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January 8, 2018 Edition - Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

January 8 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Kmart Pharmacies Settle Overbilling Case for $32 Million, Partners Killed in Long Beach Applicant's Firm, So. Cal. DME Suppliers Arrested in $24M Fraud, DWC Suspends 28 More Medical Providers, "Legal" Medical and Recreational Marijuana - or Maybe Not, California Fatal Industrial Injuries Slightly Lower, Cal/OSHA Fines Employer $31K for Bee Sting Fatality, New Year Drug Price Increases "Limited" to 10%, Ride-Sharing Cuts Ambulance Costs.
January 2 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Qui Tam IFPA Litigation Available for Comp Fraud, Cal Supreme Ct. Opens Drugmaker Liability Door, Court Has Broad Discretion to Award Restitution in Fraud Case, Jury Convicts Saratoga Doctors, WCIRB Reports a Relatively Good Year for Carriers, Officials Say California is "Wild West" for Recovery Centers, Another Drugmaker "Buy-and-Raise" Deal Surfaces, Opioid Overdose Deaths Migrates to the Workplace, Hospitals Outperform Outpatient Centers Spine Surgeries, TeleRehab Gains Traction in Workers' Compensation.
December 18 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Exclusive Remedy Not Applicable to Employer Assault, PhRMA Files Suit to Invalidate SB 17 Drug Law, Jury Convicts Ronald Grusd M.D., Premium Fraud Discovered After Double Death Claim, LAUSD Teacher Sentenced For Disability Fraud, Jurors Sometimes Sleep During Complex Trials, California Officials Publish Cell Phone Health Warning, Contractors Fined $147K for Safety Violations, Healthcare Analytics Market Projects 27.3% Annual Growth, Workers' Compensation is Highest Risk Sector.
December 11 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Big Pharma is Having a Big Tobacco Moment, Montana AG Sues Opiate Drugmakers, Jury Convicts So. Cal. Doctor of Drug Trafficking, NBA Player Pleads Guilty in Comp Kickback Case, DWC to Implement Final Drug Formulary, City of L.A. Carve Out Agreement Approved by DWC, Reserving for Lifetime Benefits - The Guessing Game, CVS Health Corporation to Buy Aetna Inc. for $69 Billion, Patriot National to Enter Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chubb Rolls out "ESIS Care" Solution.
December 4 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Exclusive Remedy Bars Workplace Safety Fraud Claim, Oral Argument Set in Zuniga IMR Challenge, L.A. Ambulance and Dialysis Employees Plead to $6.6M Fraud, OC Janitorial Company Accused of Under Reporting Payroll, Scripps Hospital Employees Involved in Kickback Scheme, FDA Discusses New "Accelerated Approval" Pathway, Patients Unhappy With Doctors Who Say "No!", Does the PTP Actually Review Urine Test Results?, WCMSA Requires Funds for Opiates Exceeding Guidelines, California Employers at High Risk for Employee Lawsuits.
November 27 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Subrogation Includes "All Benefits" Paid by Employer, Post Injury Accommodations Must Relate to a Disability, Francis Stevens Case Headed Back to Court of Appeal, Drugmaker Pays $625M to Resolve Federal Probe, Federal Judge Rejects Drugmaker Plea Deal, DWC Suspends Nine More Medical Providers, Comp Attorney Suspended - Union Official Sentenced, Ask a Veteran - Is a "Catastrophic Injury" Always That Disabling?, Technology Tackles Medication Compliance Problems, Is Artificial Intelligence Better than a Radiologist?
November 13 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. AIG Files Fraud Lawsuit Built on Plea Agreement Admission, Travelers Dodges Opiate Civil Litigation Coverage Bullet, Widow of Firefighter Gives Up on Death Benefits, DWC Suspends 21 More Providers, 7th Year of Sim Carlisle Hoffman M.D. Fraud Prosecution, Chatsworth Medical Suppliers Sentenced, Medicare Spends $4.1B on Opioids Yearly, FDA to Force Drugmakers to Pull Painkilers, SCS for Back Pain - Another Opioid Alternative, CBT for Chronic Pain - Another Opioid Alternative.
