How Prudent Insurers Profit From Effective Anti-Fraud Programs
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Anti-fraud statutes and regulations enacted in the various states now require that insurers institute anti-fraud programs. Good business sense should have dictated the existence of such anti-fraud programs from the date the first insurance policy was issued, but insurers have always been caught in the Catch-22 obligation to deal with each insured with the utmost good faith. Insurers, not wanting to be accused of acts of bad faith, have always preferred to pay fraudulent claims rather than fight. That it was necessary for states to enact statutes compelling insurers to protect themselves has to be unique to this industry.
The essence of an anti-fraud program is the commitment of the insurer to refuse to pay fraudulent claims. The details of the anti-fraud program are then tailored to the style of the particular insurer, its staff, executives, and counsel.
The anti-fraud programs that have proved to be effective all center around the creation and operation of a SIU (see detailed discussion below). The insurers who understood the need to fight fraud had SIUs in place long before any legislature or Department of Insurance considered it necessary to compel insurers to put one in place.
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Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 52 years in the insurance business. He is available at http://www.zalma.com and email@example.com.
Mr. Zalma is the first recipient of the first annual Claims Magazine/ACE Legend Award.
Over the last 52 years Barry Zalma has dedicated his life to insurance, insurance claims and the need to defeat insurance fraud. He has created the following library of books and other materials to make it possible for insurers and their claims staff to become insurance claims professionals.
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