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  1. Better claim reports can help improve producer/carrier communications (take our poll) January 29, 2010

    Posted in Customer Service, SPOT on Ops.

    Improved producer carrier relationships can be a competitive advantage to help increase profitability in tough economic times. According to the survey, a key differentiator for carriers to attract more business from their producers is in the areas of claims handling and technology. Most modern claims systems can create automated customized reports. Producers should be able to ask for specific reports and have them electronically scheduled for delivery. Better reporting will go a long way to improving relationships, and can only help increase profitability and enhance service to the policy holders.

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  2. Medical Malpractice report shows increased severity despite lower frequency January 28, 2010

    Posted in Medical Malpractice, SPOT on Issues.

    Tweet The Insurance Information Institute has just released a comprehensive look at Medical Malpractice outlining recent developments and industry trends (read more at Medical Malpractice: The Topic). This article breaks down the industry by looking at, among other things, market conditions and national developments. Key highlights include Damage caps can save $54 Billion in medical […]

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  3. 5 expense reduction opportunities insurance CEOs should not overlook January 27, 2010

    Posted in SPOT on Costs.

    Increased profits come from efficient claims operations: Take a look at that annual reports of the top performing insurance companies and you will see a similar message from their CEO’s. Expense management and efficiency is a principal driver of profitability.In a tight market do less with more without sacrificing quality and significantly customer service is the edge needed to be a top performer. The claims department is the perfect place to lower costs and improve the customer experience at the same time. Here are 5 key areas that should be looked at for cost savings.

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  4. Are claim departments’ process and systems ready for the new “Freelance Nation” worker? January 26, 2010

    Posted in SPOT on Ops.

    Can claim departments handle the change in the American workforce. The insurance industry has struggled in recent years to attract and retain new talent, especially in claims organizations. In an effort to continually provide the best talent, as well as provide the best customer service, more of the “Freelance Nation” will need to be employed. To do this, claim organizations will need to employ strong procedures and up-to-date technology to ensure optimal performance from this more fragmented workforce. Are they ready?

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  5. A checklist of the 8 critical issues to be concerned about when self-managing claims January 25, 2010

    Posted in SPOT on Ops.

    You self-insure, but how well do you manage claims? Companies make decisions to self-insure their risks for a variety of reasons from financing to claims control. Regardless of the reason, when handling claims in-house it is important to manage those claims in an organized manner to protect company assets. Insurance and reinsurance companies use loss experience to determine what to charge for coverage as well as how much coverage is needed

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  6. Putting Puzzle Pieces Together and the Challenge of Creating a New Claims System January 22, 2010

    Posted in Claims Technology, My History.

    Tweet Creating a new claims system should be easy with no legacy, right? Not so fast! One of the great things about going to work for a start-up insurance company with a lot of venture money is the idea that you can build everything from scratch. No legacy of losses, a clean balance sheet, and […]

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  7. With old claims systems come old claims processes – You can’t change one without the other! January 21, 2010

    Posted in Claims Technology, SPOT on Costs.

    Tweet So you need a new claims system You know the darn thing doesn’t work or do what you want it to do so what’s next? You can’t just go out and buy a new system without understanding what your current process looks like. Over the years you have adopted your operation to your existing […]

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  8. Why use a consultant? The second set of eyes! January 20, 2010

    Posted in SPOT on Costs.

    Tweet Ever try and organize your own closet? It should be so easy to get the thing in order yet for some reason it’s very difficult. That is until you bring in a closet organizer to arrange everything in easy to manage sections. Sometimes the only way to truly accomplish a task is to have […]

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  9. Start-up – Lets get down and dirty and pitch in on everything January 19, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    Tweet On day one as Vice President of Claims for Arch Insurance Company I found myself working in cramped space in Lower Manhattan where the CEO shared an office with others and the head of Professional Liability Underwriting found a happy home in an electrical closet. Arch was rapidly growing its underwriting and was binding […]

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  10. Change comes quickly when you least expect it January 19, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    Tweet 9/11 changed everything for a lot of people. I was at my desk at One Liberty Plaza across the street from the World Trade Center when the attacks occurred. I was literally shaken from my desk and the world would never be the same. There were significant emotional and physical issues to deal with. […]

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  11. I found my insurance calling – Making operations better and the job easier! January 18, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    Tweet Working at Zurich was a great growing and learning experience. One thing about an insurance company is the need to document and follow procedures. Whether as a defense to a potential bad faith action, or in order to continually justify your actions, there are steps that need to be followed. Managing claims is a […]

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  12. So this is claims – hey this job is pretty interesting! January 17, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    Tweet Welcome to the world of property and casualty claims management. I learned quickly to sit down and avoid the speakerphone. I also learned how to reserve files and negotiate settlements. I managed defense counsel and working with senior management to ensure underwriters, actuarial and finance, were aware of the impact of my work on […]

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  13. My first insurance job – So this is insurance January 15, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    Tweet Amazingly, it did not take time to find a position (the economy was a tad better back in 1998). I answered a New York Time classified advertisement, interviewed with several staff members (welcome to the corporate world) and was offered a position as a claims supervisor at Zurich Insurance Company. While many of my […]

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  14. In the begining I was a Lawyer January 14, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    I began my career as an attorney on Long Island defending doctors against actions of malpractice – a solid beginning with a promising future.

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  15. Day 1 – Blog 1 January 14, 2010

    Posted in My History.

    Tweet So here it is, day 1 of the blog to end all blogs. Or not. Insurance usually has the effect of exciting people to extol negativity rather than something positive so as I sit here about to justify my chosen profession I will start with a little history. No I did not wake up […]

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