Sun Life Studying Whether Credit Scores Could be Useful in Underwriting
Could credit scores have a predictive value on determining subsequent mortality experience? Dean Connor, President and CEO of Sun Life, explained how his company is exploring this question.
Incorporate Third Party Scoring in Accelerated Underwriting (Slides)
The slides from a presentation by Guizhou Hu, M.D. Ph.D., Vice President Chief Decision Analytics Officer (Gen Re) have been posted at the Actuaries' Club of the Southwest website.
Tools and Data in the Underwriting Process (Slides)
The search is on for how to disrupt the underwriting process to find or select the best risks. Can data ever be as good as blood? There is an ever growing number of tools and resources becoming available to insurance companies to underwrite business. The presenters will present some of the tools, data sources, uses and concerns in the underwriting process.
Note: The session above (29) can be found in the 10:30-11:45 a.m. time slot
Industry Survey Insights: The Impact of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use on Anti-Selection
A recently commissioned study by Hank George, Inc. surveyed 110 direct-writing U.S. and Canadian life insurance carriers on fully underwritten businesses. The survey covered a variety of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use topics*. ExamOne asked consultant and former risk management director at Allstate Financial, Eric Hjerpe, to outline and expand upon some of the findings and trends he extracted from the survey results.
Genetic Testing and the Power of Knowledge
Genetic information is treated exceptionally carefully but the growing use of predictive tests by consumers raises concern that the results could influence their approach to life insurance.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Research reveals that multiple TBIs, even mild concussions, may have long-term impacts on patients, so underwrite carefully.
Impaired Risk Review: Predictive Analytics
For those of you fortunate enough to have seen the classic 1967 Academy Award nominated film, “The Graduate,” a line of advice on the future given to Dustin Hoffman’s character is still a classic. “I want to say one word to you... Just one word... Plastics...” Nowadays, in the field of life insurance underwriting, that might be expanded to two words: “Predictive analytics.” If you haven’t heard the term it will certainly become part of the underwriting experience in the upcoming years.
Demystifying NT-proBNP as a Screening Marker for Underwriting Purposes
Since the early 2000s cardiac biomarkers have become the cornerstone for diagnosis, risk stratification and therapeutic decision in cardiovascular diseases, specifically NT-proBNP (congestive heart failure) and cardiac troponins (acute coronary syndromes).
Tobacco and Alcohol Underwriting in North America
We recently completed a survey of US and Canadian life insurers asking about underwriting practices and perceptions related to assessing tobacco/nicotine, alcohol and drug use. Over 100 carriers participated.