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Workers' Compensation Daily News for Jun 26, 2017

No Apportionment Allowed for Failed Surgery
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:06:18 - Pacific Time
Maureen Hikida was employed by Costco from November 1984 to May 2010. During this period, she developed a number of medical conditions, including carpel tunnel syndrome.

In May 2010, she took leave from work to undergo carpel tunnel surgery. Following the surgery, she developed chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a condition that caused her debilitating pain in her upper extremities and severely impaired her ability to function.

An AME in orthopedics, Chester Hasday, M.D., found her permanently and totally disabled from the labor market.

He found that her permanent total disability was due entirely to the effects of the CRPS that she developed as a result of the failed carpal tunnel surgery. He further concluded that petitioner’s carpal tunnel condition itself was 90 percent due to industrial factors and 10 percent to nonindustrial factors. The WCJ awarded 90% disability after apportionment.

In a two-to-one decision, the Board affirmed the apportionment. The majority concluded: "To properly evaluate the issue of apportionment of permanent disability, it is necessary to ‘parcel out’ the causative sources of the permanent disability, nonindustrial, prior industrial and current industrial, and ‘decide the amount directly caused by the current industrial source."

The Court of Appeal reversed and awarded unapportioned 100% disability in the published case of Hikida v WCAB.

The issue presented is whether an employer is responsible for both the medical treatment and any disability arising directly from unsuccessful medical intervention, without apportionment.

The Court of Appeal concluded that "despite significant changes in the law governing workers’ compensation in 2004, disability resulting from medical treatment for which the employer is responsible is not subject to apportionment."

Here, there is no dispute that the disabling carpal tunnel syndrome from which petitioner suffered was largely the result of her many years of clerical employment with Costco. It followed that Costco was required to provide medical treatment to resolve the problem, without apportionment. The surgery went badly, leaving appellant with a far more disabling condition -- CRPS -- that will never be alleviated.

California workers’ compensation law relieves Costco of liability for any negligence in the provision of the medical treatment that led to petitioner’s CRPS. It does not relieve Costco of the obligation to compensate petitioner for this disability without apportionment.

"Our review of the authorities convinces us that in enacting the "new regime of apportionment based on causation," the Legislature did not intend to transform the law requiring employers to pay for all medical treatment caused by an industrial injury, including the foreseeable consequences of such medical treatment." Read More...

1 Doctor Prescribed 4 Million Opiods in 5 Years
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:06:11 - Pacific Time
If records were maintained listing egregious behavior on the part of licensed physicians who illegally prescribe opiate medications, Dr. David Taylor would likely rank very high on such a list.

Federal agents and police officers arrested Dr. David Taylor, 74, and two others for allegedly running a pill mill on Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island. The doctor diverted 4 million pills with a street value of $40 million to Staten Islanders, according to authorities.

The pain management specialist allegedly took money and goods, including single malt whiskey, for the prescriptions. The Feds said the doctor would write scripts for oxycodone and Xanax without an examination, MRIs, or medical records.

Federal and State authorities announced the unsealing of an indictment charging of David Taylor M.D., a state-licensed doctor, with writing medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone over a five-year period.  In addition to Taylor, Vito Gallicchio, and Daniel Garcia were arrested on charges that, from January 2012 through at least June 2017, they conspired with Taylor to distribute oxycodone.  

The case has been assigned to United States District Court Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr.

DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said:  "It is alleged that millions of dollars’ worth of pain medication was diverted onto the streets of Staten Island, enabling addiction and overdoses on the borough. These arrests will impact Staten Island’s opioid market by shutting down an illicit pill distribution operation located at the heart of the borough, along Hylan Boulevard."

According to the allegations in the Indictment unsealed  in federal court:, David Taylor, Vito Gallicchio, and Daniel Garcia, and others conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone between January 2012 through at least June 2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, .

The three are charged with one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.  This offense carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Narcotics Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kiersten A. Fletcher and Dina Y. McLeod are in charge of the prosecution.

This case is a sad example of how far a single physician can cross the line into the shadowy underground world of narcotic addiction. Read More...

