WCIS eNews No. 35
August 20, 2003

IAIABC 89th Annual Convention
San Francisco, CA * September 2-6, 2003
Marriot Hotel
55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103-3199

The IAIABC (International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions) is excited to be working with the California Division of Workers' Compensation, this year's Convention host. San Francisco is the ideal location for both an informative and entertaining Convention experience. Building on the strengths of last year's convention, the program will provide a wide range of topics presented by some of the leading figures in their fields.

Questions? If you have any questions about the Convention, please call the IAIABC office at 608-663-6355 or email Jennifer Wolf (JWOLF@IAIABC.ORG) Events Coordinator. See attached Convention Agenda

Please click on the links below to learn more!

  • IAIABC EDI Web Site: http://www.iaiabc.org/EDI/edi_index.htm
  • EDI Training: http://www.iaiabc.org/EDI/edi_training_index.htm
  • 2003 Convention http://www.iaiabc.org/Conferences/2003_convention/2003_convention_index.htm
  • San Francisco Marriott: http://www.marriott.com/epp/default.asp?MarshaCode=SFODT

    The IAIABC Convention in San Francisco will include classes, presentations, and meetings that will be very important for all WCIS Trading Partners. This includes:

  • Valuable EDI training classes
  • Final review and acceptance of the EDI Release 3 format
  • Meetings on Medical Data collection

    EDI Training at the IAIABC Convention
    "I learned more in four hours of this education than I have learned in two months of on-the-job training!" - Danna Goodwin, Goodwin Consulting

    Tuesday, September 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA

    The IAIABC EDI training curriculum is a proven success, taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors. You will learn basic through advanced concepts and a working knowledge of submitting Workers' Comp reports using IAIABC's EDI standards which are necessary as WCIS Trading Partners. It has been reworked over the past several years into a set of fun, activity-based learning experiences. Workers' comp technology vendors, third party administrators, data reporting staff, and IT staff have all benefited from this training.

    In one day, the experienced IAIABC trainers will cover the following topics:
    EDI 101 - Basic concepts of submitting WC reports using IAIABC's EDI products. What is EDI? Why to report via EDI? How to report via EDI. The history of EDI. The EDI process. The components of EDI. EDI implementation. EDI trading partner agreements. The components of EDI and EDI membership.
    EDI 201 - Intermediate concepts in EDI, mostly W.C. claims reporting edits, acknowledgements for reports. EDI 'Basics' - A Brief Review Current Status of Who's Using or Implementing EDI for Claims, Understanding and Using the Standard & State-Specific Implementation Guides, Transaction Vocabulary, Triggers, Transaction sequencing, Event Tables, and Element Requirement Tables, Acknowledgements, Edits & Errors
    EDI 301 - Advanced Technical Concepts for those with computer programming responsibilities or knowledge. Will cover: Constructing EDI format, Data Formats, Transactions, Batch transmissions, Headers, Trailers, Transaction set IDs, requirement codes, etc.

    Training is FREE for those who register jointly with the IAIABC Convention. Otherwise, the fee for each class is $75, or $225 for all three. The class schedule is found by either clicking the EDI Training link below, or by opening the attachment (it's a flyer/registration form) to this email.

    Release 3 of EDI Claims for Year End Release

    If your firm uses electronic data interchange to report claims to states, Release 3 is a welcome break through. This latest version of the IAIABC EDI standard for claims is intended to be the universal standard for use by all states. It will simplify the maintenance of EDI reporting, especially for those operating in a multi-state environment.

    The new standard has been developed over the past three years by several committees of the IAIABC. This consensus based process between industry and regulatory bodies will reach its conclusion at the meeting of the EDI Council at the San Francisco Convention. To learn more visit the EDI home page by clicking here.

    Medical Reporting To Agencies Advances

    The number of states interested in claims level reporting of medical encounter information is growing steadily. States want better information for analysis and system monitoring. The IAIABC Medical Committee will be hosting several meetings to discuss medical reporting formats and uses during the San Francisco Annual Convention. These meetings will allow regulators, payers, and vendors to discuss the IAIABC EDI standard for medical reporting.

    Enhancements to that standard, such as clinical notes, will be planned. Coordination with other standard setting organizations is underway and will be discussed. Finally, training and educational activities are planned.

    To learn more visit the San Francisco Convention page and view the agenda by clicking here. Questions about medical reporting, standards development for EDI, or coordination with HIPAA and other standard setting entities, please contact Faith Howe, IAIABC EDI manager.

    Other highlights at this Convention include the following:

  • Committee Leadership Training -- "Handling Tough Media Questions"
  • A "nuts and bolts" tutorial workshop on using letters of credit for self insurance security
  • A collaborative meeting with representatives of the Surety Association of America
  • Unveiling of new on-line training opportunities for adjustors and other WC professionals
  • New survey research about the administration of workers' compensation systems
  • A joint meeting with the NAIC to study large deductible programs
  • International issues forum
  • Medicare and workers' compensation
  • Implementing medical fee schedules that control medical costs
  • Terrorism risks, safeguards, and their effects on insurance markets

    Continuing Education credits have been requested for medical, legal, and agent continuing education. Credits for specific professions and jurisdictions can be requested by contacting IAIABC headquarters.

    Visit the Annual Convention http://www.iaiabc.org/Conferences/2003_convention/2003_convention_index.htm page for more details on the hotel and agenda.

    If you have any questions about the Convention, please call the IAIABC office at 608-663-6355 or email Jennifer Wolf(jwolf@iaiabc.org).

    For WCIS/EDI questions, contact your TP Contact, listed below.

    Damon Chen, Trading Partners - B-H, M, P-R
    e-mail: mailto: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: mailto:jblee@dir.ca.gov
    Tel: 415.703.4427 Fax: 415.703.5911

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