Definition of "Tele-underwriting"

Procedure in which a home office interviewer (who may or may not have underwriting experience) interviews applicants on the telephone. The questions asked the applicant are automated and scripted. The applicant's response to a particular question triggers the interviewer to either ask more details about the response or to ask another question. This procedure lists among its benefits: reduction in the time required to process applications; delivery of policies 'n a shorter period of time; non duplication of the same question asked by agents, medical examiners, and underwriters; reduction in the number of omitted answers to questions on the application; and the reduction of paperwork required by an agent.

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