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Secure and analyze claim information to make and approve disability decisions and payments on disability claims. Develop, apply and approve appropriate claim and disability management strategies to ensure prompt and accurate payment and liability management of disability claims. Provide responsive and caring customer service to claimants, policyholders, and other internal and external customers; participate actively and effectively in team/department projects and issues.
The Disability Benefits Analyst position will be working on the Northwestern Mutual Team.
Investigate, secure and analyze information pertaining to claimants’ medical condition, occupational demands, insured status, and other policy provisions to accurately determine eligibility for, and entitlement to disability benefits; identify file/fact discrepancies and outstanding issues and secure additional documentation as needed while investigating within prescribed timeframes. Make and communicate disability decisions and issue correct benefits for new and continuing claims.
Develop and execute a claim and disability management strategy for each claim to appropriately manage claim liability and provide responsive and caring customer service; ensure that each claimant’s ongoing and changing medical conditions, vocational options, applicable policy limitations and provisions, and deductible income are investigated, applied and pursued, and used to reach timely and appropriate claim resolution; claims are managed to the correct payment duration.
Proactively communicate and respond to claim and account inquiries from claimants, policyholders, field personnel and other interested parties; resolve issues through effective oral and written communication and by involving appropriate people within, or outside, the department or company. May act as the primary client contact within Benefits and liaison with Operations and Sales on the installation, servicing, and renewal of disability clients. Client contact responsibilities may include analysis of claim/service trends and implementation of responses; creation of customer claim reports and communications to meet client needs; participation in renewal assessments and client visits. Effectively and professionally represent the company in all interactions.
Approve claim decisions, claim and disability management strategies and payments recommended by less-experienced staff; provide training for the department, team and individuals.
Ensure the company’s reserve liability is accurately established by identifying all applicable claim offsets and maintaining accurate claim and system data.
Education: Degree in arts & sciences, business or related field or a combination of work experience and education.
Experience: Minimum eighteen months progressively responsible experience in disability claims administration; or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience.
Demonstrated skills: Appropriate, timely and customer-focused disability claim account management and administration; responsive and caring customer service; achieve results by effective use of all appropriate resources; model positive teaming behaviors in team and department interactions.
Ability to: Analyze and apply medical, technical, contractual and legal information to manage an increasingly complex range of disability claims; teach and model effective claim practices to others individually and in a classroom setting; manage claim and account trends as well as individual claims.
Working knowledge of: Federal, State and local laws and regulations affecting claim investigation, disability decision, and taxation of benefits, such as Fair Claim Settlement Practices Act, ERISA, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Federal, State and local tax withholding and reporting requirements; managed disability and claim management principles and practices including medical, vocational, investigative, financial analysis, legal issues, contract interpretation and application, company policies and guidelines.
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