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May 22, 2017 Edition - Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

May 22 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Another County Sues Drugmakers for Opiod Epidemic, Feds Sue UnitedHealth Twice in One Month, Indictment Claims Turlock Physician Defrauded Blue Cross, DWC Suspends Two More Vendors, California Proposes a "Pigouvian" Tax on Opioids, CWCI Reports 99% Compliance With ICD-10, Mona Garifias Appointed to CHSWC, California Comp is "Healthy and Stable", Express Scripts Expands with Aquisition of myMatrixx, Liberty Mutual Ends Work Injury Research Center.
May 15 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Carrier has Right to "Retroactively" Rescind Policy, Johnson & Johnson Under Federal Probe - Again!, Aspen Medical Defendants Convicted in Orange County, Sleep Therapy Supplier Pays $11.4 Million in Fraud Case, Lancaster Clinic Pays $3 Million in Fraud Case, Drs. Sobol, Heric and Two Other Providers Suspended, One-Third of New FDA Approved Drugs Unsafe, New JAMA Study Confounds Life Expectancy Estimates.
May 8 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court of Appeal Rejects Interpreter's SB 1160 Challenge, Appellate Ruling Blocks Anthem - Cigna Merger, Walgreens Resolves Whistleblower Claim for $10 Mil, Quest Diagnostics Resolves Kickback Case for $6 Mil, San Francisco Comp Clinic Owner Charged, Aliso Viego Lab Owner Found Guilty in Fraud Case, Salinas Packers Plead Guilty in Fraud Case, Uninsured Rialto Contractor Arraigned, DWC Reports Final Steps for Drug Formulary, Researchers Study Hospital Limits on Drug "Detailing".
May 1 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. 3rd DCA Reinstates Apportionment Based on Genetics, Drugmakers take Biosimilar Case to Supreme Ct., Uber Engineer Suicide to Test Psyche Claim Law, Physical Therapists File Suit Against One Call, Prime Healthcare Fraud Trial Set for Feb 2018, Encino Dermatologist Settles Fraud Claim for $2.7 Mil, California Heads to Single Payer Health Care - Again, Everest Elected to WCIRB Governing Committee, Employer WC Lobbyists Head to DC, Press "Print" for New Knee Meniscus.
April 24 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. 2nd DCA Affirms Dismissal of Adjusters TPA Suit, Applicants Must Show "Competency" to Mange MSA, 26 Charged in $40 Million Comp Fraud Scheme, Operation "Psyched Out" Nabs More LA Pharmacists, Uninsured Cal Fire Contractor Faces Felonies, 3 New Provider Suspensions on DWC List, SCIF 2016 Premiums Decline, Lawmakers Considering DWC Fraud Unit, WCIRB Says Combined Ratio Drops to 96%, Is "Text Neck" a Cell Phone CT Epidemic?
April 17 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Is There Subrogation Potential in Kimberly-Clark Class Action?, San Rafael Pharmacy Resolves DEA Dispute, Lawyers Troll Carriers for MSP Recoveries - Who's Next?, Reseda Clinic Owner to Serve 51 Month Sentence, DWC Spikes the Ball After WCIRB Announcement, Cigna Reduces Opioid Use 12%, National Academy Reports on Fake Medical Research, Orthopedists Review 30 Years of Advances.
April 10 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Liability Policy has "No Potential" Comp Coverage, Major Carrier Faces $1 Billion Medicare Fraud Claim, CastlePoint Enters Final Liquidation Stage, O.C. Doctor Sentenced After Faking Own Death, FBI Operation Backlash Claims Another Plea Deal, OIG Publishes Healthcare Fraud Guidelines, WCIRB Committee Votes to Lower Comp Rates, Drug Makers Roll Back Prices After White House Pressure, DEA Wages Six Year War With Opioid Drugmaker, Antibiotics as Treatment for Psyche Claim?
April 3 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Second Applicant UR/IMR Constitutional Challenge Fails, L.C. 5500.5 Does Not Set Statute of Limitations, DCA Interprets Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Presumption, WCAB Rejects SB 863 Limits on Psychiatric PD, L.A. Jury Awards $650K to Terminated Injured Worker, Employer and WC Consulting Firm Face 52 Felonies, San Jose Landscaper Arrested for Premium Fraud, Cal/OSHA $80K Citation Against Staffing Firm Upheld, EU to Ban 300 "Unreliable" Generic Drugs, Employers Say Psychosocial Issues Limit Claim Outcomes.
