SOURCE: Kaplan Financial Compliance

March 10, 2008 10:07 ET

Kaplan Financial Compliance Introduces Electronic "Just in Time" Appointment Processing

Saves Insurance and Securities Firms Unnecessary Appointment Processing Fees

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Kaplan Financial Compliance (http://www.kaplanfinancial.com), a provider of services and technology solutions for the insurance and securities industries to help manage the producer/representative on-boarding process and career cycle, has introduced an innovative "Just in Time" appointment processing capability in its CMS G2™ compliance solution. The new automated feature is designed to cut down on unnecessary state appointment processing fees paid by carriers.

Kaplan Financial Compliance will demonstrate "Just in Time" at the 2008 Securities and Insurance Licensing Association (SILA) Spring Regulator/Industry Symposium booth #5, March 12-14, 2008 in Greenville, S.C.

The CMS G2™ "Just in Time" appointment process allows insurance companies to complete and hold producer appointment requests electronically. Using intelligent workflow processes, "Just in Time" enables users to hold transaction requests for specific states and distribution groups, monitor the aging of the transactions and release the request for state approval when a sale is made. This process is fully automated, and based on business rules built into the system.

"The costs of appointments have long been a challenge in the carrier community, as appointment processing fees can reach up to $60 per state for every producer. Since carriers report that 80 percent or more of producers for whom appointments are requested fail to make a sale, carriers are saddled with high appointment costs but with no new business to offset these costs," said Zach McCoy, vice president, Compliance Services at Kaplan Financial Compliance. "Carriers are looking for ways to 'park' appointment requests until a sale is made; however, manual processes are cumbersome, error prone, and lack the ability to actively monitor the process of releasing the request when a sale is made. Kaplan Financial Compliance has solved this problem with 'Just in Time.'"

In addition to cost savings, other benefits of CMS G2™ "Just in Time" include:

--  Increased efficiencies gained through process automation, which
    reduces staff time spent on manual data gathering, filing, tracking and
    processing.
--  Rules-based compliance validations, which significantly reduces
    compliance risk by utilizing an integrated rules engine that ensures
    accurate and timely data.
--  Role-based security with all processes and roles built into the
    system, ensuring secure transactions and communications.
    

"Just in Time" is available as part of Kaplan Financial's CMS G2™ solution. More detailed information is available at http://www.kaplanfinancial.com.

About Kaplan Financial Compliance

Kaplan Financial Compliance provides services and technology solutions for the insurance and securities industries to help manage the producer/representative on-boarding process and career cycle. The company is a trusted partner of more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 insurance companies and securities firms. Kaplan Financial Compliance is part of Kaplan Financial, a leading source of education and compliance solutions for insurance and financial services institutions and individuals. Kaplan Financial is a division of Kaplan, Inc., a worldwide education services provider and a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. For more information, go to http://www.kaplanfinancial.com.

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