MINNEAPOLIS—February 11, 2010—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced that Highmark, Inc., has been designated a Model Insurer for its exemplary use of FICO™ Insurance Fraud Manager. Highmark has able to uncover 20% more cases of actual fraud than with its previous technology and methods, resulting in a substantial increase in dollars recovered and losses avoided.
Issued by Celent, a respected financial technology analyst firm, the 2010 Model Insurer Report recognizes exemplary, results-producing technology initiatives in the insurance industry. Highmark was recognized specifically for its implementation of FICO™ Insurance Fraud Manager in its group health insurance practice.
“Automating the detection of fraud, abuse and error adds a layer of protection to our own effective organic methods,” said Thomas Brennan, director of special investigations at Highmark. “With FICO Insurance Fraud Manager, we are able to identify cases of fraud that may be abnormal and are too hard to spot with the human eye.”
“In this era of thinning margins, efficiency is at a premium across the entire insurance business, from product development to loss prevention,” said Craig Weber, senior vice president of Celent's insurance practice. “Highmark is being recognized for its effective use of technology to address fraud, as its efforts in this area have produced measureable results.”
“Being named by Celent among this year’s Model Insurers is terrific recognition for Highmark, whose investment in innovative technology has really paid off,” said Russ Schreiber, vice president for the Insurance Market at FICO. “In an intensely competitive environment, FICO Insurance Fraud Manager can separate the leaders from the followers.”
Following a year-long nominating process, Celent’s insurance team selects approximately 20 Model Insurer winners annually from a field of more than 50 candidates.
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