When it comes to claims processing, insurers are being driven by the rules-business rules, that is. Using rules-based technology, insurance companies are automating routine tasks, streamlining claims workflow with consistent best practices, and automatically adjudicating low-risk claims."At this point, anybody who is not using rules-based technology is already behind the curve," says Michael Lucarini, partner in the insurance group at Bermuda-based Accenture. "There are certain processes and certain areas of low risk where insurance companies need to cut the costs out and streamline those processes. And that requires the ability to segment your claims and understand your claims experience."

Jefferson Pilot Financial Insurance Co. is one such company. The Omaha, Neb.-based insurer is using internally developed business rules technology to auto-adjudicate dental and short-term disability claims in its employee benefits division.

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