Posts by: Origami Staff

Taking control of the values collection process

The use of RMIS technology that has been designed to handle the values collection process can help to reduce the amount of time risk management teams spend gathering data.

For risk professionals, the conclusion of a 2017 risk management survey will likely come as no surprise: “Risk Managers, regardless of experience level, are being asked to do more with less.”

Nearly one-third (31%) of respondents indicate that given “additional time”, they would focus on improving internal processes. “The survey results point to Risk Managers being mired in the day-to-day task of servicing their internal constituents, making it difficult to pivot to the strategic questions being raised by their CFOs.” read more

Claims compliance and reporting: Choosing the right technology partner

To be sure that you’re selecting the right workers’ compensation claims compliance and reporting partner, a vendor’s track record is the closest thing to a “crystal ball” that exists.

“To stay competitive in today’s marketplace, companies need complex and multi-faceted digital capabilities,” writes Rashmi Dalia in The Economist. “However, no one company can easily possess all the resources needed to develop robust technology systems, and trying to do it alone can prove difficult and costly.”

For insurers and TPAs, choosing to work with a technology partner has increasingly become a critical strategic decision. 76% of respondents to a 2017 Accenture survey agree that “competitive advantage will not be determined by their organization alone, but by the strength of the partners and ecosystems they choose.”

Identifying gaps and areas in core systems where it makes the most sense to integrate third-party technology is one part of the challenge. Equally important to finding the right technology solution is having confidence in the people behind the technology. read more

TPA Tech Guide #1: Gaining a competitive edge

In the Accenture Technology Vision for Insurance 2017 Report, nearly 9 out of 10 respondents stated, “their organizations must innovate at an increasingly rapid pace just to keep a competitive edge.” Despite this technological arms race among TPAs, much of the focus remains on backend systems, which may drive some operational efficiencies but fall short in alluring tech savvy customers. read more

Growing your business through analytics — Getting started

A recent article, “Transforming into an analytics-driven carrier“, examines best practices in what is a multi-stage journey that requires equal parts business and analytics leadership. The end goal is an organization where:

  • Data-driven decision making is the standard
  • Analytics is central to claims adjustment, underwriting, and pricing processes
  • Analytics drive the entire business, functions are better integrated, and organizational silos no longer exist

The transformation is also dependent on having the right technology in place in order to begin to get buy-in and build momentum as a strategic vision for the organization is implemented. As a McKinsey Quarterly article puts it, companies must begin to build a foundation which enables change. “People have been talking about data-driven cultures for a long time, but what it takes to create one is changing as a result of the new tools available. Companies have a wider set of options to spur analytics engagement among critical employees.” For carriers still looking to move off of core legacy systems that struggle with modern requirements, even starting down the path to becoming an analytics-based insurer may seem out of reach. read more

The high costs of not automating claims reporting

A major study by Accenture spanning 15 years of research compiled across more than 70,000 claims reached a troubling conclusion. Nearly half of an adjuster’s day is lost to low value, non-core administrative work. What makes up a large portion of that waste? In a word, paperwork.

Managing the completion and submission of required forms for each claim—from locating the latest version of a required document, to rekeying claim data into multiple forms and letters—is a key driver. To make matters worse, submitting the wrong forms (or omitting required data) can lead to substantial fines. These fines, however, are not the only costs created by relying on a manual claims reporting process.

The Hidden Costs of a Manual Process

There are three financial impacts from a manual process that are often overlooked:

  • The cost of finding data
  • The cost of bad data
  • The cost of data silos

Together, these hidden costs can be a substantial hit on any claims operation. read more

Finding added value in RMIS: Business continuity/disaster recovery

Munich Re reports that 2017 was the second most expensive year for natural disasters ever recorded, with overall global losses estimated at over $360B. For the U.S., last year’s severe storms resulted in a share of losses that was significantly higher (50%), than the long-term average (32%). A recently published Business Insurance special report cites estimates of insured losses of $15.4B–with $12B caused by inland flooding–stemming from Hurricane Harvey, alone.

Ernst Rauch, head of Munich Re’s Corporate Climate Center, holds that these patterns are likely to continue. “We have a new normal. 2017 was not an outlier.”

A quick look at the weather on the first day of Spring seems to underscore that point.

  • Businesses in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast expect to be digging out from the fourth winter storm in 3 weeks.
  • High winds and hail are causing damage across the Southeast.
  • Flash flood watches have been issued by the NWS in parts of Southern California.

Is your business prepared for the “new normal”?

With large-scale natural disasters becoming increasingly common and more costly, a renewed focus on business continuity and disaster recovery is essential. Preparing for these events, along with the ability to rebound from them, are a factor on which businesses must now be able to compete. read more

Streamlining risk pool operations

As shared-risk pools strive to provide better service and increase the value for their members, the importance of streamlining insurance operations is critical. Not only do pools need to provide the level of services that members demand, but they need to do it in a sustainable way that allows staff resources to maximize the time they spend providing high-value services. As Forrester Research recently published, today’s organizations must apply “digital thinking across everything you do — how you win, serve, and retain customers”.

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Using technology to increase client engagement

When clients are actively engaged with their carrier, the organization gains the opportunity to provide higher value services that can help clients make strategic decisions and drive down costs. Paper-based and labor-intensive processes, legacy systems that struggle with modern requirements, and data siloed in disparate, unconnected applications all run counter to this effort. Origami Risk, however, provides several features that allow carriers to fully engage with their clients and deliver actionable, strategic data that can impact clients’ bottom line.

Meeting the Modern Demands of Today’s Client

In our recent Trends That Will Shape 2018 post, we highlighted how the increasing demand for 24/7 access to information and self-service is expanding from the consumer market into all types of organizations. For insureds and agents, this translates into a desire for greater access to critical data, and to have it customized to fit with the way they want to work with it. read more

Value-added insights with PowerPoint reporting for brokers

The competitive pressures facing brokers are unrelenting. In Zywave’s 2017 Broker Services Survey, conducted last summer with over 600 respondents, the results paint a stark picture of the competitive marketplace. Nearly 1 in 5 respondents changed brokers over the past three years. Approximately 70% indicate they would abandon their current broker for communication or service related issues. In fact, the top three stated reasons that would make respondents leave a broker were all communication related. In contrast, leaving for a broker who can lower premiums ranked a distant 6th place. Today’s broker has to compete on communication, or suffer the defection of clients to those who do.
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Getting more from your RMIS implementation

This is the third part of a three-part series that we hope will prove helpful in the RMIS selection process. Part 1 explained how moving from spreadsheets to RMIS can be beneficial and included some suggestions for determining if the switch to a RMIS might be warranted. Part 2 provided tips on researching vendors, suggestions for including stakeholders in the buying process, and thoughts on the potential for a new RMIS to solve issues that commonly exist between risk management and other departments.

You’ve put in the research, evaluated RFPs, and interviewed vendors. After viewing demos and getting answers to questions, you’ve learned more about what makes each vendor’s technology and service unique. It seems that you’re finally closing in on selecting the RMIS that best fits the needs of your organization.

There is, of course, a lot of ground to be covered between now and the point at which the work of putting your system in place is begun. Yet it’s likely—based on first-hand experience or “horror stories” you’ve heard along the way—that you have your fair share of concerns related to implementation.

System implementation marks the transition from the known—however imperfect—to the unknown. Even the promise of moving to a RMIS that significantly improves the organization’s ability to manage risk, insurance, and claims data is not likely to make the change completely seamless. This is where selecting the right partner can make all the difference.
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