Going and Coming Rule Clarified
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:09:25 - Pacific Time
Yu Qin Zhu was hired as a home caretaker by the the California State Department of Social Services. The Department added Zhu to the registry of qualified workers. Zhu reviewed the registry of patients, contacted persons on the registry, and then interviewed her selections so that both parties could decide whether Zhu would work as their caretaker. The patients Zhu cared for set the schedule and told her what her duties were for each day.

Zhu worked in this capacity for the Department from 2003 through 2015. During this time, Zhu was paid by the Department every two weeks with one paycheck for all the work performed. She was not paid for transportation to, from, or in between locations.

On December 16, 2015, Zhu cared for a couple living in Monterey Park from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Zhu was scheduled to care for a woman in Alhambra in the afternoon. While she was riding her bike from Monterey Park to the house in Alhambra, Zhu was involved in a bicycle-automobile collision.

Zhu’s claim was heard on the limited issues of employment and injury arising out of and in the course of the employment. The WCJ found Zhu’s injury compensable because her "transportation between the clients’ homes was a mandatory part of the employment."

A majority of the Appeals Board rescinded the WCJ’s decision after granting reconsideration. They reasoned that Zhu, chose her own clients, work locations and hours, and merely used the Department to obtain client referrals. The means of transit were immaterial to the Department, and travel by bicycle was for Zhu’s own convenience and benefit.

The dissenting WCAB commissioner agreed with the WCJ and found "there was an implied requirement that [Zhu] furnish her own transportation to travel between disabled clients, care for whom is the responsibility of defendant." The dissent found Zhu qualified for the "required vehicle exception" to the going and coming rule because the employer received a benefit from the employee’s provision of her own transportation between job sites.

The Court of Appeal reversed the WCAB and extended the application of the going and coming rule in the published case of Zhu v WCAB.

The going and coming rule applies to a "local commute enroute to fixed a place of business at fixed hours. (Hinojosa, 8 Cal.3d at p. 157.) "Thus, if the employee is commuting between his or her home and place of work at the time of day that is usual for the commute, the going and coming rule applies. Zhu was not commuting between home and the workplace at a fixed time for that commute when she was injured."

However, the going and coming rule has in practice been invoked when the employee was in transit between points other than the home and workplace. In these cases the real issue is not whether the going and coming rule applies, but whether the transit is part of the employment or the employment relationship. Zhu’s transit was for the Department’s benefit and was impliedly requested by the Department. Read More...

Providence Scheduling Fined $100,000 in Kickback Case
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:09:20 - Pacific Time
Operation Backlash, has been an extensive FBI-led undercover investigation that revealed a widespread workers' compensation kickback scheme, including attorneys, doctors and medical providers who referred patients for health services in exchange for money. The Operation was first announced in November 2015 when the initial round of federal indictments was handed down.

San Diego chiropractor Steven J. Rigler and San Diego workers’ compensation attorney Sean O’Keefe previously pleaded guilty to federal charges.

As alleged in one of the indictments, Los Angeles radiologist Ronald Grusd paid bribes to a San Diego chiropractor in exchange for patient referrals. The bribes were funneled to the chiropractor via Grusd’s corporation, Willows Consulting, a shell company. The checks were labeled "professional services," but this was allegedly a sham.

Grusd’s practice, California Imaging Network Medical Group, has clinics in San Diego, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Fresno, Rialto, Santa Ana, Studio City, Bakersfield, Calexico, East Los Angeles, Lancaster, Victorville and Visalia.

Trial in the case pending against Grusd was set for June 6, 2017. On March 31, 2017, Defendants Grusd, California Imaging Network Medical Group, and Willows Consulting Company rejected a plea offer in this case.  His attorneys moved for a continuance of the June trial.  His trial is now set for October 10, 2017 09:00 AM in Courtroom 4B before Judge Cynthia Bashant.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also announced federal indictments against additional defendants. They include patient recruiters, Fermin Iglesias, Carlos Arguello, Miguel Morales and four corporations. The corporations are Providence Scheduling, Inc., Medex Solutions, Inc., Prime Holdings International, Inc. and Meridian Medical Resources, Inc., doing business as Meridian Rehab Care.

