Texas lawmakers are considering legislation that would help determine whether the state's employee compensation system would benefit from processing medical service authorizations in real time.
H.B. 2247, which was introduced on Wednesday, would enable the State Office for Risk Management to develop and implement a “demonstration program for the treatment of workers' compensation permits for payments for medical services and medical bills in real time if the office determines that the program would be cost-effective.
The bill states that such a data collection and administrative program must be an Internet-based portal with a single platform for the use of government agencies, care providers, patients and other stakeholders. The program would also include the use of treatment guidelines and best practices for returning to work, according to a draft bill.
The Risk Management Office would have until 30 June 2024 to test such a program and until 31