Latest News about TRS

Upcoming TRS Enhancements and What We’ve Delivered Year to Date
July 14, 2020
Focused on innovation, AF is dedicated to bringing our membership the tools required to meet the needs of an evolving industry. We look forward to delivering the following recovery and resolution enhancements to you this year, which have been made possible by your feedback.

PIP and Med Pay Changes Coming to TRS
July 14, 2020
As communicated in the June 2020 E-Bulletin, the ability to file PIP and Med Pay Arbitration in TRS is scheduled for Q4 2020 (does not include NYPIP).

Updates to AF's Arbitration Rules
June 18, 2020
As communicated in the May 2020 E-Bulletin, AF’s Member Council and Board of Directors approved updates to the Arbitration Rules. While both Rules were originally scheduled to become effective August 1, the effective date for Rule 5-3 has been postponed until later this year.

Upcoming Enhancements

Conceptual image of enhancements using gears and iconsSome of the functionality you will see deployed during 2020 includes:

  • PIP and Med Pay Arbitration in TRS (Q4) – Introducing enhanced functionality to allow the filing of new PIP and Medical Payment coverages within TRS. Note: Does not include NY PIP
  • Admit Liability/100% Liability (Q4) – E-Subro Hub to TRS Admitted Liability Feature: Most arbitration cases are two-party cases for damage disputes only, yet both parties are still required to enter their liability arguments and attach their supporting evidence in TRS. We are introducing a new feature within the Counter Offer and Reduced Payment negotiation actions in E-Subro Hub that will allow the responder to indicate they are admitting 100% liability. In the event the demand proceeds to arbitration, the parties will bypass Liability Arguments and directly proceed to the Damages section of the filing; the 100% liability admission will carry over. Companies will have the ability to opt in to this new feature through a new company configuration option. This functionality will save time for our members by alleviating the need to enter liability arguments and evidence in support of the Liability Arguments.
  • Angular Upgrade (Q4) – Updating the UI platform to enhance the TRS experience.
  • Shared Evidence (Q4) – For Auto supplemental filings, evidence submitted by the parties to support or dispute the supplemental damages will be viewable by all parties in the case.
  • TRS Auto Metrics Visualization (Q3–Q4) – We are planning a phased launch of visualizations for TRS, with the initial release focused on the workflow for parties filing and responding. Users will be able to interact with the charts and see trends over time by seeing a year-to-year or month-to-month comparison of their activity. These charts will show industry averages for you to compare your activity to the industry. Second phased launch of the visualizations for TRS will focus on arbitrator metrics, recovery performance in decisions, amount owed based on decisions, loss date to feature submit date, and damage disputes heard versus responded. Where appropriate, these charts will show industry averages for you to compare your activity to the industry.  

A Look Ahead

  • Image of four puzzles piecesAll remaining arbitration programs will be upgraded to the TRS platform by the end of 2021.
  • Coming in Q1 and Q2 of 2021, we will be releasing TRS enhancements to provide users the opportunity to update certain aspects of their arbitration filings and responses after submission. The limited amendment functionality will be tailored to address member feedback requests without adversely affecting the enhanced cycle time benefit the TRS minimal-touch design provides.