Advances in Cardiac Imaging and the Implications for Underwriting and Claims

Echocardiography was developed during the 1970s and 1980s and allows clinicians to image the heart. The first “M-mode” images were one-dimensional but this was later supplemented with two-dimensional and color Doppler imaging as the technology developed.

Insurable Interest and the Life Insurance Claim

Claim professionals face many unique and diverse challenges when determining whether a claim is payable and to whom such claim shall be paid. The claim professional’s role and expertise is critical since one may unknowingly pay invalid claims on policies that were improperly issued, or even where fraud was involved in the application, unless one basic requirement of the life insurance contract is validated – the presence of insurable interest.

Ebola - Underwriting and Claims Considerations

Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola as we have come to know it is a disease of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses.

Are They Dead? The Missing Insured

How a prompt and thorough claims investigation can assist in missing insured cases.

​RGA International Health Briefs: Cancer Treatment

The treatment of cancer is undergoing a major period of research and development with new treatments being introduced on a regular basis. Many of these are very expensive, with the cost of some new drugs running into tens of thousands of dollars. Cancer is highly emotive, with patients eager to benefit from the latest medical advances. It is therefore important that health underwriters and claims assessors have knowledge of these treatments.

This article introduces some types of treatment being used to combat cancer today. In future articles we will more fully explore each treatment type.

Foreign Deaths - Essential Tools For Your Investigation

Managing claims involving deaths outside of the United States is a unique challenge for insurers and the claim professional. Foreign deaths are often more complex, and the risk of fraud is much greater than domestic death claims. This requires the collection and analysis of information that may not be necessary for other claims. One tool that can be used to assist in the collection of information necessary to analyze a foreign death is the Foreign Death Questionnaire.

​Anatomy of Homicides - An Overview (RGA)

This article will attempt to address such questions as: Who are homicide’s victims and offenders? Why is the U.S. murder rate several times higher than that of other wealthy countries? Why are fewer homicide cases being solved? What significant factors correlate closely with murder rates? And what impact does homicide have on life insurance claims?

Suicide: Global Insights and Insurance Analysis (RGA)

Currently, suicide stands as the 13th leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for nearly 1 million fatalities annually. RGA’s Global Research and Development team’s analysis of suicide rates before and after the 2008 financial crisis uses population data from Canada, Australia, the UK and the U.S., as well as insured data from RGA’s extensive database.

This paper presents the results of the research, as well as information about treatment of suicide claims in these markets.

Mental Health Claims: Time to Think Differently

This article will explore and discuss the immediate issues that need to be considered in a life insurer’s claims department, as well as give a practical guide to developing a partnership and support model for the management of subjective claims.

Risk Insights March 2014 Edition (Gen Re)

Articles in the latest issue of Gen Re's Risk Insights include:

- No Easy Way Out: An Overview of International Trends in Suicide
- Suicide: Right to Die, Wrong to Claim?
- South African Group Mortality Experience
- Paying Assisted Death Claims - A UK Perspective

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