The three federal defendants are accused of recruiting individuals to file workers’ compensation claims resulting from an on-the-job injury. The defendants then directed these patients to specific chiropractors who, in exchange for dozens of new workers’ compensation patients each month, agreed to meet a quota set by the defendants for referrals of the new patients for ancillary goods and services such as MRIs and durable medical equipment from specific providers.

According to the indictment, Providence Scheduling oversaw the scheduling of applicants recruited by defendant Arguello and others, and their assignment to a primary treating physician, which included chiropractors. Defendants Iglesias and Arguello decided which physicians were eligible to receive applicants from defendant Providence Scheduling.

Prosecutors claim the purpose of the conspiracy was to fraudulently obtain money from insurers by submitting claims for ancillary procedures and DME that were secured through a pattern of bribes and kickbacks in the form of an illegal cross-referral scheme in exchange for the referral of patients to particular providers of ancillary procedures.

Near the end of March, 2017, Providence Scheduling entered into a Plea Agreement to plead guilty.

On June 19 a docket minute order reflects that the company was "given probation for a term of 3 years, fine $100,000, assessment $400, appeal rights waived. No restitution ordered. Count(s) 1, 2-3, Government motion to dismiss underlying counts granted." Read More...

So What's So Unconstitutional About Comp?
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:31:32 - Pacific Time
Challenges to the Constitutionality of Worker' Compensation programs, or components of such programs seems to be under unrelenting pressure from lawyers seeking to have courts declare the program to be unconstitutional under state or federal provisions.

California will be facing a ruling on June 29 in a case filed by Dr. Eduardo Anguizola - who is facing multiple counts of insurance fraud filed by Orange County prosecutors. He has filed a federal lawsuit that claims SB 1160 and Labor Code 4615, the anti-fraud law that took effect January 1, violates his rights to due process of law and to make a contract and to hire and pay his criminal defense attorneys, among other arguments.

His request for a preliminary injunction halting the provisions of SB 1160 is scheduled for hearing on June 29 before Federal Judge George H. Wu. Judge Wu previously ruled on the constitutional challenge to the re-instatement of the $100 lien filing fee as a result of SB 863 several years ago in the Angelotti Chiropractic case.

In 2015 the California Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of the IMR process in the publilshed case of Stevens v WCAB.

And earlier this year Daniel Ramirez also lost his constitutional challenge of the IRM/UR process. Ramirez wanted discovery to determine whether the doctor performing the independent medical review was biased or had a conflict of interest. His constitutional challenges were rejected in the published case of Ramirez v WCAB. On the constitutional challenges, the Court affirmed the prior decision of Stevens v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 1074 on these issues.

And there seems to be an abundance of such constitutional challenges across the nation.

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with the Mary Ann Protz v WCAB constitutional challenge to the AMA Guides. Protz argued that the Pennsylvania General Assembly unconstitutionally delegated to the AMA the authority to establish criteria for evaluating permanent impairment. The Supreme court held that it does.

And there are numerous other examples.

In 2016 the Oklahoma Supreme Court dealt several blows to the state’s 2013 workers’ comp overhaul by finding unconstitutional a provision of the Oklahoma Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act pertaining to the deferral of permanent partial disability benefits. In Maxwell v. Sprint PCS, (Case Number: 113898), which is representative of a class of several companion cases, the Court ruled that "scheduled members are exempt from the AMA Guides under the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act," and that the permanent partial disability deferral provision of statute "is an unconstitutional violation of due process." In state statute, the term "scheduled member" includes body parts such as arms, legs, toes, fingers, etc.

Last month Circuit Judge Pat Ballard found two provisions of the Alabama workers' compensation law - the $220 a week cap in compensation for injured workers, and the 15 percent cap on attorneys fees - unconstitutional in the case of Nora Clower vs. CVS Caremark. And because one or more provisions of the law were found unconstitutional, the entire act was struck down. Ballard stayed the order for 120 days to give the Alabama Legislature time to act.

