Al Betts, executive director for the Insurance Council of Texas and Commissioner of Workers’ Comp from 2005-2008, summed it up at the recent DWC Educational Conference:
“In the 1990s and early 2000s, Texas was nearly on par with California with high costs that threatened to bankrupt the system. Regulators turned Texas around with the ODG treatment guidelines, the closed drug formulary and an ombudsman program created to help injured workers without attorneys to navigate the system.”
Rates have dropped 50% in a “remarkable story.” Betts noted that other states are looking to Texas as the model system for the nation.
Better outcomes, at lower costs.
Quality care quickly, and timely RTW, without the waste, fraud and abuse.