March 27 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Anthem Accuses Express Scripts of Price Gouging, LA Rite Aid Pharmacies Settle Fed Drug Charges, Can Employers Subrogate Against Opioid Drugmakers?, Prosecutors Struggle with Uwaydah Fraud Case, Convicted Employer Faces Premium Fraud Claims Again!, As IMR Volume Grows - 90% of UR Upheld, DWC Extends Deadline for RTW Supplement Program, "Medical" Marijuana Annual Market to be $50 Billion, CWCI Studies Spine Fusions, Chubb Comp Coverage - There's an App for That!
March 20 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. WCAB Asks Court for Second Chance, Is Monsanto Mass Litigation a Subro Opportunity?, Munir Uwaydah M.D. Fraud Case(s) Get Nasty(ier), Janitorial Owners Guilty of Massive Premium Fraud, Apparel CEOs Guilty in $3.8 Million Fraud Case, Hearing on MTUS Drug Formulary Set for May 1, 9 Northern Counties Scored by CWCI Report, Study Says PT as Effective as Surgery for CTS, New Jersey Crackdown on Pain Doctors, Hiscox Enters California WC Insurance Market.
March 13 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Limits Interest on Late Disability, Rehab Clinic Director to Serve Ten Year Sentence, O.C. Worker Arrested for Lying About Injury, Sting Catches Uninsured/Unlicensed Contractors, Salinas Restaurant Owner Guilty of Premium Fraud, Should 635 Physicians on Probation Tell Their Patients?, CWCI Appoints New Claims and Medical Director, AMA Honors California Insurance Commissioner, Faked Medical Research "Tip of the Iceberg", AssuredPartners to Purchase Keenan & Associates.
March 6 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. WCAB Orders Electronic Out-of-State Testimony, DOJ Healthcare Fraud Lawyer Arrested by FBI, EFTF Meeting - Identity Theft Growing Problem, DWC Reports on Terror Attack Treatment Delays, Congressmen Address Concerns at WCRI Conference, New SB 1160 Rules Take Effect on March 26, DWC Requests Comments on MTUS Amendments, Do Surgeons Bill for Multiple Surgeries at Same Time?, Doctors Misdiagnose Spine For Hip Pain, Harris Poll: Patients "Clueless" About Antibiotic Abuse.
February 27 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Convicted Chiropractor Attacks New Law, Sleep Clinic Whistleblower Gets Half Million, Former Deputy Sheriff Guilty in "CrossFit" Fraud Case, Oakland Comp Attorney Pleads Guilty, HHS Fraud Prevention Focus May Change, Are CT Claims This Years Battleground?, OSIP Releases New Self Insured Forms, Study Says Ultrasound No Help for Fractures, FDA Rejects New Naloxone Intranasal Injector, Drug Monitoring Databases Cut Doctor Shopping 80%.
February 20 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. North Hollywood Cab Driver was Employee, CDI Disallows Advertising Costs for Rate Calculation, DWC Suspends Collections for Seven Lien Providers, 15 Arrested in Unlicensed Contractor Sting, Officials Note Increase in Pharmacy Burglaries, Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Fined for CSA Violations, CWCI Reviews Central Coast Claims, Employers Must Post Annual Injury and Illness Summaries, New Back Pain Guidelines Shun Medications.
February 13 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Judge Blocks Anthem - Cigna Merger, TeamHealth Settles Fraud Claim for $60 Million, Sacramento Chiropractor Arraigned in Fraud Case, WC Claims - What to Expect in 2017, AB 2883 Fallout - Premiums Double for Many Small Businesses, Study Says Drugmakers Influence Treatment Guidelines, Opioid Drugmaker Lobbying Ramps Up, Senators Probe Overdose Antidote 550% Price Surge, PBM Drug Prices Increased 11% in 2016, Spine care in 2017 - Spine Surgeons Make Predictions.
February 6 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. State Bar Suspends Defense Attorney Over PQME Dispute, Yates Memo Takes Down Another Executive, Campus Monitor Gets 30 Days in Fraud Case, 2016 Claim Audit Penalties Were Nearly $1.5 Million, DWC Sets QME Examination Next April, DWC Posts DMEPOS Fee Adjustments, FDA Expedites Drug Approvals - Hey, Not So Fast!, POTUS Meets with Drug Company CEOs, Researchers Say Health Records Have Poor Histories, Fibromyalgia in Men: Symptoms and Treatment.
