WCIS eNews No. 34
June 27, 2003

Improved WCIS system coming Fall 2003

The WCIS group has been working on improvements and corrections to the WCIS system. Even though the current system has been relatively stable and the performance has been sufficient, there are some systemic issues that required addressing. We are in the last testing phases, testing to ensure that the upgraded system operates according to the IAIABC and California Implementation Guide rules and with minimal differences compared to the current system. Our goal is to make the transition from the current system to the improved system for all Trading Partners as transparent as possible.

However, there will still be some differences between the two systems that may impact Trading Partners. As we continue testing, we will communicate any and all relevant information to the Trading Partners. This will especially be true of any differences between the two systems that may impact the Trading Partners' systems. The planned schedule is to implement the improvements at the end of September 2003. A revised draft of the California EDI Implementation Guide will be sent out in the near future with additional information on the improved system and decisions made during the recent WCIS Advisory Committee meeting (see meeting minutes).

So far, here are the differences we have identified:
1. The Jurisdiction Claim Number size will increase to 22 digits.
2. Duplicate IP transactions for the same Claim Number will not be allowed.
3. Some error codes will be different for the same error, due to some ambiguity with the error messages (e.g., SROI sequence error: current system=59 "Value not consistent with value previously reported", improved system=63 "Invalid event sequence/relationship").

WCIS seeking beta testers:

The WCIS is seeking volunteers to participate in Beta testing the updated system for collecting FROI/SROI data. Your participation can assist us in ensuring a smooth transition to the new system and enhancing WCIS. It will also offer you the opportunity to gain an early and valuable understanding of what you can expect when WCIS switches to this system.

The WCIS is also seeking volunteers to participate in Alpha testing the WCIS system to collect medical data. If you might be interested in either test, please contact your EDI Contact for details.

Minutes for the WCIS Advisory Committee Meeting held on May 28, 2003 The minutes and power point slides are available at http://www.dir.ca.gov/DWC/WCISpubs/Min52803.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact your TP Contact, listed below.

Damon Chen, Trading Partners - B-H, M, P-R
e-mail: dcchen@dir.ca.gov
Tel. 415.703-4413 Fax: 415.703.5911

Johnny Lee, Trading Partners - A, I-L, N, O, S-Z
e-mail: jblee@dir.ca.gov
Tel: 415.703.4427 Fax: 415.703.5911

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