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July 16, 2018 Edition - Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

WorkCompAcademy Weekly News is your source for the latest information on Workers' Compensation.

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July 16 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. No Medical Marijuana for Maine Injured Workers, Former NBA Player to Serve 5 Years for Fraud Scheme, So. Cal. Man to Serve 26 Years for Counterfeit Opioids, Santa Maria Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty, DWC Announces New Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Cal/OSHA Fines Company $205K for Forklift Fatality, First 3D Color X-ray Dramatically Improves Diagnostics, Drug Makers Slammed for Recent Price Hikes, FDA Okays Late-Stage Trials of Non Opioid Pain Drug, Five Carriers Form Blockchain Alliance for Claims.
July 9 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Daniel Capen M.D. - and Dozens More - Indicted, Southland Psychiatrist Arrested, So. Cal. Pharmacy Settles DEA Charges, $647K in Penalties for Farm Labor Wage Theft, Drugmakers Battle PBMs Over Copay Manipulation, Jones Targets Comp Carrier Profits and Tax "Savings", Gov Brown Appoints Non-Attorney to WCAB, AI Defeats Physician In Diagnostic Competition.
July 2 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. No Jurisdiction Over NFL Player's Injuries - Affirmed, Illicit Opioid Sales Skyrocket on "Dark Net", Uninsured Contractor Pleads Guilty, WCIRB Says 2017 Combined Loss Ratio Drops to 91%, WCIRB Considering Use of Blockchain Technology, Janitorial Companies Face July 1 PSWPA Registration Deadline, 2019 TTD Rates to Increase Nearly 3%, Robotic Doctor Passes Medical License Exam, Silicon Valley High Burn Out Rate Health Risks, FDA Approves First Cannabis Based Drug.
June 25 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. CIGA Prevails in Dispute over Lumbermens Liquidation, Ronald Grusd M.D. to Serve 10 Years in Prison, Three More Pacific Hospital Indictments, Fraud Ring Insurance Adjuster to Serve 10 Years, CWCI Finds Public Self-Insured Losses Improving, IMR Results Continue at 91% Uphold Rate, DWC Sets MTUS Update Hearing, CalChamber Releases 2018 Job Killer List, Purdue Pharma Ends OxyContin Sales Force, Benzodiazepines and Opioids - a Deadly Combination.
June 18 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Properly Worded C&R Also Releases FEHA Claims, C&R Addendum Did Not Release Civil Liability, Exclusive Remedy Exception Requires Extreme & Outrageous Conduct, States Now Sue Walgreens for Opiod Crisis, MSP Class Action Firm Sanctioned in State Farm Case, Lodi Orthopedic Surgeon to Face Fraud Changes, San Diego Psychologist Charged With $2.2M Fraud, Man Sentenced for Farm Labor $500K EDD Fraud, EU Joins International Effort Restraining Antibiotic Use, Corporate America Frustrated with Rising Health Costs.
June 11 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Couple Checking on Neighbor Was "Active Law Enforcement", New SCOTUS Ruling ends NY Uber Workers' Comp Class Action, SCOTUS Declines to Solve $1B Liberty Mutual Problem, Bay Area Doctor and Interpreter Face Fraud Charges, Oxnard Janitorial Owner to Serve 1 Year for Fraud, Riverside QME Faces Fraud Charges, Bakersfield Chiro Pleads Guilty to Comp Fraud, Employees of Two Riverside Companies Arrested, DWC Suspends 18 More Medical Providers, SCIF Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by 60%.
June 4 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Known Undocumented Workers Prevail on Wage and Hour Claim, Pfizer to Pay $23.8M to Resolve Kickback Claim, Anthem SIU Investigator Charged in $20M Fraud Scheme, Bay Area Pain Doctors Pay $260K to Resolve DEA Charges, RAND Reports on Return-To-Work Fund, URAC Accredits TRISTAR® for Utilization Management, CDI Criticizes Carriers for Excessive Comp Premiums, Federal Right to Try Drug Law Passed.
May 29 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Sides With Employers on Arbitration Agreements, Cal Supreme Court Sets Hearing in CompPartners Case, No Homeowner Liability for Construction Workers' Death, Fraud Rings Infect Rural Hospitals, Riverside Chiropractor Arrested, Landscaper Pleads Guilty to Double Dipping, Appellate Court Affirms Correctional Officer Fraud Conviction, State Bar Adopts 69 New Rules of Professional Conduct, More Names Placed on DWC Suspension List, Reserving for a Lifetime Award - a Moving Target.
May 21 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. California and DOJ Join LA Whilstleblower Case Against Insys, President of Fresno Health Care Plan Pleads Guilty, Silicon Valley Orthopedist Sent to Prison, Fraud Claim May Close Sonoma West Medical Center, Three Running for California Insurance Commissioner, HHS "American Patients First" Plans to Lower Drug Prices, California Bill To Ban Patient Brokering and Reduce Fraud, FDA Approves First Non-Opioid - for Opioid Withdrawal, Managing Post-Operative Pain Without Opioids, Worldwide Facilities adds Workers' Compensation Products.
