Forty-six percent of U.S. insurance organizations identified the lack of historical databases as a major cause of poor claims management, according to a recent customer poll conducted by Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO), Jersey City, N.J. This follows an earlier ISO poll in which 78% of insurance organizations said reducing the rising cost of claims handling is their single most important goal for 2004.The poll asked insurance organizations to identify the most likely reason for paying injury claims incorrectly. Of the five options, just under half (46%) identified lack of historical databases as a major cause, and 20% cited lack of medical knowledge as the second most probable reason. Sixteen percent said inadequate negotiation skills, while 13% cited claims adjusters' inexperience.
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