Instec and MIS Help Hiscox USA Bring Workers’ Compensation In-House

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Hiscox brings workers’ compensation coverage in-house with back office processing support from MIS Insurance Services and Instec’s Quicksolver policy administration system. The move allows Hiscox to more aggressively pursue new opportunities for its entertainment production, theatrical and commercial policies and dramatically cut the time required to rate, quote and bind.

Instec, MIS Insurance Services, and Hiscox USA
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Earlier this year, Hiscox, the global specialist insurer and an innovator in entertainment insurance, made a strategic decision to bring workers’ compensation insurance in-house by issuing the coverage. The move allows the company to exercise greater control over underwriting decisions for this essential component of its production, theatrical and commercial business. To support the move, Hiscox has partnered with MIS Insurance Services, using Instec Quicksolver software, to handle back-office processing.

Hiscox has been covering the entertainment industry for over 50 years, since former Chairman Robert Hiscox first underwrote production package insurance at Lloyds of London in the 1960s. Today, Hiscox simplifies entertainment insurance with Hiscox One™, a comprehensive policy that covers over 20 types of risk across all aspects of the entertainment business.

“We view the entertainment business as a huge growth opportunity for Hiscox,” said Joanne Richardson, Media & Entertainment Practice Leader at Hiscox USA. “If there’s even one coverage in our entertainment policy that we don’t underwrite and control ourselves, we’re limiting the opportunities we can pursue. That’s the problem we were facing at the beginning of this year with workers’ compensation, and that’s why we decided to bring workers’ comp in-house.”

The decision to bring workers’ compensation in-house was only the first step. Hiscox also needed to supplement its back office operations with the skills, expertise and processes to handle this new coverage. For help, the company turned to Instec, whose Quicksolver policy administration system Hiscox used to handle its entertainment package. Instec recommended long-time partner MIS Insurance Services.

“MIS has been a great partner for us because they can help our customers fill gaps in their back-office operations,” said Rob Reed, Vice President of Sales at Instec. “They offer business process outsourcing through a simple web interface built on top of the Instec Quicksolver system that Hiscox was already using, so they were a natural fit.”

Hiscox first met MIS in February and was in production by March, a ramp-up time virtually unheard of in the industry.

“Everyone’s talking about speed-to-market. We actually deliver it,” said Kris George, president of MIS. “We partnered with Instec because they have a reputation for fast implementation and always-current bureau-based content. We add to that highly-efficient processing. At Hiscox, we’ve cut the time to rate, quote, bind and produce a workers’ comp policy exponentially.”

Bringing workers’ compensation in-house and outsourcing back-office operations has paid dividends for Hiscox. The company can now pursue new opportunities and focus on quality of risk. In fact, since partnering with MIS, Hiscox is rating and quoting more policies per day and has doubled its entertainment book of business.

“MIS and Instec have helped put us on the growth path we’ve been seeking for our entertainment business, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Richardson.

About Instec
Instec delivers best-of-breed rating and policy administration solutions to P&C commercial insurers, MGAs, MGUs, and the solution providers that serve them. Since 1982, Instec’s solutions have empowered insurers and general agents to get and keep their competitive edge, efficiently create highly specialized insurance products, go to market quickly, and scale with a minimal IT footprint. To learn more, visit http://www.instec-corp.com.

About Hiscox in the U.S.
Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Hiscox Inc., a Delaware corporation headquartered in New York, d/b/a Hiscox Insurance Agency in CA, is a licensed insurance intermediary for admitted and surplus lines business. Hiscox Inc. underwrites on behalf of, and places business with, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., other domestic insurers, and syndicates at Lloyd’s (http://www.lloyds.com). Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. is a Chicago, IL domiciled insurer that is admitted or licensed to do business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

About MIS Insurance Services
MIS offers business process outsourcing (BPO) and business technology outsourcing (BTO) services to commercial property and casualty insurance carriers, program managers and managing general agents. Through its customizable web applications, built on a best-of-breed rating and policy administration system, MIS provides its clients with the ability to underwrite, rate, quote, bind and bill through a simple web interface.

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