What is Full-Cycle Claim and Incident Reporting?

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November 23rd, 2010


Full cycle claim reporting refers to a comprehensive approach to claims and incident reporting. In some instances, full-cycle claim and incident reporting is also referred to as claims intake and reporting, or even within the general context of first notice of loss (FNOL). The concept is fairly simple; an individual has experienced a loss, theft or damage and needs to reports the specifics to their insurance carrier, third party administrator or self insured organization. It is, of course, important that this intake is professionally handled, promptly addressed and accurately recorded. The intake is extremely important to ensure the resulting claim is accurately reported. Full-cycle claim and incident reporting refers to a comprehensive, one stop approach to this situation. Key elements of a full-cycle solution include:

• Companies can report all incidents to a single claim reporting service
• Claims and incident reporting are fully integrated into the system
• All the information needed for processing is completed on the first report
• Workflow changes can be easily to accommodated to meet new requirements
• There are accurate metrics to determine the actual cost of claim and incident reporting

With first notice of loss, it is important to close claims quickly and manage risk at all levels of the organization. FNOL intake specialists should be available 24/7,365 days a year, to ensure accurate and timely intake whenever an incident occurs and to handle after-hours incidents and overflow. It is also an opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to employees, by ensuring employees receive rapid and professional response, during what is likely to be a very stressful time, namely the reporting of a loss or theft. Creating a full-cycle claim and incident reporting system to respond, monitor and measure the FNOL process is a key component in success in this complex scenario. Many companies outsource their first notice of loss to a full cycle claims and incident reporting specialist, particularly when the consider the challenge of a 24/7, 365 day a year schedule.

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