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MOD Explanation


Experience Modifiers

Also known as the “experience mod”, an experience modifier is a numerical expression of a company’s accident and injury record compared with the industry average. A rating of 1.0 means a company has an average safety record, while an experience mod of 0.80 means a company has a good safety record that could earn a 20% discount. An experience mod of 1.20 means a company’s accident rate is higher than industry norm and raises the company’s costs by 20%.

Your Experience Mod uses three years of data, excluding the most recently completed year. For example, a 2020 Experience Mod would take into account years 2016, 2017, and 2018. There are many variables that go into the calculation, including medical vs. indemnity claims, frequency, severity, etc, as well as payrolls and occupational class. The formula used is calculated by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), or, in the case of Virginia Commerce, it is promulgated by a third-party using the NCCI formula.

For a detailed explanation, NCCI has published a very helpful document “The ABC’s of Experience Rating.