June 2019 E-Bulletin

This month's E-Bulletin topics include:

  1. The Countdown Clock Is Running – Join TRS Today!
  2. Non-Signatories and the Upgrade to TRS
  3. Added Functionality Coming to TRS
  4. Reminder: Upcoming Changes to Arbitration Privileges

The Countdown Clock Is Running – Join TRS Today!

Image of a stopwatch with the words count down on itBy October 1, 2019, all automobile subrogation arbitration program cases will be filed in TRS®. Don’t wait until later this year to begin taking advantage of the benefits of TRS.

Onboarding is simple. Contact us at Trsrollout@arbfile.org to begin your transition today!

Our members have asked if AF is considering changes to extensions and revisits. Yes, we are. Extensions and revisits are one of many topics we will continue to work with the membership and our Board of Directors to evaluate throughout 2019. We anticipate completing the evaluation with our members and Board to determine the best solution for extensions and revisits at the beginning of Q4 2019. These changes, and others, will be based on the needs of the membership as a whole and the long-term benefits our members expect from the TRS technology platform.
 
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Non-Signatories and the Upgrade to TRS

Conceptual image of a crane building a webpageAs a reminder, TRS® is not currently available to non-signatories but will be available in the future.

We appreciate your patience, as we work to first upgrade our membership to the new platform. Delivery of TRS to AF’s member companies is occurring in a phased approach:
Phase I – Limited Automobile Arbitration
Phase II – Expanded Auto and all remaining arbitration programs
Phase III – Subrogation (E-Subro Hub)
Please stay tuned for announcements regarding the addition of non-signatories to TRS!
 
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Added Functionality Coming to TRS

Image of a thought bubble with the words coming soon in itAs part of the Online Filing (OLF) upgrade to the Total Recovery Solution® (TRS®) platform effective October 1, 2019, AF continues to develop functionality that aligns TRS with the Automobile Subrogation Arbitration Agreement and the Arbitration Rules. Some of the functionality you will see deployed during 2019 includes:
  1. Ability to request a deferment; ability for an adverse party to challenge the deferment request.
  2. Ability for a signatory to file against a non-signatory or vice versa. This includes scenarios in which the non-signatory consents to arbitrate or the loss state mandates the use of intercompany arbitration through AF.
We are excited with the increased participation and usage of TRS in advance of October 1, 2019.
 
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Reminder: Upcoming Changes to Arbitration Privileges

Image of post-it notes clipped to a clothesline with one reading don't forget!As part of the Online Filing (OLF) upgrade to the Total Recovery Solution® (TRS®) platform effective October 1, 2019, AF will be assigning privileges for TRS to all existing arbitration users at all member companies. If a user currently has the ability to file, respond, and/or hear cases in OLF, that user will be given the equivalent privileges to perform those actions in TRS.

For members that are already participating in TRS, all remaining active OLF filers and responders at your company will be given comparable access in TRS, effective October 1, 2019.

TPAs that file and/or respond on behalf of a member company in OLF will be given restricted access in TRS. Restricted access is defined as access only to cases that members specifically assigned to the TPA in TRS.

Affiliate companies that are peers and/or web-enabled to a member company in OLF will be given unrestricted access in TRS. Unrestricted access is defined as access to all cases in TRS.

For a complete list of TPAs and affiliate companies that can file and/or respond on behalf of your company today, please contact your AF security administrator.

If you have any questions regarding TRS privileges, please contact the Member Service Center at 866-977-3434 or email TRSSupport@arbfile.org. The deadline to make changes to privileges for the TRS transition is August 1, 2019.
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