RPC White Papers

Determining Usual, Customary and Reasonable Charges for Healthcare Providers

The issue of whether a healthcare provider’s charges are reasonable arises when a healthcare provider and payor have not agreed on a negotiated payment rate for a service. Reasonableness of healthcare charges are at issue in some personal injury cases as well as commercial litigation and can effect the economic damages in the case.  RPC conducts ongoing research on determining the reasonableness of healthcare providers’ charges. This white paper expresses RPC’s opinions on the matter as of August 2016.   Read the full white paper here. Read More
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Sources of Data on Earnings and Work History

In personal injury, wrongful death, and employment litigation, lost earnings and lost earning capacity are often an element of damages. The vocational or economic expert must develop the work history and earning history of the injured party.  RPC developed a white paper which discusses development of earning history in a personal injury case. The discussion is useful for personal injury attorneys, but also applies to a wider range of cases.  The paper is available for download using this link . Read More
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Lost Earnings v. Lost Earning Capacity

One of many issues that can arise in calculating economic damages in personal injury litigation is the important distinction between projecting a person’s future earnings and a person’s future earning capacity. Earnings are defined as remuneration of a worker for services performed during a specific period of time. When projecting future earnings the economist is projecting the amount the person would have earned but for an injury. When projecting future earning capacity the economist is projecting the amount the person could have earned if he had chosen to maximize his earnings. Read more about The Different Between Lost Earnings and Lost Earning Capacity Read More
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