Provides a comprehensive analysis of the effects of several large changes to the workers' compensation system on return to work rates for California's injured workers.
Publications on Occupational Safety
The Frequency, Severity, and Economic Consequences of Musculoskeletal Injuries to Firefighters in California June 21, 2010
The most common work-related injuries among firefighters are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Understanding the frequency and severity of firefighter MSDs is more important with recent changes to California workers' compensation. This book describes the effect of work-related MSDs on firefighters' earnings and employment, the reforms' impact on disability ratings, and employment outcomes since the reforms to the medical delivery system.
How Effective are Employer Return to Work Programs? May 11, 2010
Examines the effectiveness of employer-based return to work programs.
Analyzes factors that led to swings in the California workers' compensation insurance market after partial rate deregulation in 1995 and suggest ways to reduce market volatility and insurer insolvencies while maintaining the benefits of competition.
California's Volatile Workers' Compensation Insurance Market: Problems and Recommendations for Change December 7, 2009
Since partial rate deregulation in 1995, the California workers' compensation insurance market has seen dramatic swings in underwriting profits and the share of coverage written by private carriers. Many insurers have failed. This book considers why and looks at the regulatory system and its response, then makes recommendations to reduce market volatility and the frequency of insolvencies while realizing the benefits of a competitive market.
Regulatory Actions that Could Reduce Unnecessary Medical Expenses Under California's Workers' Compensation Program September 23, 2009
Provides a summary of potential refinements to the Official Medical Fee Schedule that would reduce the California's workers compensation program's medical expenses.
Examines the types of ambulatory surgical procedures performed on injured workers covered by the California workers' compensation system and whether they vary by hospital outpatient and freestanding ambulatory surgery settings.
The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries May 27, 2009
This paper describes associations between substance use and occupational injuries, reviews related literature and policies, and discusses what remains unknown about the relationship between substance use and occupational injuries and identifies future avenues for research that could help fill some of these research gaps.
Demonstrating and Communicating Research Impact: Preparing NIOSH Programs for External Review February 3, 2009
From 2005 to 2008, the National Academies conducted an external review of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research programs. This external review assessed programs' impact on and relevance to preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. This book describes the methodology that RAND researchers developed to help NIOSH programs prepare for the external review.
Inpatient Hospital Services: An Update on Services Provided Under California's Workers' Compensation Program January 6, 2009
Examines changes in the number and type of discharges and maximum allowable fees under the California Workers' Compensation Official Medical Fee Schedule for inpatient hospital services from 2003-2005.
Occupational Safety and Health for Public Safety Employees: Assessing the Evidence and the Implications for Public Policy November 17, 2008
Police officers, firefighters, and other public safety workers face exceptionally high rates of injury and fatality relative to the general workforce. This document provides an analysis of the risk factors associated with different aspects of public safety occupations, to help policymakers in their efforts to improve the health and safety of these employees.
Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania: How is the System Performing? How Should It Be Reformed? March 15, 2008
This research brief examines the performance of the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system in terms of costs and effectiveness and suggests possible reforms for the future.
Examines the performance of Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system, focusing on benefits and compensation, workplace safety, medical care, and dispute resolution. The authors find that the system performs fairly well relative to other states, but that it faces challenges in improving safety and in dealing with rising health care costs. The authors discuss future policy options, emphasizing the need for more and better performance data.
Nanomaterials in the Workplace: Policy and Planning Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health April 18, 2006
What are the challenges the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and related federal agencies face when allocating limited resources so that worker health and safety go hand in hand with innovation and technical progress? This was the central issue addressed at a workshop on nanotechnology and occupational safety and health hosted by RAND. This document draws on discussions during the workshop and places them within a policy framework for further consideration by NIOSH.
Using Logic Models for Strategic Planning and Evaluation: Application to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control March 30, 2006
Drawing on prior RAND analyses, this report is the result of RAND’s effort to assist the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in developing its strategic plan, including goals and measures, and in preparation for its spring 2006 PART (Program Assessment Rating Tool) review through the use of a “logic model template” that incorporates operations and strategy.