November 6 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. 45 States Sue 18 Drug Companies for Price Fixing, Counties and Cities to Consolidate 66 Opioid Lawsuits, Orange County Lab Owner Sentenced to 8 Years, Billionaire Drugmaker Arrested in Fentanyl Kickback Case, Suspended Provider List Grows to 52 Vendors, Updated MTUS Treatment Guideline Effective December 1, CDI Lowers Advisory Comp Rates by 17.1%, New Law Proposed for Peace Officer Vegas Shooting Victims, Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation (CRFA) Helps Knee Pain, Aetna Considers Merger with CVS Health.
October 30 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Stakeholders Challenge TD Awarded After 5 Year Limit, More Controversy Over Vegas Shooting Comp Claims, Judge Issues "Partial" Injunction Against Lien Stay Law, En Banc WCAB Moves 1200 Lien Cases to Hearing, Purdue Pharma Faces Criminal OxyContin Probe, DWC Proposes New Notices for Denied Claims, FDA Supports Substitution Over Abstinence for Opioid Addiction, New QME Study Shows Less Evaluator "Bias", Hartford to Acquire Aetna’s Life, Disability Businesses.
October 23 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Panel Allows "Interrogatory" in Comp Litigation, O.C. Deputies File Comp Claims for Vegas Shooting, DOJ Attempts Prosecution of Chinese Nationals for Illegal Fentanyl, AFLAC Employee Gets 10 Years for Fake Disability Claims, CWCI Reports on New 2018 Comp Related Law, 60 Minutes - Washington Post Investigates 2016 Opioid Friendly Law, Fallout from 60 Minutes Opiate Expose Hits Proposed Drug Czar, Brown Vetos Anti-Apportionment Law - for Third Year, State of Emergency Declared Over Hepatitis A Outbreak, Is California Competitive Enough for Amazon's New HQ?
October 16 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Khristine Erosevich M.D. Challenges Suspension Law in Federal Court, Convicted Fraudulent Claimant May be Awarded Benefits, Closing Brief Filed in Eduardo Anguizola M.D, Federal Case, Rancho Mirage Surgeon Sentenced to 20 Years for $44M Fraud, Fresno County Administrator Stole Health Care Funds, Farm Worker Identity Theft Leads to Fake Unemployment Claims, SB 17 - New Law Promotes Drug Price Transparency, DWC Suspends 3 More Providers for Fraud, DWC Adjusts OMFS Inpatient Hospital Section, Amazon.com Considers Prescription Drug Market Entry.
October 9 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Newly Joined Defendants Protected by Statute of Limitation, TD and PD Awarded For UR/IMR Denied Treatment, Hartford Faces West Coast Medicare Double Damage Test Case, Lien Claimants Tell Federal Judge DIR "Corralled" the Legislature, Glendale Physician Sentenced to 37 Months in Fraud Case, DWC Backtracks on List of Dismissed Liens, Eight More Vendors Added to DWC Suspension List, FDA Adds "Drug Prices" to Approval Policies, New Osteoarthritis Medication Reduces Bone Damage, New Cigna Opioid Strategy - Contracted Financial Dosage Metrics.
October 2 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Disgruntled QMEs Sue DWC to Renew Certifications, Final Brief Filed in Lien Stay Constitutional Challenge, Going and Coming Rule Precludes Employer Tort Liability, Feds Accuse Tenet Healthcare of $400 Million Fraud, Another Drugmaker Pleads Guilty - Pays $40M Fine, Governor Signs AB 1422 - Lien Fraud Clean Up Bill, DWC Adjusts DMEPOS Section of OMFS, FDA Orders 74 Opioid Drugmakers to Train Doctors, Sessions Identifies California as Opioid "Hot-Spot", Acupuncture, Electrotherapy Reduced Opioid Use.
September 25 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Lien Claimants Say Judge Levy was "Seriously Misleading", Take Nothing in Comp Psyche Case Binding in FEHA Claim, Orthopedic QME Fraudulent Concealment Case Dismissed, Feds Wrap up Drug Cases Against Fountain Valley Clinic, San Diego Deputy Sheriff Charged in Fraud Case, Illegally Uninsured L.A. Garment Manufacturers Cited, FDA to Enforce New Compounded Drug Law, DWC Suspends 6 More Providers, DWC Adjusts Hospital Outpatient-Ambulatory Surgical Centers OMFS, S.F. Based Zenefits "Rebrands" After Insurance License Violations.
