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Business – Claims Leakage

Potential reasons for leakage in an insurance claims process.

Fishbone template on claims leakage

Claims settlement solely depends on the efficiency of claims management. Claims leakage is the loss that an insurance company suffers over an unoptimized finalization of a claim. It is the excess amount the insurer paid to the claimer, which the client was not entitled to. Leakage poses a serious threat for insurers. Claims leakage imposes a hindrance to productivity, revenue and customer experience. Preventing leakage in a claim settlement is quite a difficult task for the insurers. There are many causes for claims leakage. Retrieving lost money is not very easy. The causes can be procedural, such as from inefficient claim processing or improper/ errant payments. It can be human error, such as poor decision-making, customer service, or even fraud. CL is often discovered through an audit of closed claim files.

Claims Leakage

  •         Inefficient use of data
  •         Lack of automation
  •         Legacy systems


  •         Missed recovery
  •         Insufficient review process
  •         Lack of claim documentation


  •         Focus on customer satisfaction
  •         Increased workload
  •         Less time


  •         Unable to detect fraud
  •         Poor decision making
  •         Wrong loss estimation


  •         Audits after settlement
  •         Lack of claim supervising
  •         Guess work


  •         Unable to predict duplicate claims
  •         Ineffective workers
  •         Disloyal customers

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