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The RAND Institute for Civil Justice uses empirical and objective research methods to search out the root causes of system problems and identify the best fixes. We find common ground among adversaries, and interpret findings for policymakers. Our work aims to make the system more efficient and equitable for all, protecting society from the economic and social costs of a system that could become arbitrary and capricious.
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Physician Reporting Requirements for Injured Workers in California: A Review of Reporting Processes and Payment Policies 2017
This report assesses California workers' compensation–required reports — including the structure and content, level of effort, and allowances — and compares the elements and processes with other systems to inform potential improvements and further refinements to California's reporting requirements and policies. The report should be of general interest to stakeholders in California's workers' compensation (WC) system and in other WC programs.
Laws limiting malpractice payments may lower state health care expenditures by between 3-4%.
Examines the effect of health insurance coverage expansions on auto liability claims and costs.
In a consumer society, the procedures for providing compensation to many claimants are very important, especially as litigation becomes more public due to 24/7 news and the Internet. During this May 19, 2017, conference, participants explored issues that affect compensation speed, efficiency, and fairness. These conference proceedings explore stakeholder observations on the changing roles of regulators, the impact of liens, and claim aggregation.
Assigning Responsibility Following a Catastrophe: Alternatives to Relying Solely on Traditional Civil Litigation 2017
This report reviews various alternatives to relying exclusively on traditional civil litigation to assign responsibility for the human causes of a catastrophe and to determine the types of losses that a designated responsible party must reimburse. It also reviews examples of circumstances in which statutory substitutes for the traditional tort system have been adopted for dealing with at least some of the consequences of widespread harm.
Examines how mandatory insurer reporting affects delays in settlement of claims.
Understanding the landscape of Distributed Ledger Technologies/Blockchain: Challenges, opportunities, and the prospects for standards 2017
This report analyses the current landscape of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) / Blockchain and closely examine the issues that are central to its development. The study articulates a set of areas for further consideration by the DLT / Blockchain community regarding the potential role of standardization.
This report focuses on workers' compensation fraud — specifically, providers' intentional manipulation of rules and procedures. The report conceptualizes the sources of and remedies for workers' compensation fraud in California and offers some high-level recommendations for regulators and legislators to consider.
On January 12, 2015, the UCLA–RAND Center for Law and Public Policy held a conference in Santa Monica, California, to examine the depth of the resourcing problem for state courts in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, discuss impact and collateral implications, and identify policy options and practical steps to mitigate the challenges. This report summarizes the panel discussions and participants' responses to audience questions.
The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City: Economic Impacts of Rising Premiums and Policy Options for One- to Four-Family Homes 2017
This report examines flood insurance cost in New York City and homeowners' ability to afford it. It makes projections for how changes in flood maps and pricing practices of the National Flood Insurance Program might increase premiums, analyzes the potential consequences of those increases on households and communities, and develops and evaluates several different approaches for assisting households that have difficulty affording flood insurance.