.  Patience with your safety program diminished too quickly in many situation.  Reducing your risk factors takes time.

The very basic E-Mod or X-Mod equation is adjusted actual losses / adjusted expected losses. The expected losses are derived from your company’s payroll size and classification codes. The idea is to keep the top number in the equation (numerator) as small as possible.
This post is getting a little long. I will pick the subject up again in my next post.
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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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