2018 NCCI Data Conference – My Fourth Year
The 2018 NCCI Data Conference – The Path To Data Excellence – provided a large amount of material to review as it had for the last three years.
The Top 10 things I learned this year were:
- Data reporting is a difficult task. There are so many state-based data exceptions under one roof, so to speak. Expecting a 100% accuracy on data may not be applicable. An example would be mesothelioma claims in Missouri have special data reporting requirements that require filing correction reports with NCCI for up to 10 years.
- NCCI does provide the manuals online after the conference, but the questions posed during the sessions are priceless in understanding the material. I had tried to just read through the sessions manuals in prior years. That technique did not work.
- It does get cold in Florida in January. Even participants from Canada and the Dakotas said they were cold. The wind is whipping through the buildings at over 30 mph.
- Florida is usually packed with people this time of year. The Palm Beaches are like a ghost town. Even the Uber drivers agreed that people are staying in due to the cold weather.
- Texas is a very difficult state to understand on data reporting. They did come online with NCCI in 2016. They have so many rules that are very different than other states.
The mix of people attending the conference is not as varied as in the past. This may be due to the intense cold here over the last few days. The receptions have mostly data managers and analysts as the only attendants.
- Why am I here – understanding the data input requirements goes a long way into understanding how NCCI’s Mod system functions. Some of the state exceptions aid me in analyzing clients’ data structures.
- Richard Saltzman of NCCI is still my favorite instructor as in past years. Kudos to him again.
- NCCI is changing dramatically with new types of data reporting requirements. Has anyone noticed they are producing positive articles on Workers Comp? Even their general reports have a different flair.
- The trip for me was still worthwhile. I am looking for nuggets of information that helps me to not have to call NCCI every time I have a question. The conference saved NCCI and myself approximately 40 hours on the phone asking questions as I had to five years ago.
Is this conference for everyone? It is not. However, it is worthwhile if you deal with NCCI data on any level. I did meet with a few client while in the area and a few associated companies such as ClearAdvantage Risk Management.
Will I come back next year? That is a very likely occurrence. The 2018 NCCI Data Conference was a success.
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