Workers' Compensation Research and Evaluation Group - REG
House Bill 28 (78th Legislature, third called session, 2003) created a new workers' compensation research function at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) by transferring the research function of the former Research and Oversight Council on Workers' Compensation (ROC) to the agency. Per Chapter 405 of the Texas Labor Code, the Workers' Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG) is responsible for conducting professional studies and research on various system issues, including:
- The delivery of benefits;
- Litigation and controversy related to workers' compensation;
- Insurance rates and rate-making procedures;
- Rehabilitation and reemployment of injured employees;
- The quality and cost of medical benefits;
- Employer participation in the workers' compensation system;
- Employment health and safety issues; and
- Other matters relevant to the cost, quality, and operational effectiveness of the workers' compensation system.
House Bill 7 (79th Legislature, Regular Session, 2005) included a new Section 405.0026, Texas Labor Code, which requires the Commissioner of Insurance to adopt an annual research agenda for the Workers' Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG) at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). Section 405.0026, Texas Labor Code, also requires TDI to post a proposed research agenda in the Texas Register for public review and comment and requires the Commissioner of Insurance to hold a public hearing on the research agenda if requested by a member of the public.
REG Research Agenda
- Annual Research Agenda is adopted for each fiscal year as specified in the Texas Labor Code Section 405.0026.
REG Reports and Studies
- REG Reports and Studies page provides current reports and studies as well as an archive of past publications.
Texas A&M University is conducting two surveys of Texas injured employees on behalf of the Research and Evaluation Group (REG) at the Texas Department of Insurance and in support of the Biennial HB7 Report and the Annual Network Report Card.
The first survey will measure the impact of HB7 on the Texas workers' compensation system, and the second is a major component of the Workers' Compensation Health Care Network Report Card (required under Insurance Code §§1305.502(a)-(d) and Labor Code §405.0025(b)).
Injured employees will be receiving a letter to inform them of their selection and a follow-up phone call with the survey questions.
The results of the survey will be reported in the Network Report Card, due on September 30, 2016.
Approximately 4,000 injured employees will participate in the survey. The identity of all injured employees participating in the survey and their answers are confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act under Section 405.004, Labor Code.
Essentially, the survey asks injured employees about their workers’ compensation health care network experience with:
- access to medical care;
- satisfaction with medical care;
- return to work;
- health outcomes.
The surveys will run from April to July, 2016.
- LIBs/DBs Data Call Documents - Cover letter
- LIBs/DBs Data Call Documents - Instructions
- LIBs/DBs Data Call Documents - Spreadsheet
- Selected Insurance Carriers
- Ace American Insurance Co
- American Casualty Co of Reading PA
- American Home Assurance Co
- American Zurich Insurance Co
- Arch Insurance Co
- Association Casualty Insurance Co
- Bitco General Insurance Corp
- City of Dallas
- City of Fort Worth
- City of Houston
- Commerce & Industry Insurance Co
- Harris County
- Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co
- Indemnity Insurance Co of North America
- Insurance Co of the State of PA
- Liberty Insurance Corp
- Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co
- Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co of America
- National Interstate Insurance Co
- New Hampshire Insurance Co
- Old Republic Insurance Co
- Service Lloyds Insurance Co
- State Office of Risk Management
- Texas A & M University System
- Texas Assoc of Counties Risk Management Pool
- Texas Association of School Boards Risk Mgmt Fund
- Texas Department of Transportation
- Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
- Texas Mutual Insurance Co
- Travelers Indemnity Co
- Travelers Indemnity Co of Connecticut
- University of Texas System
- Valley Forge Insurance Co
- Zurich American Insurance Co
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Last updated: 05/31/2016