When leveraging FNOL (first notice of loss) operations, it’s crucial to stay ahead technologically, harnessing all available venues to maximize the client experience. Data must be integrated across all contact methods, including telephonic, e-mail, fax, and direct web entry, for consolidated reporting and may be filtered by contact method if needed. Individual notices should immediately transmit via automated e-mail or fax to any number of recipients, based on the location, type of report and other criteria. Scheduled summary reports must also available, allowing regular electronic distribution of reports daily, weekly, monthly, or by custom period to multiple recipients based on level of management within your organization.
VoIP solutions are invaluable in enhancing telephonic intake by quickly connecting intake specialists with policyholder account information. Call switch statistics must be available for management reporting by individual incoming number. With these tools, complete call statistics and all associated time tracking may be summarized and archived down to thirty-minute intervals.
To maintain quality standards, Actec trainers and supervisors monitor daily, listening to live calls and recordings in conjunction with remote observation of FNOL intake. We record all calls, which are stored as .wav files and readily accessible. Using RightFax, we are also able to log and distribute in- and out-bound faxes and e-mails for efficient and fully accountable document management. Thorough, advanced organization is key to achieving FNOL success.
Although most of Atlanta, including schools, had been shut down for 3 days, Actec’s FNOL was open for business and maintaining top level first notice of loss. Though uncommon for the Atlanta area, strong snowstorms do sometimes occur, crippling the region. Lack of snow removal equipment combined with a storm that dumped nearly 6 inches in less than 3 hours created numerous problems. Here is a breakdown of our claim reporting statistics for Tuesday 1/11/2011. In the face of these conditions, we managed an average answer speed of 33 seconds and an abandon rate of only 2.7%!
Through careful planning by Actec staff, hotel rooms were secured near the FNOL Call Center in Atlanta. Most of the staff had stayed at the hotel since Sunday night and were within shuttle or walking distance. Additionally, we utilized remote employees to ensure maximum customer call reception. Thank you to all our employees who took time away from family to make sure our customers were taken care of.
Marriott Hotel Corporation is taking down their claim intake system for FNOL intake starting 1/13 and lasting until 1/18. But worry not – whenever we utilize another company’s FNOL intake system, we always use “CLAIM”, our proprietary intake system, as a backup. By setting up our system as a fail-safe, there will be no downtime in claim handling. Outsourcing claim intake is a huge benefit to many companies. Whether we utilize your system or ours, claims are always managed promptly, allowing for their timely and proper closure.
Claim intake is not a one-size-fits-all service. Starting with an in-depth analysis of your goals and current process ensures development of a custom workflow that is right for you. It’s critical to use your business rules to ensure accuracy, minimize call times, and reduce follow-up calls.
• Roll out quickly with Actec’s best practices workflow for a complete, logically organized report.
• Give your customers any combination of reporting options: telephone, e-mail, fax, Internet, and even electronic file submission.
• Let Actec enter notices directly into your in-house claims management application, seamlessly launched from our contact tracking module, which allows us to offer additional reporting, tracking, forms management, and dissemination capabilities.
• Respond quickly to critical incidents. Your customized plan specifies the data collected, format of reports, detailed recipient notification, and escalation procedures.
• Ensure correct routing of claims – even verify coverage upfront – with rules-driven policy and claim office assignment.
• Increase accuracy, consistency, and efficiency by providing policyholder, location, distribution, carrier, and employee demographic data to populate notices at intake.
• Customize list options with job titles, department codes, medical coding, PPO providers, and more.
• Send data in any file layout, at any frequency – we handle the rest to minimize your IT resource needs.
Mandatory EDI filing may be the biggest headache in Workers’ Comp claim administration. Requirements vary from state to state. Missing or invalid data lead to time-consuming resubmission, filing delays, customer frustration, and even fines. If EDI filing gives you pain, Actec spells relief. Our experts carefully review FROI, SROI and medical bill filings prior to transmission to make sure your filings are done once, Done Right!.
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When a human resources administration service company developed an in-house absence management system, they wanted their previous after-hours call center vendor to enter claioms directly into the new application. The vendor refused, offering instead to develop a custom intake solutiong – at the client’s expense. Without an intake service, the client risked alienating their most important customer accounts. The client came to Actec with two absolute requirements – use the newly developed application and start within nine days.
Each of the client’s accounts – primarily large, Fortune 500 companies – requires special handling, from caller authorization to terminology. This was not provided on the custom intake system. Therefore, training and manual documentation was extremely critical. Within seven days, Actec was trained on the client’s system. Actec then prepared workstation manuals and developed backup intake forms to use during the client’s nightly system maintenance downtime. With an intensive week of training, manual preparation anc connectivity and user setup, we opened our phone lines right on target. The client extended coverage to daytime overflow.
Factors contributing to Actec’s success were:
- Intake Specialists could call on their familiarity with a broad client base in the absence management, FMLA and disability arena – minimizing training time.
- Utilizing extensive experience to provide intake services on client applications.
- Agile organization showed the flexibility required to implement a complex client on a short timeline.
Do you have high ASA’s? Do you have high abandonment rates? Your call center is the first contact that your customers have when problems strike. As with most call centers, there are times when your occupancy rates are at 90% – and no one is available to answer the phone.
You could return the call an hour later or the next day, but that may be too late, and they may have already contacted an attorney. This will increase the cost of your claims dramatically and will simultaneously reduce the effectiveness and level of customer service provided by your organization. This is why many of today’s contact centers employ outsourced call centers staffer with claims professionals to improve the customer experience.
By leveraging a contact center for overflow, nights, weekends and holidays, you will improve the efficiency in your organization by as much as 40% while greatly improving your customer experience. All of which impact the bottom line. Today, many high quality call centers outsource FNOL (First Notice of Loss) for overflow and non-peak times.
Insurers with longer than average cycle times of 14.8 days are rated in the bottom 50% in terms of customer satisfaction. – J.D. Power and Associates
At 80%+ call center occupancy your people are busy, turnover increases due to burnout, customer service is poor, and many calls go unanswered. At 50% occupancy your people have some down time, customer service levels are relatively good, and most calls are answered. At 20% occupancy, almost every call is answered, ASA times are short, customer service is superb; however efficiency is low and the cost per claim is astronomical.
Finding the right outsourced call FNOL solution can allow your call center to improve efficiency and reach maximum effectiveness.
“We utilize Actec 24/7 first notice reporting services as a key component of the overall cost containment program for a large West Coast public entity. Actec has set the gold standard of quality, flexibility, and technical expertise during the last five years with this client. Actec’s ability to deliver the details of each first notice encounter in a timely, accurate, and highly customized fashion enables our client to quickly assess and assign resources to
incidents efficiently and rapidly. The Actec team is made up of true professionals with a high degree of focus and expertise in their niche industry and a true ‘can do’ attitude and aptitude with in comes to technical integrations and custom business requirements.” – Regional Vice President, Fortune 500 Business Process and IT Services Company