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House Committee on Business and Industry - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Helen Giddings, Chair
Gary Elkins, Vice Chair
Lois W. Kolkhorst, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Dwayne Bohac
Trey Martinez Fischer
Joe Moreno
René O. Oliveira
Burt Solomons
Bill Zedler
Charges
• 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 Legislature, Regular Session, and workers' compensation legislation passed during the 78th Legislature.
• Monitor the implementation of HB 1366, 78th Legislature, Regular Session. 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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