RAND Corp. News

Cyber Was Focus of California Symposium for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

There are more than 4,000 cyber-attacks each year aimed at small- to mid-sized businesses, many of which are exposed because they haven’t given cyber security a high enough priority, according to Stephanie Christensen, who heads up cyber and intellectual property …

Workplace Is Hostile, Stressful, Grim Place for Many Americans

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers …

Rand Report Recommends Analytics for Fraud Prevention in Workers’ Comp

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has posted a report from the Rand Corp. with recommendations to prevent fraud in the workers’ compensation system. The Department of Industrial Relations last year requested that the Rand assess medical provider fraud in …

Looking at Injured Worker Benefits from California Comp Reforms out to 2020

Will workers’ compensation benefits from California’s sweeping reform law passed in 2012 help or hurt injured employees over the next four years? Some people didn’t want to wait until 2020 to answer that question. The Santa Monica-based think tank Rand …

Prescription Drug Use Up, Out-of-Pocket Spending Down Under Affordable Care Act: RAND

People who gained health coverage following the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion sharply increased their use of prescription drugs, while their out-of-pocket spending for medications dropped significantly, according to a new RAND Corp. study. Researchers studying …

Climate Change Exposes U.S. Infrastructure to Natural Hazards, Rand Corp. Says

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part column. A follow up column will focus on how catastrophe modelers are being asked to create products that take into account potential climate change impacts. A report out this week from …

How to Make U.S. Traffic Safety Programs More Effective: RAND Study

Following a national approach to adopting traffic safety laws is more cost effective than following a state-by-state approach, according to a new RAND Corp. study. Boosting traffic safety funding by 10 percent and allocating the funds to states where it …

3 Reasons Congress Should Renew TRIA

U.S. insurance markets, like the rest of the nation, were caught off guard by the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Loss of life and property led to an estimated $32.5 billion dollars in insured losses – $43 billion in 2013 dollars …

Why Not Renewing TRIA Could Cost Government More Than Renewing It

Ending the federal terrorism risk insurance program could end up costing the federal government more than if the program, TRIA, is allowed to continue, according to a RAND Corp. study. The analysis finds that in a terrorist attack with losses …

Obamacare Premiums Called Affordable in 17-State Survey

A 25-year-old New Yorker earning $25,000 a year will pay as little as $62 a month for health insurance next year, and a peer living in Vermont may pay nothing, according to a 17-state survey of premiums under the U.S. …