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  • retiredexaon retiredexaon Nov 29, 2011 9:38 AM Flag

    Data mining guru helps AON detect health insurance fraud

    Interesting note, the article says that teachers have to fill out of a ton of paperwork. WHY NOT USE DATAMINING TECH to do the job? Apparently, if I read this right, Aon Hewitt is not using this technique. Why is that? Perhaps because IT at AonHewitt is so lousy that they cannot offer that service or lack the personnel in India to code it correctly. You make it sound like Aon is doing a great thing here. Wrong. Seems that Aon is using good old paper once again.

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    • Wow. Your continued anger towards all things Aon consistently cloud your analysis and erode any lingering credibility. Your lack of balanced, critical, thinking makes it understandable that many readers of this board simply block your comments.

      Started a new job lately? The required documentation goes well beyond what had been described here. Moreover, that involves submitting information to the Department of Homeland Security, who has the kind of access to key personal data (tax returns, SSNs, driver's licenses, etc) that a non-governmental entity (e.g., Aon Hewitt) does not. The verification methods that are being criticized have nothing to do with effectiveness (or not) of Aon IT. It has all to do with what is possible, legal, and cost-effective.

      The verification methods suggested (checking SSNs or dependents against IRS data; confirming dependents or spouses via address matching; heightened scrutiny for those with more than 3 dependents) are illegal (access to IRS data), ineffective(address matching is problematic with college-age kids or with commuter marriages - to name just a quick use case) or possibly illegal (heightened scrutiny of larger families is borderline discriminatory). You, and the writers, are also assuming that Aon, or any other verification provider, is too stupid to have considered, analyzed, and rejected alternatives. At the risk of suggesting Homeland Security is an example of smart management, they do not seem to find that mining the enormous data that they have access to can, by itself, obviate the need for actual documentation. If some teacher in Washington State wishes to forge birth or marriage certificates for the purpose of being 'nice' to their unemployed, and unrelated, roommate, that is their choice. But their legal exposure has become exponentially greater.

      I am no fan of providing a lot of personal documentation and identification paperwork to any organization. But that sadly is the state of the world we live in.

      Please, retiredexaon, use more of your apparent intelligence and less of your anger while forming your comments. You will find a broader audience.

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