January 30 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Affirms Broad CDI Rulemaking Authority, No Consent Needed to Send "Advocacy Letter" to AME, Judge Blocks Aetna - Humana Merger, FDA Stonewalls Congressional Criminal Investigation, DWC Adjusts Services Section of OMFS, Christine Baker Responds to NBC Bay Area Criticism, Angie Wei Reappointed as CHSWC Commissioner, Study Supports Possible Apportionment to "Frailty", Big PhRMA Launches Propaganda Campaign, Canada Takes Action Against Deadly Painkillers.
January 23 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Drug Distributor Pays $150 Million Controlled Substance Act Penalty, DIR Orders Stay on $1 Billion Worth of Liens, Santa Barbara Targets Fraud With PSA, WCJ Deborah Whitcomb Appointed to Ethics Committee, PEOTUS Takes Aim at Big PhRM, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Once Again in Price Gouging Spotlight, Malpractice Laws Provide Little in Patient Benefits
January 17 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. CIGA Defeats CMS "Excessive Demands" - So Far, New Jersey Comp Jumps off Medical Marijuana Cliff, L.A. Must Borrow Millions to Pay Unprecedented Claims, Details Emerge on Prescription Drug Black Market Supply Chain, Former Ventura Neurosurgeon to Serve 20 Years, Feds Wrap Up Fraud Case Against So. Cal Rehab Clinics, CDI Says "Foreign Government" Hacked Insurance Company, San Bernardino Comp Task Force to Review Terror Attack Aftermath, Cal/OSHA Responds to Tree-Trimming Fatalities, Researchers Draw 100 Conclusions About Marijuana.
January 9 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Feds 2016 Fraud Recoveries Hit $4.7 Billion, Feds in Hot Pursuit of Compounders, California Loss Adjustment Costs Highest in Nation, DWC and WCAB Amend, Add Forms for Lien Filings, New Benefit Rates for 2017, Santa Monica Seeks 53% Increase in Comp Funding, AI to Replace Claim Department Workers
January 3 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Purdue Pharma Accused of PBM "Quid Pro Quo" Payments, New NFL Federal Concussion Case Abruptly Withdrawn, DEA Targets Pharmacies for "Suspicious" Opiod Orders, Allstate Targets Fake LA Law Offices, Podiatrist Faces 10 Years in Kickback Case, Is Federal Comp a Lucrative "Luxury" Medical Fraud Target?, Drugmakers Use Flawed (or Fraudulent?) Generic Drug Trials, CWCI Finds So. Cal Leads State in CT Claims, FDA Approves First Artificially Regenerated Knee Cartilage,Are There Compensable Consequences from NSAID Use?
December 19 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. 20 States Sue 6 Drugmakers For Price Fixing, Supreme Court Clears Way for $1 Billion NFL Settlement, California Settles With Bristol-Myers Squibb, WCAB Panel Affirms "Untimely" IMR Decision, San Diego Capper Admits $5 Million Kickback Scheme, Quest Diagnostics Database Hacked, DWC to File Provider Suspension Procedure Regulations, DWC Adjusts DMEPOS Fee Schedule, DWC Reduces Mileage Reimbursement Rate, Drug Pricing Inflation "Restrained" in 2017.
December 12 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Did Pandora's Box Just Open For Secondary Injuries to Families?, Hip Maker Hit With $1 Billion Jury Verdict, Exclusive Remedy Not Applicable to "Training" Robbery, Fresno Sleep Center Loses Whistleblower Retaliation Suit, Congress Overwhelmingly Passes New FDA Overhaul, Study Confirms SB 863 Medical Cost Savings, WCAB Proposes New Lien Claim Rules, U.S. Life Expectancy Declines for First Time in 23 Years, How to Hold a PTP Accountable for a Result, Memorial Services Set for Applicant Attorney David Ashton.