September 18 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Another High Court to Rule on Comp Marijuana, New MSA Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor (WCRC), First State Adopts Generic Drug Price-Gouging Law, CDI Approves WCIRB Regulatory Filing, DWC Makes Adjustments to OMFS, CWCI Study Says IMR Process Tapering Off, Geographic Dimensions of California Opioid Abuse, Generic Drugmakers to Exploit "Tribal Immunity", Ridesharing Transforms Comp Medical Transportation, CopperPoint Mutual Buys Pacific Comp.
September 11 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Another State Sues Opioid Drugmakers, No Ruling Yet on Lien Stay Challenge, Former CHP Officer Pleads No Contest to Comp Fraud, DWC Adds Modifications to Drug Formulary, WCIRB Now Recommends 2% Rate Reduction for 2018, Synthetic Painkiller not Heroin is Deadliest Drug In America, New, Deadly, and Untreatable Hospital Acquired Infections, Charles Taylor Acquires Metro Risk Management.
September 5 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court of Appeal Gives Applicant Second Chance, Arizona Sues "Unethical and Greedy" Opioid Drugmaker, Irvine DNA Lab Enters Receivership Following FBI Probe, Katherine Zalewski to Chair WCAB, DWC Publishes Dismissed Lien Database, CWCI Studies Mental Health Relationship With Opiate Use, Opoid Abuse Starts With Non-Adherence to Best Practices, 80% of Physical Therapists Face Patient Sexual Harassment, 2017 Benchmark Survey Shows "Surprisingly Stable" Industry, RIMS Panel Discusses Comp "Medical" Marijuana.
August 28 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Exclusive Remedy Protects General and Special Employer, Pharmacy Settles Kickback Claims, San Diego Prosecutors Pursue Compounding Pharmacy, Chula Vista Restaurant Fined $274,000 for Wage Theft, AB-570 Anti-Apportionment Bill Alive- But Not Well, Santa Ana Pain Physician License Pulled, New Surgery Reconnects Sensory Neurons to Spinal Cord, Hospitals Going Broke.
August 21 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Mylan Pharma Finalizes $465M Settlement, South Carolina Sues Purdue Pharma - Again!, So. Cal. Employer Faces $6.3M Wage Theft Claim, DWC to Dismiss 292,000 Liens, DWC Suspends Five More Medical Providers, Film Industry Safety Problems Claim Tom Cruise, Study Measures Fire Station Air Quality Cancer Risk.
August 14 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court Limits Exclusive Remedy Protection For Co-Workers, Drobot, Sobol Face August Lien Hearings, CVS Faces "Fraudulent" Clawback Pricing Class Action, FBI Probes Orange County Addiction Center Empire, Hospital Pays $10m For Stem Cell Research Fraud, Opioid Abuse Just Declared A "National Emergency", DWC Proposes ACOEM Modifications to MTUS, DEA Proposes 20% Reduction in Opiate Manufacturing, WCIRB Proposes 0.5% Rate Increase For Next Year, WC Sector Improved "Significantly" Since 2011.
August 7 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. SIBTF Benefits Begin When TD Ends, Exclusive Remedy Ends Suit Against NFL Teams, California Recovers $4.7M in Drugmaker Fraud Case, 12 Arrested as 7 Sham LA Medical Clinics Closed, VA Clamps Down on Veteran Disability Fraud, Dana Point Internist Surrenders License, DOJ Unveils New "Opioid Fraud And Abuse" Unit, CWCI Says Formulary "Major Step" Forward, Updated CMS Guide Expands Rights to MSA "Appeals", Industry Predicts Much Lower Generic Drug Prices.
July 31 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Dismissal of Applicant Attorney Malpractice Claim Affirmed, USC Medical School Dean Parties with Prostitutes and Drugs, First Frontline Defendant Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case, Retailer to Pay $7.6 M Restitution - or Serve 17 Years, Broker Faces 16 Years for MSA Embezzlement, Former Police Officer to Serve 6 Months for Comp Fraud, Cal/OSHA and Chevron Settle Safety Citation Appeal, City of Santa Monica Struggles With Comp Costs, Comp Compounds, Opioids Decrease - Generics Increase, Generic Drugmakers Brace for "Flood" of New Drugs.