And of course Florida has had an array of constitutional problems. A recent Stetson Law Review article points out that In over three-quarters of a century many constitutional challenges to the Florida Act have arisen. The three main arguments have invariably implicated the rights to equal protection, due process, and access to courts. And last year The state of Florida’s workers’ compensation system suffered another blow when the Florida Supreme Court ruled another part of the state’s workers’ compensation insurance system is unconstitutional.

In a 5-2 decision in the case of Bradley Westphal v City of St. Petersburg the Florida Supreme Court recently struck down a law limiting payments to injured workers for two years, instead ordering that the payments for injured workers should last five years.

On June 29 California will discover if it can withstand its third constitutional challenge to workers' compensation law in the same number of years. Read More...

TD and PD Rates Set to Increase in January
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:31:27 - Pacific Time
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces that the 2018 minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2018. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $175.88 to $182.29 and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,172.57 to $1215.27 per week.

Labor Code section 4453(a) (10) requires the rate for TTD be increased by an amount equal to percentage increase in the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) as compared to the prior year. The SAWW is defined as the average weekly wage paid to employees covered by unemployment insurance as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for California for the 12 months ending March 31 in the year preceding the injury. In the 12 months ending March 31, 2017, the SAWW increased from $1,164.51 to $1,206.92—an increase of 3.642 percent.

Under Labor Code section 4659(c), workers with a date of injury on or after January 1, 2003 who are receiving life pension (LP) or permanent total disability (PTD) benefits are also entitled to have their weekly LP or PTD rate adjusted based on the SAWW.

The first quarter 2016 SAWW figures may be verified at the U.S. Department of Labor website, as can the first quarter 2017 SAWW figures. Read More...

Funeral Services Scheduled for Michael Laughlin Esq.
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:10:41 - Pacific Time
The firm of Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP announced the passing of the founding partner, Michael William Laughlin. He was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on Saturday June 17.

In addition to being a pillar of the legal community, his colleagues say Mike will forever be remembered with the highest regard as a family man, friend, partner, mentor, coach and competitor to many people. He will be greatly missed every day.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 23 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Isabella’s Church (One Trinity Way, San Rafael, CA 94903), after which there will be a celebration of life to be held at Stonetree Golf Club (9 Stonetree Ln, Novato, CA 94945) from 2-6 p.m.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Timothy Murphy School in San Rafael.

Mr. Laughlin obtained his undergraduate degree in 1960 from the University of Notre Dame and was a 1963 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1965.

Julius Young provided more information on the WorkersCompZone website.

He tells us that Mike retired a few years ago, but was one of the leading California workers’ comp defense attorneys for decades. Earlier in his career he practiced in San Francisco with the firm Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold.

Around 1985 he and and a number of his partners left and formed Laughlin, Falbo, Levy and Moresi. Over the years they grew the Laughlin firm to where it now has 160 attorneys and a statewide presence.

Sedgwick, Detert and the Laughlin firm firm became sort of a farm team for leaders in the industry, as former WCAB Commissioners Gordon Taylor and Alfonso Moresi practiced with Mike. Current WCAB Commissioner Jose Razo later joined that firm before his appointment to the board.

Boxer & Gerson LLP law partner Michael Gerson summed up Mike Laughlin this way:

"He was a pleasure to work with and a true gentleman. He was a resolver and not a churner. He was compassionate and concerned with our clients."

His passing is a reminder that some of the most effective attorney advocates are not always the ones with a blustery, take-no-prisoners approach.

Researchers Say Yoga Effective for Low Back Pain
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:10:35 - Pacific Time
Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga classes as with physical therapy, according to a new medical research study. Twelve weeks of yoga lessened pain and improved function in people with low back pain as much as physical therapy sessions over the same period. "Both yoga and physical therapy are excellent non-drug approaches for low back pain," said lead author Dr. Robert Saper, of Boston Medical Center.

