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You trust us to handle this important step in your client’s journey to protecting their family, but how are the health data for life insurance policy collected? It’s likely that if you’re not sure of some of this terminology, neither are your clients. We’ve found that key information about the process shared by you, as their trusted agent, can help reduce anxiety and manage expectations. Eliminating unknowns can ease your client’s mind and help ensure a quicker path to an issued policy.

Collecting health data

Your life underwriter will often require a paramedical exam and additional data collection points. A paramedical examination is a personal interview with your client to collect information about their medical history. This interview may be performed over the phone, online and/or in-person at the time of their examination. The additional data points may include a Motor Vehicle Report, Attending Physician Statements (medical records) or a detailed prescription history.

The interview is a brief phone call to gather information about your client’s medical history. This can take 15-40 minutes, depending on one’s medical history (e.g. diagnoses, prescriptions). Your client can prepare for a more efficient call by compiling their prescription list, any significant health dates or surgeries and detailed contact information from their primary care provider.

The next step is typically the medical exam. The examination usually includes a recording of height, weight, blood pressure and pulse. The exam may also include the collection of blood, urine, oral fluid, and an EKG and/or X-ray, depending on the insurer’s underwriting guidelines based on a client’s age and insurance amount. If an interview was not completed, your client may be required to complete a medical history interview at the exam appointment. A checklist of do’s and don’ts can be found on our website, to help your client prepare for their exam.

When it comes to the exam appointment, we offer many options for your client’s convenience. In addition to our extensive national network of mobile examiners, we offer over 2,000 locations where the exam can be done in a medical setting. If your client is squeamish or dreading having blood drawn, you may want to encourage them to schedule a mobile exam at home where they can be most comfortable.

Additional data requirements

Although collecting Attending Physician Statements (APS or medical records) can add more time to the process, we’re here to help things go as quickly as possible. Please advise your clients that some cases may take 30-45 days (especially when a special release is required). We are implementing a special authorization tool that will allow us to collect the authorization at the time of the interview in an effort to reduce the number of days to obtain an APS. Please note that if your client has a potential diagnosis in progress, any new treatments or assessments may delay an underwriting decision as new data are created and accessed.

What happens next?

The paramedical examination and any additional requirements are forwarded to the insurance company. Any specimens obtained during the examination are sent to our laboratory or another designated laboratory and the results are forwarded to the insurance company for assessment. ExamOne professionals are not aware of the tests performed on the specimen(s) at the laboratory and do not receive the test results.

Tools to help prepare

There are many resources available from ExamOne that can help you walk through the process with your clients and prepare them for the best possible result. These include applicant brochures, a printable checklist, and short videos on our ExamOne YouTube channel. Please visit our website at MyExamOne.com to find the materials best suited for you and your clients.

If your client has health conditions or habits that may impact their insurance rating, you may be able to ease their concerns. ExamOne does not make underwriting decisions, rather we serve as an impartial third-party health data collection service. The data collected allows the insurance company to evaluate the potential risk in insuring the client. Any health information we collect is handled carefully and delivered confidentially to the insurance company. Some companies have expanded their products to include coverage for people with certain conditions, so we recommend gaining an understanding of your client’s general health before applying so you can get a head start on gathering the best product options designed to fit them.

Be sure to have a conversation with your client to help demystify the application process and help them prepare for the best possible outcome. If you have any questions or need help accessing our support resources, please contact your local ExamOne sales representative or visit our website.

Read additional articles in this series: https://blog.examone.com/learn-more-life-insurance-application/

In the fall of 2018, ExamOne launched our expanded exam center network by adding hundreds of Quest Diagnostics® Patient Service Centers (PSC) to our life insurance exam network. This year we’re adding even more Quest locations to provide convenient options for life insurance applicants across the country. With access to more than 2,000 exam center locations, life insurance applicants have the convenience of choice not found anywhere else in the industry.

Exam centers deliver higher completion rates and faster turnaround times

Based on an analysis of exams completed between January 1 and August 31, 2019, those completed in-center (at an ExamOne office or Quest PSC) showed the highest completion rates and fastest turnaround times. Exams scheduled at an exam center were, on average, completed 90% of the time, compared to 73% for mobile exams. Additionally, exams were completed in less than 11 days at in-center locations, compared to over 12 days for mobile.

In-center exams compared to mobile exams

Analysis by generation

In-center exams show the highest completion rates across all generations, with 90% of scheduled in-center exams being completed among millennials and Gen Xers, compared to completion rates for mobile exams at 77% and 74%, respectively. The greatest difference in completion rates appears in the older age groups. This could be attributed to a greater sense of comfort in visiting a medical office if individuals in the two older generations visit PSCs regularly for other age-related health screenings.

Completion rates by generation

Exam center options deliver faster turnaround times for all generations in comparison to mobile, but we see the fastest results in the two oldest generations, with just 7.2 days for the silent generation. It is possible this is related to the applicant’s daily schedule when considering that many in this generation are likely retired or working part-time, while baby boomers are moving closer to that stage of life as well.

Turnaround times by generation

Interestingly, there was little to no difference in both completion rates and turnaround time when comparing gender within these generations.

Analysis by face amount

Completion rates and turnaround times also vary across face amounts. For reference, in 2018 the average face amount of policies for which exams were completed by ExamOne was $500,279, while the median was $250,000. Again, we see exam centers consistently deliver higher completion rates in comparison to mobile exams.

Completion rates by face amount

Turnaround times for exam centers are generally more than one day faster than mobile. Additionally, higher value policies are correlated with the fastest turnaround times, as face amounts over $1 million average a 10.7 day turnaround.

Turnaround time by face amount

Applicants want convenient choices

Applicant choice is also an important factor to consider when it comes to the location of the exam. Between January and August 2019, nearly 6,000 life insurance applicants completed ExamOne’s applicant satisfaction survey after their exam at an ExamOne or Quest office. Of those, 48% said they chose the in-center location because it was the most convenient place for them. Others indicated the in-center locations offered the best appointment time for their schedule (19%), or that they felt most comfortable completing the exam there (15%).

Learn more about our expanding exam center network.

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Is vaping impacting an individual’s health and the corresponding effect on life insurance? Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their investigation of severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes (also known as vaping). And tragically, multiple deaths linked to vaping have been reported across the country. These are a few […]

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New digital option to capture health history information caters to consumer preferences

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Enhancement expected to increase completion rates and reduce turnaround time We are excited to announce the implementation of our new data collection platform. This initiative provides life insurance applicants another option to complete their personal health history questionnaire. Developing the platform “As we designed this interface, we wanted it to be very intuitive and user-friendly,” […]

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Ask the Expert: Discover more about historical laboratory data for life insurance underwriting

July 29, 2019 Ask The Experts

Historical laboratory data is of unique importance to insurers because it provides a retrospective view of an applicant’s health. Insights from our LabPiQture report can help insurers build a longitudinal history of an individual’s last seven years. Brian Lanzrath, our Director of Analytics and LabPiQture expert, answers some of the commonly asked questions we receive […]

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Laboratory insights on male life insurance applicants reveal high diabetes and hypertension rates

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