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Reducing Costs through Innovative Claims Management Solutions

Eliminate manual processes and automate claims processing with innovative Susco solutions. This will cut costs and streamline workflows.

Key takeaways:

  • Insurers must implement automation to make traditional, manual claims processes more efficient and reduce costs.
  • Automation reduces the time spent on manual data entry, correction, and retrieval. As a result, insurers optimize resource allocation and minimize operational expenses. 
  • Further, automation helps insurers avoid hefty fines by proactively identifying and mitigating compliance risks before they escalate into a full-blown crisis.
  • Insurers minimize disputes and associated legal costs by leveraging automated communication tools to keep stakeholders informed, address concerns promptly, and solicit feedback at key touchpoints.

The inefficiencies inherent in traditional manual claims processing take a heavy toll on insurers: stacks of paperwork inundate employees’ desks, data is scattered across disparate locations, stakeholders are in the dark about the status of their claims, and the list goes on. This cumbersome, error-prone approach strains resources, increases costs, makes compliance difficult, and reduces customer satisfaction.

Fortunately, there’s a transformative tool changing the narrative: automation. By harnessing technology to streamline processes, automate repetitive tasks, and leverage data analytics, insurers usher in a new era of efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings in claims management.

Identifying costly manual tasks in claims processing 

Repetitive manual tasks in claims processing, such as data entry, claim reviews, and communication with policyholders, impose a substantial burden on operational costs, primarily through labor expenses and slower processing times.

Consider a situation where the insurer sifts through paper-based evidence, enters details into a legacy system, and assesses claims validity manually after the first notice of loss (FNOL). This process is extremely labor- and time-intensive. Plus, it creates a higher risk of errors, which can result in valid claims being denied or underpaid.

A ripple effect is created throughout the entire ecosystem of insurance operations. Each hour an employee spends tediously inputting data costs the company, not just in terms of wages but also in the opportunity cost of diverting skilled resources away from higher-value tasks. Errors, delays, and costs can quickly compound, further affecting the bottom line.

If you process over 5,000 claims annually, a mere 1% increase in efficiency—achieved by reducing manual tasks—could translate into substantial savings. It could mean millions of dollars saved annually, not to mention the intangible benefits of improved customer satisfaction and retention. That’s why it’s essential to automate right away.

The role of automation in streamlining data management 

Imagine streamlining data management and no longer being burdened with the shortcomings of traditional, manual claims processing. That’s the promise of software automation

Automated systems standardize data entry processes and capture information accurately, ensuring consistency across the board. This significantly reduces the time spent on data correction. Additionally, automated systems provide seamless accessibility. With the click of a button, insurers can retrieve data instantaneously without tedious searches through disparate files and systems.

Moreover, automation opens the door to game-changing analytics tools and capabilities. For example, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms allow insurers to analyze vast datasets in real time, identify and flag suspicious patterns, and prevent fraud early. This translates into direct cost savings by mitigating payouts associated with illegitimate claims.

Essentially, automation acts as a catalyst for efficiency, enabling insurers to do more with less. By streamlining data management processes and harnessing the power of analytics, insurers can unlock newfound efficiencies and cost savings that ultimately translate into a competitive edge.

Enhancing compliance and reducing risk 

Automation can be a formidable ally for compliance and risk mitigation in the age of heightened regulatory scrutiny. One way is through the meticulous maintenance of accurate and traceable records. 

Automation lets insurers create an immutable audit trail by recording and timestamping every interaction, transaction, and decision as it occurs within the claims lifecycle. These comprehensive records can swiftly demonstrate adherence to regulatory requirements during an audit, enhancing trust and credibility with regulators.

Beyond real-time data capture, automation allows insurers to monitor compliance trends, enforce protocols, flag deviations from established rules, and get instant alerts of potential risks. As a result, they can stay resilient as regulations change and eliminate vulnerabilities before they manifest into tangible threats.

Most insurers understand that non-compliance results in censure by authorities. Often, however, they underestimate the real financial impact of regulatory actions. For example, HIPAA violations can attract a fine of up to $2,067,813 per breach. Similarly, breaching GDPR rules can cost over  $10,000,000, depending on the severity of the violation.

Moreover, non-compliance can result in license suspension and revocation. These take time to remediate, causing the company to lose revenue. Plus, having a suspension and revocation history increases scrutiny the next you’re audited, causing further operational disruptions. It can also make expanding into new territories or product lines difficult. Other indirect costs include damage to brand reputation and loss of customer trust.

Fortunately, automation fosters a culture where adherence to regulatory requirements is ingrained in every facet of operations. Insurers ensure consistency and accountability across the board by automating compliance protocols and integrating them into workflows.

Improving stakeholder engagement and satisfaction 

Effective communication is the lifeblood of successful relationships with claimants, agents, and other stakeholders. However, manual processes and disparate communication channels make maintaining consistent, meaningful interactions extremely difficult. It’s easy to see how this is problematic. If a claimant feels neglected, uninformed, or that issues were not addressed promptly and satisfactorily, they’ll likely refute results or pull the insurer into costly legal proceedings.

Therefore, insurers must deploy automated communication tools to meet modern demands. These streamline communication and deliver seamless, personalized experiences at scale. For example, insurers can send timely status updates to keep claimants in the loop at every stage and inform them about the next steps. At the same time, they can instantly alert agents about critical milestones and prevent delays.

Additionally, automated communication tools allow insurers to glean valuable insights from interactions, uncover pain points and improvement areas, and create better customer experiences. This enhances stakeholder satisfaction and drives continuous improvement across the claims value chain.

By proactively engaging stakeholders and addressing their needs through automated communication tools, insurers preemptively mitigate the risk of claims disputes and associated legal costs.

Realizing cost savings through automation 

Switching from manual processes to automated ones is best for your bottom line. It reduces costs by improving data management, productivity, compliance and risk management, and stakeholder engagement and satisfaction. Therefore, decision-makers must evaluate their current systems and consider the potential return from implementing automation technologies with Susco’s expertise.

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