About 10 percent of U.S. adults experience low back pain, but not many are happy with the available treatments, Saper and colleagues write in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

According to the report in Reuters Health, the American College of Physicians advised in February that most people with low back pain should try non-drug treatments like superficial heat or massage before reaching for medications.

Physical therapy is the most common non-drug treatment for low back pain prescribed by doctors, according to Saper and colleagues. Yoga is also backed by some guidelines and studies as a treatment option, but until now no research has compared the two.

Indeed the California Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule, Chronic Pain Treatment Guideline adopted by the DWC on July 28, 2016 also recommends yoga. The published guideline on page 182 provides that yoga is recommended "as an option for motivated patients. There is considerable evidence of efficacy for mind-body therapies such as yoga in the treatment of chronic pain. Also, the impact on depression and disability could be considered as important outcomes for further study. Since outcomes from this therapy are very dependent on a motivated patient, we recommend approval where requested by a specific patient, but not adoption for use by any patient."

For the new study, the researchers recruited 320 adults with chronic low back pain. The participants were racially diverse and tended to have low incomes.

The participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group took part in a 12-week yoga program designed for people with low back pain. Another took part in a physical therapy program over the same amount of time. People in the third group received a book with comprehensive information about low back pain and follow-up information every few weeks.

It was concluded that 48 percent of yoga participants and 37 percent of physical therapy participants reached the specified goal, compared to 23 percent of people who were in the education group.

For achieving noticeable differences in pain, physical therapy was again no better or worse than yoga. After 12 weeks, people in the yoga group were 21 percentage points less likely to used pain medications than those in the education group. That difference was 22 percentage points for physical therapy versus education.

The improvements among the people in yoga and physical therapy groups lasted throughout the year, the researchers found. "If they remain the same after one year, it's a good bet that their improvement will continue on," Saper told Reuters Health. Read More...

Frances Stevens IMR Battle Continues at WCAB
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:53:50 - Pacific Time
In 2015 the Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of the IMR process in one of the most closely watched cases in California workers' compensation. The published case of Stevens v WCAB involved Frances Stevens who tripped and broke her foot as she carried boxes of magazines. She was diagnosed with chronic or complex regional pain syndrome and claims to be mostly confined to a wheelchair and was awarded total permanent disability.

For several years she had the assistance of a home health aide. In late 2012, the aide was injured. This led the PTP to submit an RFA to SCIF for a replacement aide which was submitted to UR and denied. The request was also denied after the IMR process. Stevens appealed the IMR decision, but the WCJ found there was no provision for a reversal since the labor code provides only limited circumstances upon which IMR can be reversed.

Stevens challenged constitutionality of the IMR process. In response the WCJ said "section 3.5 of article III of the Constitution withholds from administrative agencies the power to determine the constitutional validity of any statute." The WCAB denied reconsideration and agreed that it could not rule on the constitutional issue saying "In sum, for purposes of appeal to the WCAB it does not matter whether the reasons given for an IMR determination support the determination unless the appealing party proves one or more of five grounds for appeal listed by the Legislature in section 4610(h) by clear and convincing evidence. Applicant did not do that in this case.

The First District Court of appeal concluded "that her state constitutional challenges fail because the Legislature has plenary powers over the workers’ compensation system under article XIV, section 4 of the state Constitution (Section 4). And we conclude that her federal due process challenge fails because California’s scheme for evaluating workers’ treatment requests is fundamentally fair and affords workers sufficient opportunities to present evidence and be heard."

Although Stevens may have lost the battle, she may not have lost the war since she was given a second chance to prove her case on the merits. The Court of Appeal stated "we also conclude that the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (the Board) misunderstood its statutory authority in one respect when it reviewed Stevens’s appeal. The Board concluded that it was unable to review the portion of the IMR determination that found, "Medical treatment does not include . . . personal care given by home health aides . . . when this is the only care needed." Under the 2013 reforms, however, the Board is empowered to review an IMR decision to consider whether care was denied without authority because the care is authorized under the MTUS. (§ 4610.6, subd. (h)(1) & (5).) We therefore remand this matter to the Board to consider whether Stevens’s request for a home health aide was denied without authority."