July 24 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. CIGA Covers Defunct Excess Carrier Claim, Tom Cruise Film Litigation Raises Industry Safety Questions, Superseding Indictment Filed Against Ronald Grusd M.D., So. Cal. School Aid Sentenced in Fraud Case, Fraud Defense Firms Expect Nationwide Growth, Automation Pursues Highly Paid Doctor's Jobs, Drugmakers Profit by Premature Drug Expiration Dates, DWC Modifies Proposed Drug Formulary Regs, DWC Reports 441,578 Liens to be Dismissed, DWC Publishes New Annual IMR Report.
July 17 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Judge Calls for Additional Briefing in SB1160 Challenge, WCAB Reversed on Deputy Sheriff AOE-COE Finding, IMR Opinion Valid Despite Time Limit Violations, CVS Pays $5M to Resolve DEA Opioid Probe, Walmart Resolves Pharmacy Billing Claims for $1.65M, 412 Arrested in $1.3 Billion Fraud Takedown, Californians Named in Largest Fraud Takedown, Los Altos Acupuncturist Faces 6 Year Sentence, Santa Barbara Orthopedist "Under Investigation", Spinal Fusion has "Significantly Negative Impact" on RTW.
July 10 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court Affirms Terms of Liberty Mutual "Guaranteed Cost" Policy, LA Hospital Pays $42 Million in Kickback Case, Targeting Transnational Organized Medical Fraud, DWC Updates DMEPOS Fee Schedule, WCIRB Launches 2018 Experience Modification Estimator, Drugmaker Withdraws Long-Acting Opiod Painkiller, Drug Makers Trying AI to Speed Drug Discovery, Orthopedic Surgical Robots Battle for Market Share.
July 3 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court Rejects Overtime Class Action Against TPA, Healthcare Security Breach Settles for $115 Million, Comp Attorney and Kickback Conspirator Face Sentencing, O.C. Contractor to Serve Year in Jail for Fraud, RAND Reports on Workers' Comp Fraud, Lien Claimants Face Friday Deadline, Ethics Committee Finds 6 Cases of WCJ Misconduct, California Universal Health Care Bill Tabled - For Now, Opioid Prescribing Drops - Illegal Drugs Increase.
June 26 Edition Troy Slaten, Esq. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. No Apportionment Allowed for Failed Surgery, Going and Coming Rule Clarified, Frances Stevens IMR Battle Continues at WCAB, So What's So Unconstitutional About Comp?, 1 Doctor Prescribed 4 Million Opiods in 5 Years, Providence Scheduling Fined $100,000 in Kickback Case, 14 Arrested in Silicon Valley Insurance Fraud Ring, TD and PD Rates Set to Increase in January, Researchers Say Yoga Effective for Low Back Pain, Funeral Services Scheduled for Michael Laughlin Esq.
June 19 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Ruling Expedites New Drugs, Attorney General Responds to SB 1160 Challenge, East Bay Restaurant Owners Plead Guilty, So. Cal. Dentist Charged with Insurance Fraud, Is it Medical Research or a Kickback Scheme?, DWC Approves Telemedicine for Major MPN, OMFS Physician Practitioner Services Adjusted, Medical Device "Cash for Clunkers" Buy Back Proposed, Drugmakers Developing Non-Opioid Pain Meds, Doctors Need AI to Find Evidence Based Medicine.
June 12 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Gravlin Petition for Review Dismissed, Berkshire Hathaway Resolves Case With CDI, Ten Work Comp Attorneys Face Fraud Charges, "Recovery" Center Owner and Capper Arrested, DWC Suspends Pasadena Psychiatrist, California Reaches "Turning Point" in Fraud Fighting, Health Care Fraud Remains DOJ Priority, Data Analysis Uncovers More Fake Medical Studies, Opioid Alternatives - Backing Ourselves Into a Corner.
June 5 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Teva Settles Santa Clara/Orange County Opioid Suit, Ohio Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Drugmakers, Feds Double Down on Price Gouging Drugmaker, Two Lies are Separate Perjury Counts, Janitorial Owner Faces $32M Fraud Case, Data Analytics Identifies Fraud Targets in Seconds, Opioid Abuse Cost California $4.2 Billion Annually, Berkshire Hathaway biBERK Grows Online Comp Sales.