What does apply is the fact that starting in 2018 the IRS requires you to report NEC separately from any other 1099misc income. This requires you to do two batches of 1099s with separate 1098s If you have any payments for anything other than NEC, such as for example. If you don’t separate them the IRS considers your filing late and is subject to penalties.
QBO doesn’t support this at all, and while you can get it done in desktop, once you uncheck a vendor while in the 1099 wizard, it unchecks their vendor record also. So then you have to go correct their setting so you don’t miss them next year. Totally frustrating. With the new 2020 form, I hope they get this all ironed out.