This report summarizes the proceedings of a colloquium to elicit input from key occupational safety and health and workers' compensation stakeholders to help the Center for Workers' Compensation Studies maximize the impact of its research activities.
The California Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Worker's Compensation asked RAND to help develop a fee schedule for home health services provided to injured workers. The researchers made three sets of recommendations.
With the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act set to expire this year, Congress is currently revisiting a crucial question: What is the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets? As the debate unfolds on Capitol Hill, policymakers should consider three key research findings.
Analyzing requirements for ambulatory surgical centers and Medicare coverage criteria for ASC services, authors examine whether common workers' compensation inpatient procedures should be added to California's Official Medical Fee Schedule for ASCs.
An examination of the impact of implementing a resource-based relative value scale to pay for physician and other practitioner services under the California workers' compensation system finds in the aggregate across all services, allowances are projected to increase 11.9 percent.
As more Americans become newly covered under the ACA, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. But an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger an increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.
Summarizes a report that identifies potential mechanisms through which health care reform might affect claim costs for several major types of liability coverage, especially auto insurance, workers’ compensation coverage, and medical malpractice.
As more Americans become newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger a corresponding increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.
A new California program would provide supplemental payments to injured workers whose permanent disability benefits are disproportionately low compared to their earnings loss. This report makes recommendations about implementation of this program.
Comparisons are already being drawn between Monday's terrible events in the Washington Navy Yard and other recent high profile mass shootings. However, one way in which this shooting may differ from other events is in who — if anybody — provides financial compensation for those who are injured.
Many state workers' compensation systems face significant challenges as medical and administrative costs have risen. California sought RAND advice in improving its system to save both public and private funds, while also improving the quality of care for injured workers.
States with low nonfatal injury rates and high fatality rates tend to be in the South, have lower worker compensation benefits, be less unionized, and pay lower wages—while states with high nonfatal injury rates and lower fatality rates tend to be in the West, pay higher benefits and wages, be more strongly unionized, and carry out more workplace inspections.
When enacting, implementing, and evaluating health care reform, policymakers should consider potential spillover effects on workers' compensation insurance. The experience of Massachusetts's heath care reform suggests that reform may reduce medical costs.
The first evaluation of the California Injury and Illness Prevention Program found evidence that it reduces workplace injuries, but only at businesses that had been cited for not addressing the regulation's more-specific safety mandates. Higher penalties could enhance compliance but having inspectors conduct more in-depth assessments and linking the violations and injuries to the program would have more impact.
The first evaluation of the California Injury and Illness Prevention Program found that it reduces workplace injuries, but only at businesses that had been cited for not addressing the regulation's more-specific safety mandates. Having inspectors conduct more in-depth assessments and linking the violations and injuries to the program would have more impact.
The RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), a part of the Justice Policy program, conducts research on all aspects of civil justice, from trends in litigation and jury verdicts to punitive damages, compensation systems, and alternative dispute resolution. Directly or indirectly, civil justice issues have an impact on us all.
This book examines changes to California's workers' compensation affecting medical care provided to injured workers and identifies areas in which more changes could improve quality and efficiency of care.