Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation recently announced it has has adopted the Fiscal Year 2022 Research Agenda of the Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG).
The Texas Labor Code requires the REG to conduct professional studies and research related to the operational effectiveness of the Texas workers’ compensation system and annually publish a workers’ compensation research agenda.
Items in the agenda include:
- Complete and publish the 16th Edition of the Workers’ Compensation Health Care Network Report Card required under Insurance Code §1305.502(a)-(d) and Labor Code §405.0025(b).
- Update the 2020 biennial study to estimate employer participation in the Texas workers’ compensation system.
- Continue studying the impact of COVID-19 on the Texas workers’ compensation system, including claim frequency, claim costs, disputes, access to care and returnto-work outcomes, and the number of claims affected by Senate Bill 22, 87th Legislature, Regular Session (2021).
- Update key workers’ compensation system trends to meet the requirements for the DWC biennial report required under Labor Code §402.066, including medical costs and utilization of care, return-to-work rates for injured employees, access to care for injured employees, and medical dispute resolution trends.
- Analyze Texas workers’ compensation hospital inpatient and outpatient payment trends over time