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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.

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The Top 10 things I learned this year were:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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    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.

  7. 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.
  8. Richard Saltzman of NCCI is still my favorite instructor as in past years.   Kudos to him again.
  9. 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.
  10.  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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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.

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