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NCCI Atlas Initiative – Making Searches Work For Users

I just finished watching the NCCI Atlas Initiative webinar that was part of their Data Education program.   I found it interesting that NCCI is now doing something about the same concerns that users have had for many years.

My biggest gripe which they addressed and will be enhancing is the search functions, especially in their manuals.  Doing searches in past resulted in sometimes 200+ entries to access the info for one question.

NCCI began with the Residual Market manuals and will be updating more of the information over the next nine months.  No offense meant, but I think the NCCI Atlas Initiative goals for September 2022 will take longer than anticipated – which is to be expected for such a large undertaking.

How do I know this?  I was an IT professional before I began my career in insurance.  Things just take longer.  I think patience will be the keyword going forward.

Make sure that you share your constructive feedback with them.  You can always contact the very helpful Cristine Pike  [email protected]   The below picture is the schedule of sorts for the NCCI Atlas Initiative updates.

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NCCI Atlas Initiative – Scopes and Basic Manuals

These two manuals sorely needed updating on how searches were conducted for information and the search results.  I sometimes had well over 200 results.  This will save time for the user and NCCI will not have to entertain so many incoming calls once fully completed later this year – including the Users’ Guide.

Recent press release on the Scopes and Basic Manuals

I did not know that NCCI has progressed this far in its manual updates.  I was using the old manuals until very recently.

Below is the recent press release on the manuals.   You can find all the press releases here.

The video that I watched is here. 

As part of NCCI’s Atlas Initiative, focused on modernizing the way NCCI delivers key information, we have reimagined the Scopes® Manual into a new, user-friendly format.

Highlights include

  • state-based manuals with state specials and exceptions all in one place
  • reorganized content—including descriptions and phraseology—that’s easy to scan and understand
  • descriptions provided at the phraseology level, not just the code level
  • expanded search options with four additional indices, and
  • fully searchable transformed Scopes® Manual content in Class Look-Up, a single solution for class code information and much more.

If you’ve seen the transformed Basic Manual, effective 2021, and the new Residual Market Manual, you’ll notice that the Scopes® Manual makeover offers a similar topic-based format and structured writing style.


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