May 14 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. California Settles with Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $1.875M, 30 California Counties Join Opiate Litigation, U.S. Attorneys Sue California Stem Cell Treatment Center, Security Company Owner Arrested for $3.2M Fraud, Michael E. Barri D.C. Sentenced to One Year in Prison, Feds Provide Example of Fleshing Out Kickbacks, DWC to Amend Med-Legal Fee Schedule, Walmart and Sam's Club Impose Opioid Prescription Fill Limits, Former Zenefits CEO Surrenders Insurance License, Commercial Lines Premiums Increase - Except for Comp.
May 7 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Uses "ABC" Test for Employment Finding, Judge Rejects Lien Claimants' Motion for DIR Contempt, Civil Qui Tam Action Affirmed for Fraudulent C&R, Sealed DEA Database Helps Opioid Litigants, Arrested for Collecting TD on 2 Claims While Working on 3 Jobs, 5 Indicted in Navy Insurance Fraud Scheme, Imperial County Woman Sentenced for Insurance Fraud, DWC Adjusts Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Section of OMFS, Scientists Ponder Cell Phone CT Brain Tumor Claims, AI Expected to be Center of Health Care Strategies.
April 30 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Modesto Physician Arrested in Opioid Case, Physician to Serve 5 Years for Illegal Prescribing, Another LAPD Officer Arrested for Comp Fraud, Comp Lawyer to Serve 10 Years for $26M Fraud, Hacker Attack Group Targets Healthcare Sector, Hospitals Forced to Post Standard Prices, DIR Publishes Documentation on Flagged Lien Claims, NCCI Publishes Study on Opiate Crisis in Comp, Express Scripts Says Drug Pricing Model is "Broken", Drug Makers Accused of Price Gouging - Again.
April 23 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court Dismisses Injured Worker RICO and Qui Tam Claims, Gynecologist Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct Now Comp Doctor, Ambulance Co. Employee to Serve 36 Months for $1.1M Fraud, DWC Updates Formulary List, Curing Patients NOT a Sustainable Business Model, FDA in Favor of First Cannabis-Derived Drug, Amazon Scraps Plan to Enter Pharmacy Business, GE Ships Off-the-Shelf Biotechnology Factories, Travelers Streamlines Digital Claims.
April 16 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. First Opioid Cost Recovery Trial Set for March 2019, Whistleblower Accuses Ventura County of $100M Medical Fraud, Physicians Convicted in Compound Medication Fraud, Owner of Ventura Cleaning Service Guilty of Premium Fraud, Salinas Caregiver Guilty of Fraud Charges, Deputy Sheriff Sentenced in Comp Fraud Case, Federal Health Care Fraud Program Recovers $2.4B in 2017, Interpreters Slam Proposed Fee Regulations, Opioid and Compound Med Spend Declines in Comp Claims, CVS Launches Drug Price Transparency Tool.
April 9 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Fraud Arrests Made at So. Cal Rehab Center, Four Arrested in Riverside Surgical Center Fraud, Public Adjuster Sentenced to 10 Years, Christine Baker Retires as Head of DIR, WCIRB Suggests Mid-Year 7.2% Rate Decrease, DWC Proposes Amended Interpreter Fee Regulations, DOJ to Craft Non-Monetary Remedies in MDL Opioid Cases, Cal/OSHA Gets Tough on Unsafe Roofer, New CMS Opioid Rules May Lower MSA Costs, NCCI Studies Cost Shifting from Work Comp to Social Security.
April 2 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. WCAB En Banc Approves Electronic Signatures on Lien Forms, Homeowner Protected by Exclusive Remedy Rule, Some Prefer State Over Federal Courts in Opiate Litigation, Florida "Rogue Rehabs" Invade California, UCSF Surgeon Convicted on Oxycodone Charges, Foster Farms Worker Sentenced for Fraud, California Spends $738M on Ineligible Medi-Cal Enrollees, DWC Suspends 27 More Vendors, DIR Publishes Progress Report on Anti-Fraud Efforts, "Precision Medicine" to Replace "Trial and Error" Treatment.
March 26 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Punitive Damages Upheld Against Uninsured Employer, No Settement - Yet - in Opioid MDL Litigation, Drugmaker Bribes Doctors with Lap Dances to Prescribe Opioid, Silicon Valley Medical Startup Resolves Fraud Charges, Ventura Medical Biller to Serve 210 Days for Fraud, Fraud Unit Compliance Check Finds 50% of Employers Fail, Feds Promise Action to Lower Drug Prices, CWCI Elects Directors for 2018, A.I. as Accurate as Pathologist at Cancer Diagnosis, Indivior Loses Opioid Treatment Patent Suit.
