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The disconnect between underwriting and claims is oft lamented. The undercurrent of animosity that exists between the two—which some construe as conflicting fiefdoms; or simply conflicting priorities—is a multi-faceted problem that we have no delusions of adequately exploring in this one article. Suffice it to say, aside from exacerbating bruised egos and awkward encounters at the company picnic, lack of collaboration between the two takes a significant toll on insurers’ ability to effectively assign and manage risks, assess adequate premium, and control claims costs.

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