December 5 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Judge Blocks DOL December 1 New Overtime Rule, QME/AME John Warbritton M.D. Under Federal Indictment, S.F. Based Zenefits to Pay $7 Million for Insurance License Violations, AFLAC Employee Convicted for $4 Million Disability Fraud, DOJ Launches Corporate Health Care Fraud Unit, Will Throwing Rogue Doctors Under the Bus Work?, DWC Posts Adjustments to Inpatient Hospital OMFS, DWC Appoints James R. Libien to EAC, Medical Marijuana - Without Any Marijuana!, Researchers Use fMRI to Diagnose Fibromyalgia
November 28 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Refusal to Strike AME Report "Without Prejudice" Not Appealable, Courts Have Broad Discretion to Order Restitution in Fraud Case, Physician Fakes Death to Avoid Fraud Charges, $176 Million Drug Treatment Fraud "First Wave" of Arrests, DME Particularly Susceptible to Physician Kickbacks, Post AB 1309 NFL Players Now Filing Comp Claims in Florida, Cal/OSHA Issues $130K Penalty for Rooftop Fall, DIR Report Shows Markedly Lower Rates of Injuries, Costs Vary "Wildly" From Pharmacy to Pharmacy, Carriers Report on Successful Opioid Reduction Programs
November 14 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. More Employers Sue Berkshire Hathaway Company. Constitutional Challenge to Comp System Dies in US Top Court. WCAB Has Jurisdiction Over UR Penalties and Sanctions. PA High Court to Rule on AMA Guides "Constitutionality". Device Maker Pays $36 Million in Misbranding Case. DOJ Expects Drugmaker Indictments by Year End. OIG Report Shows Home Health Care Industry "Ripe" With Fraud. CWCI Reports on Implications of New Marijuana Law. Santa Fe Springs Explosion Leads to Cal/OSHA Citation. Opioids Provide Only "Limited Relief" for Back Pain.
November 7 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. State Farm Faces $7 Billion RICO Class Action. National Pharmacy Chain Pays $2.24 Million in Fraud Case. Chatsworth DME Operatives Guilty of $38 Million Fraud. CMS Walks Back Zero Allocation Approval New Requirement. Central Valley Injury Outcomes Better than State Average. DWC Announces Registration for Educational Conference. Opioid Medication Poisoning of Children and Teens "Surge". Nose Cells Used in Knee Cartilage Transplant. Blood Test Detects Early State Osteoarthritis. National Comp Pharmacy Costs Continue to Decrease.
October 31 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Skilled Nursing Company Pays Back $145 Million in False Claims. DA Will Not Forgive Liberty Mutual's Forgiveness Program. Court Affirms $180K Administrative Penalty for Uninsured Employer. Going and Coming Rule is More Restrictive in Tort Cases. Former Senator Calderon Gets 42 Months in Prison. LA Occupational Therapist Guilty in $2.6 Million Fraud Case. Risk Manager Goes to Prison for Work Comp Embezzlement. "CrossFit" Orange County Sheriff Arrested on Fraud Charges. LA is Most Costly Region in the Most Costly State. More on How Hospitals Make You Sick.
October 24 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Injured Sheriff Prevails in Medical Records Privacy Case. New Law Effects Comp Policy Coverage in January. CDI Orders Carrier to "Cease and Desist" Operations. Medicare Moves to Pay for Performance Model. CDI Approves Changes to WCIRB First Aid Reporting. DWC Launches MTUS Training for Physicians. Obamacare Now in "Death Spiral".
October 17 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Class Action Allowed for High Cost of Medical Record Copies. Predictive Analytics May Compromise Personal Privacy. Owner of L.A. DME Company Sentenced to Five Years. Former Prosecutor Profiles the Criminal Physician. CDI Awards $34.9 Million to Fight Workers’ Compensation Fraud. Study Says Comp Costs Increase as Benefits Decline. Oregon Study Ranks California as Most Costly Comp in Nation. Study Reviews Heart Attack AOE-COE Triggers. How Hospitals Make You Sick.
October 10 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Another Major Hospital Chain Resolves Fraud Charges for $.5 Billion. Labor Contractor Gets 9 Months Sentence in Payroll Fraud Case. Governor Vetoes Bill Exempting Comp Policy Oversight. New Law Clarifies RFA Filing Requirements. Governor Brown Vetoes Proposed Extension of Police/Firefighter Benefits. Governor Vetos CAAA Sponsored Limits on Apportionment. Governor Approves Major Changes to UR Process. Feds May Consider State Workers' Compensation Oversight. So How Many Doctors Are Getting Kickbacks Anyway?
