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The International Assn. of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions is leading the charge for the electronic exchange of workers comp information.

During the past seven years, the Lawrence, Kan.-based IAIABC has coordinated a joint effort among state workers compensation agencies, the insurance industry and employers to develop uniform standards and formats for electronic data interchange.

Workers comp jurisdictions are increasingly adopting the standards. Currently, 20 states are participating by requiring or allowing the electronic filing of first and subsequent reports of workers compensation injuries.

To help ensure continued uniformity in electronic workers comp filings, the IAIABC has begun enforcing its copyright on implementation guides as well as licensing EDI standards to participating claims administrators or payors for a fee. The licensing fees will provide funds to continue the project to develop electronic information standards.

However, a 1997 IAIABC moratorium on developing new formats is keeping EDI planners focused on promoting existing IAIABC formats among state workers comp agencies and payers until the year 2000. Formats on the drawing board affect return to work and litigation.

The IAIABC also has launched a program to certify vendors of EDI services, such as software companies, that meet certain quality and performance criteria to ensure uniform adoption of the IAIABC standards.

For more information, contact the IAIABC at 785-840-9103.