Regulatory Evaluation on Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections

Regulatory Evaluation on Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections

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To date, Econometrica has prepared a short-form regulatory evaluation about a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) final rule that implements the provision of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requiring that U.S. carriers accept certain musical instruments as carry-on or checked baggage.

Developing the RIA involved conducting research into current U.S. carrier policies and estimating the benefits and costs of the final rule. To estimate the potential benefits, Econometrica examined:

  1. The distribution of instruments played by professional musicians.
  2. The extent to which musicians currently encounter difficulties in carrying or checking instruments.
  3. The extent to which any loss of income from not being able to perform at events that require air travel could be mitigated by additional performances for which instrument transportation is not a problem.

The costs examined included costs to covered carriers that must modify or create musical instrument carriage policies, update guidance for consumers, and train carrier personnel in new requirements. Econometrica used carrier website data to examine which U.S. carriers had specific musical instrument carriage plans and the degree of specificity of those plans. Econometrica also examined data on industry employment to determine the labor categories of employees most likely to be impacted by the musical instrument policies and estimated the opportunity cost of time that these employees would spend learning new policies.

DOT also expects to propose requirements relating to carriers’ frequent flyer programs in the upcoming notice of proposed rulemaking and final rule.

Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Technical Implementation Support

Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Technical Implementation Support

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As a subcontractor, Econometrica assists with development of identification methods and measurements for analyzing Part D Plan-generated healthcare in the Medication Therapy Management initiative. We collect data from plans and provide access to a panel of technical experts. In addition, we collect, process, and resolve Part D model-related complaints to support the aims of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Value-Based Payment and Calculation of Resource Measures for Hospital and Physician

Value-Based Payment and Calculation of Resource Measures for Hospital and Physician

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Econometrica performs econometric and statistical analysis of Medicare expenditure and value-based payments data. We develop, calculate, and report measures for episode-based payments. In addition, we support proposed and final rules, draft policy documents, and respond to public comments. We are developing a data collection validation plan for hospital payment adjustments and public data on hospital performance. These efforts support various programs for CMS.

 

 

Obtain and Summarize Economic Data Presented at Advisory Committee

Obtain and Summarize Economic Data Presented at Advisory Committee

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Market: Transportation

Start Year: 2016

Role: Prime

Client: Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)

Services Provided: Regulatory and Policy Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Technical Writing and Editing 

Econometrica conducted analysis of cost information for rulemaking related to the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation. We prepared summary reports and documentation to support committee members in assessing alternative regulatory options. Our studies may be used in future rulemaking and/or regulatory impact analysis.

Regulatory Evaluation of ICT Final Rule for U.S. Access Board

Regulatory Evaluation of ICT Final Rule for U.S. Access Board

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Market: Transportation

Start Year: 2016

Role: Prime

Client: U.S. Access Board

Services Provided: Regulatory and Policy Analysis, OMB Clearance Support, Technical Writing and Editing

Econometrica prepared a Final Regulatory Impact Analysis with an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) package. We assisted the Access Board in presentation of submission to the Office of Management and Budget. In addition, we prepared the Final Rule incorporating any revisions.