And indeed the WCAB recently ruled in its Opinion and Decision After Remittitur "that the 2009 Guideline is unlawful and invalid since it fails to address the medical treatment in the form of personal home care services sought by Ms. Stevens."

For that reason it concluded "that the Independent Medical Review (IMR) determination upholding denial of the request for a home health aide was 'adopted without authority' by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation because the portion of the 2009 Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (hereinafter "MTUS") Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guideline (hereinafter "2009 Guideline") applied in this case provides that housekeeping and personal care services are not forms of medical treatment. This provision is contrary to long standing workers' compensation law, which recognizes that such types of non-medical care are forms of medical treatment that may be reasonably required to cure or relieve the effects of an industrial injury."

In arriving at this conclusion the WCAB interpreted the language of the Court of Appeal in the published decision as authorizing the WCAB to have "considerable" authority over IMR. "Thus, the Court held that the Appeals Board has considerable authority to review both factual and legal questions in its determination of whether an IMR determination was adopted without authority or based on a plainly erroneous fact not subject to expert opinions. We conclude that the 2009 Guideline is contrary to California law and the IMR determination that relied on it was therefore adopted without authority."

The Findings and Order of the WCJ that issued on May 27, 2014 was rescinded, and that this matter was returned to the trial level for further proceedings in accordance with this decision. Read More...

14 Arrested in Silicon Valley Insurance Fraud Ring
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:53:44 - Pacific Time
Department of Insurance detectives and investigators with the Silicon Valley Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force arrested 14 people and are seeking four additional suspects for allegedly running an organized auto insurance fraud ring netting conspirators approximately $150,000.

More than 75 felony charges were filed against 18 suspects, some of whom were arrested during a sweep last month, including the owner of Espinoza Body Shop in San Jose, Gerardo Ivan Espinosa Martinez, 31, and his wife, Eva Maria Espinoza, 29.

According to department detectives, the investigation revealed the crime ring allegedly staged 15 crashes and filed corresponding insurance claims receiving payouts totaling around $150,000 from six different insurance companies, including some of the largest auto insurers in the nation. Espinosa Body Shop was involved in seven of the 15 different false claims.

"Organized crime rings are not only responsible for the majority of staged collisions, they have also targeted innocent motorists and resulted in serious injuries," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Through the good work of our multi-agency task force, another dangerous organized crime ring has been put out of business."

After noting suspicious circumstances in a reported crash, an insurance company reported the claim to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), who referred the case to the Department of Insurance Silicon Valley Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force.

Investigators found evidence that suspects purchased insurance policies shortly before the alleged accident and intentionally damaged or crashed cars into other vehicles owned by co-conspirators. The owners of the vehicles contacted their insurance companies and reported the same accident details. In most cases, insurers totaled the vehicles and paying the owners the full value for their cars. Many of the vehicles were used in the scheme multiple times including an aging Pontiac used in three separate staged accidents in a single year.

This case is part of the Silicon Valley Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force, comprised of the California Department of Insurance, California Highway Patrol (C.H.P), and Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Read More...

Past Week News Archive

DWC Approves Telemedicine for Major MPN: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:48:35 - Pacific Time: Read More...

So. Cal. Dentist Charged with Insurance Fraud: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:48:28 - Pacific Time: Read More...

Doctors Need AI to Find Evidence Based Medicine: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:43:34 - Pacific Time: Read More...

East Bay Restaurant Owners Plead Guilty: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:43:28 - Pacific Time: Read More...

Attorney General Responds to SB 1160 Challenge: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:57:53 - Pacific Time: Read More...

Drugmakers Developing Non-Opioid Pain Meds: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:57:47 - Pacific Time: Read More...

Is it Medical Research or a Kickback Scheme?: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:09:56 - Pacific Time: Read More...

OMFS Physician Practitioner Services Adjusted: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:09:49 - Pacific Time: Read More...

Supreme Court Ruling Expedites New Drugs: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:12:23 - Pacific Time: Read More...

Medical Device "Cash for Clunkers" Buy Back Proposed: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:12:17 - Pacific Time: Read More...