"Soft fraud" shifts PIP medical costs to insurers, expert says

11/26/2012 | InsuranceTech.com

Medical services for vehicle-related and workers' compensation injuries increasingly are being billed to property/casualty insurers, writes James Ruotolo of SAS, adding that such a trend explains why personal-injury-protection severity has risen while frequency and fatalities have decreased. P/C insurers are using technology and working closely with government medical-benefit programs and other groups to deal with abusive medical-billing practices, but challenges remain for claims departments, Ruotolo writes.

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