October 3 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Hospital Chain With California Facilities Settles Fraud Claims. Billing Companies New Target in Medical Fraud Cases. Santa Barbara Cop Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case. Pharmacist and Clinic Owner Convicted for Fake Prescriptions. New Law Limits Employment Litigation - Law and Forum. Physician Review of CURES Database Becomes Mandatory. Governor Brown Vetoes SCIF Executive Hiring Law. WCJ Speaks Out on Independent Contractor Rules. California Health Care Workers' Claim Severity Treble National Average. DWC Announces IBR Determination Search Tool.
September 26 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. California Sues Drugmakers for Billion Dollar Price Manipulation. So. Cal. Pain Medicine QME Arrested in Fraud Case. Final L.A. Health Care Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Defendant Sentenced. L.A. Jury Convicts Physician for Illegal Drug Prescriptions. Applicant Attorney Faces State Bar Suspension. Congressional Committee Blasts Drugmaker CEO. FDA Agents Claim Mismanagement Supports High Drug Prices. United Nations Acts to Combat Antibiotic Overuse. Hospitals Continue Overuse of Antibiotics. Big Pharma Growth Slows in Foreign Markets.
September 19 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Workers' Comp "Opt-Out" Movement Faces Legal Setback. Berkshire Faces New Charges by Another Insured Employer. Trucking Company Settles Litigation Over Comp Coverage. Former Assemblyman Thomas Calderon Sentenced in Bribery Case. Hearing Set on Proposed RTW Supplement Program Rules. DWC Posts Amendments to Home Health Fee Schedule. Another Generic Drugmaker Targeted by DOJ Investigation. WCIRB Study Shows Decline in Drug Spending. Claimant Illegal Drug Use - What Are the Odds? Workers’ Compensation Enters "Soft Market Phase."
September 12 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Allstate Wins Second L.A. Fraud Civil Judgment. Uber Wins Next Round in Classification Battle. California Claimants Lose RICO Case Against TPAs. Berkshire Hathaway Stipulates to EquityComp Cease and Desist Order. New Indictment Involves Executive Director of Surgical Center. FDA Sets Long Awaited Hearing on Off Label Medication Use. WCIRB Thinks Proposed Law Means Lower Comp Rates. DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS.
September 6 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. El Cajon Pain Physician Arrested for Illegal Prescribing. Two LA Doctors Arrested for Drug Crimes With Crips Street Gang. OC Claimant to Serve Six Months for Double Dipping. Injured Worker's Continued Threats to Others Leads to Fourth Conviction. Study Shows "Better-Insured" Patients are "Over Treated." CWCI Study Quantifies Savings with Proposed Drug Formulary. DWC Posts Draft Drug Formulary Regulations for Public Comment. WCRI Says Surgical Payments Vary Significantly Across States Health Net Fined for Attempting to Limit Whistleblowers.
August 29 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. California Health Carriers Sued for Defrauding Medicare. Indemnification Clause Obligates Employer to Pay Injured Employee Tort Claims. Indicted or Convicted Criminals Filed $600 Million in Liens. CDI Ignores Photograph and Arrests Wrong Elderly Fraud Suspect. Pasadena Physician Sentenced to Four Years in Fraud Case. Indian Tribe PEO Organizer Gets Prison Sentence. Drug Maker's Free Meals Change Physician Prescribing Patterns. Researchers Say Drug Prices Are Based on "What the Market Will Bear." CWCI Publishes Regional Scorecard Series. Cell Captives Becoming Popular Self-Insurance Tool.
August 22 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. WCAB Permits Settlement of SJDB With "Thomas" Finding. 9th Circuit Says DOJ Cannot Prosecute Marijuana Violators. DCA Says WCAB Has Jurisdiction Over CHP 4800.5 Benefits. Yates Memo Leads to Corporate Healthcare Executive Convictions. DWC Publishes Updated MTUS With Opioid Guidelines. Yet Another Study Questions Value of Meniscus Surgery. New Study Supports Apportionment in Degenerative Joint Disease Claims. Aetna Announces Exit Plans for 70 Percent of ObamaCare Market.
