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Committee on Business and Industry - 78th R.S. (2003)
Study ways to reduce specific cost drivers under the workers' compensation system related to provider, surgical and physical therapy services or care and the reduction of return-to-work time periods.
Study the cost effectiveness of the state workers' compensation system including:
(a) Economic benefits, if any, of inclusion of the UT System, A&M University System, Texas Department of Transportation and Employees Retirement System under the State Office of Risk Management programs;
(b) Costs or savings to the state by allowing state agencies to self-insure; and
(c)The creation of workers' compensation provider networks for state employees.
Actively monitor the activities of the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission in the continued implementation of HB 2600 77th R.S., and workers' compensation legislation passed during the 78th Legislature.
Monitor the implementation of HB 1366 78th R.S.. Consider concerns from interested parties regarding the use of the remediation funds and recommend legislative changes to the 79th Legislature.
Study the potential impact on the cost and quality of medical care through employer and/or insurance carrier selection of initial treating doctor and change of doctor in the workers' compensation system.
Monitor the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
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