August 15 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Employer's Failure to Provide DWC-1 Prevents Carriers' Laches Defense. Excess Carrier May Sue Primary Carrier for Failure to Settle Within Policy Limit. Sex Offender-Former Physician Caught Working at Valley Clinic. WCIRB Files Fourth Consecutive Premium Rate Decrease. CastlePoint Conservation and Liquidation Plan Hearing Set for September Researchers Partially Reverse Paralysis. Three Popular Orthopedic Surgeries are Actually "Useless." Global Pressure Urges Drug Pricing Based on Outcomes. Wearable Technology May Be Employee Health "Game Changer." 9,000 Companies Left California in Last Seven Years.
August 8 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Costs of Sub-Rosa Leading to Fraud Conviction Was "Wasteful" and "Unnecessary". Uber Tells Federal Judge - "Take it or Leave it". Irvine Medical Device Company Settles Claim After Executives Convicted. Parents of Deceased Police Officer Seek Damages For Claim Denial. Final Chapter on Ex-Senator Leland Yee Corruption Case. Court of Appeal Sustains Broker's Embezzlement Conviction. Another Health Care Organization Hacked! L.A. Basin Claim Frequency 30% Higher Than State Average. DIR Implements Mandatory Payroll Submission Requirements. Only 7 of Original 23 ObamaCare Co-Ops Remain Functional.
August 1 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. New Law Says Goodbye to ACOEM Guidelines. Feds Pass Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. DWC Schedules QME Examination for October 29. CMS Provider "Integrity Efforts" Reduces "Pay-and-Chase" Losses. Marin Physician Gets Three Years in Prison for Illegal Opioids. Red Bluff City Councilman Faces Comp Fraud Charges. Researchers Report Long Term Effects of Head Trauma. FDA Approves Ablating Procedure for Back Pain. Half of Major Surgery Now Done With Robotic Techniques. Combining Medications Improve Fibromyalgia Outcomes,
July 25 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Feds Say "No" to Major Healthcare Mergers. WCAB Rules of Practice and Procedure Do Not Apply to UR Process. 53 Big Name Wrestlers File Concussion Class Action. Applicant Attorney Admits He Was "Greedy and Stupid." Bristol-Myers Squibb Settles Kickback Case for $30 Million. Owners of San Jose Chiro Spa Sentenced for Billing Fraud. Santa Barbara Contractor Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case. HHS Proposes New Roadmap for Interoperability of Medical Records. Study Claims Fewer Painkillers Prescribed in 17 Medical Marijuana States.
July 18 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Exclusive Remedy Protects Employer in Chair Injury Case. Appeals Court Delivers Another ObamaCare Law Blow. Filmmaker Sentenced for Manslaughter - Then Awarded Psyche Benefits? Buena Park Doctors' License Revoked - Three Years After Fraud Conviction! Insurance Agent Faces Embezzlement Charges. Purdue Pharma Silent as Oxycontin Rings Explode in LA. DWC Reports on SB 863 Progress. WCIRB Summarizes Past and Future Initiatives. WC Insurance Industry Returns to "Unsustainable" Profitability. Declining Major Disease Rates May Complicate Reserving Estimates.
July 11 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Claimants File Class Action Challenging AMA Guides Ratings. SCIF Ordered to Pay $4.4M Fees After Losing "Operation Chicken" RICO Case. Santa Barbara Cop/Strongman Contestant Faces Fraud Charges. Monterey DA Prosecutes Biggest Fraud Case Yet. Law Proposes to Ban Rogue Doctors. DWC Issues Drug Formulary Interim Status Report. Researchers Say FMRI Software Has Produced "False Positives" for 15 Years. Study Says 570 Clinics Offer "Unapproved" Stem Cell Procedures.
July 5 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Federal Judge Disqualifies SCIF Attorneys in Drobot RICO Case. Obamacare Insurers Forced to File Litigation for "Risk-Corridor" Funds. Feds Lose First "Yates Memo" Criminal Trial Against Drugmaker President. Unlicensed Insurance Broker Arrested for Selling Fake Policies. Berkshire Hathaway Comp Insurers Face Cease and Desist Order. DWC Posts Adjustments to OMFS/DMEPOS Fees. California Voters to Decide on "Recreational" Use of Marijuana. WCIRB Submits January 1, 2017 Regulatory Filing. Employers Fear Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger. 3D Printer Used to Create Replacement Joint Cartilage.