March 19 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Pending Case Pivotal in Health Care Fraud Litigation, Employer's Obligation to Provide Interactive Process is Continuous, So. Cal. Physician to Serve 13 Years for Drug Trafficking, L.A. Drug Treatment Center Owner Sentenced to 11 Years, Temp Agency CEO Convicted of Premium Fraud, Ventura Hospital Worker Sentenced in Fraud Case, Researchers Say a Third of CT and MRI Scans Unnecessary, IMR Physicians Upheld 91% of UR Treatment Denials, Injured Workers' Opioid Prescriptions Decline.
March 12 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court of Appeal Reverses WCAB on T.D. Past 5 Years, Court Limits City's Indemnification for Comp Loss, No Evidence of Equitable Estoppel in Volunteer's Injury Claim, Camp Bootcamp, Inc., Cited for $8.3M Wage Theft Violations, Hospital Worker Defrauds Social Security - for 19 Years!, 32 Year LAPD Veteran Arrested for Comp Fraud, Can California Single-Payer Proposal Replace Comp?, DWC Suspends Ten More Providers, Experts Alarmed at Decline of QMEs, JAMA Study - NSAIDs as Effective as Opioids for Chronic Pain.
March 5 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Consideration of Cancer "Latency Period" Required for AOE-COE, OSHA Citation Upheld for Failure to Fully Complete Form 300 Log, DOJ Claims Interest in Multi-District Opioid Litigation, Prosecutors Arrest So. Cal. Lap-Band Surgeons for $250M Fraud, Victorville Physician Arrested for Illegal Opioid Prescriptions, Red Bluff City Councilman Gets Jail Time for Comp Fraud, California Voters to Revisit Billion Dollar Stem Cell Funding, FDA Approves Non-Opioid Pain Patch, QME Costs Level Off - or are Declining, Ride Share Drivers Reluctant to Take E.R. Patients.
February 26 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Philip Sobol Sent to Lompoc Prison for 21 Months, Anthem Accuses Sonoma West Med Center of Fraud Scheme, DWC Suspends Popular AME - As He Remains in Jail, New Employment Laws For 2018, Are Anti-Depressant Drugs Effective?, Fierce Competition Drives Novartis From Generic Drugs, Growing Acceptance of Acupuncture for Pain, Crawford & Company/Broadspire Opens in Australia.
February 19 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Ct. Allows Big Fines for Workplace Safety Violations, Federal Court Says Grubhub Driver is Independent Contractor, Attorneys Now Taking Opiod Cases on Contingency, Urine Drug Testing Becomes "Liquid Gold" for Fraudsters, Couple Sentenced for Making Fake Oxycodone from Fentanyl, Central District of California Prosecutors Recovered $220M Last Year, Aetna Faces CDI Probe Following Medical Director Deposition, One Shot Addiction Injection Arriving in February, OxyContin Maker Cuts Aggressive Marketing Staff, USI Publishes its 2018 Insurance Market Outlook.
February 12 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. SCIF - H-Wave® Settlement Opens Drug Free Pain Solution, Building Owner Not Responsible for Death of Window Washer, Three Indian Tribes Now Sue Opiate Drugmakers, Fentanyl Drug Maker Resists Subpoenas in State Probe, Former DOJ Prosecutor Pleads Guilty After Cupertino Hotel Sting, Woman Arrested for Shopping 80 Doctors for Pain Pills, DOJ Enforcement Focus Shifts to Nonmedical Provider Fraud, Feds Map Out Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Prices, NCCI Publishes Medicare Set-Asides: 2018 Update, Another Link for CT Cancer Claims for Cell Phone Use?
February 5 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. New York Jumps on Opiate Litigation Bandwagon, Overturned Compactor Injury Not Sudden or Extraordinary, Court of Appeal Reviews Automatic Disqualification of Law Firm, Salinas Urologists Resolve Kickback and Self Referral Claims, Arrests Made in San Diego Compounded Meds Scam, Tustin Podiatrist Faces Extradition for Insurance Fraud, DWC Suspends 11 More Providers, Telehealth Expected to Save Taxpayers Billions, Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Form Healthcare Company, Harvard Engineering Students Accurately Identify Medical Fraud.
January 29 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of SCIF RICO Litigation, Want Opioids? - Just Google "Fentanyl for Sale", NFL Player Sentenced for $1.5M Comp Fraud With Adjuster, LAPD Valley Traffic Officer Arrested, FDA and FTC List 12 Fake Opioid Addiction Products, DEA Now Allows More Physicians to Prescribe Buprenorphine, Report Claims Medicaid Helps Drive Opioid Crisis, VA Partners With CMS to Fight Fraud, More Guesses on 2018 Workers' Compensation Trends, MEMIC Ranked Top Comp Carrier in U.S.
January 22 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Court of Appeal Rejects Zuniga IMR Constitutional Challenge, Judge Orders $2M Money Judgment Against Philip Sobol M.D., Michael D. Drobot to Serve 63 Months in Prison, Andrew Jarminski M.D. License Restricted by Medical Board, LAPD Employee Arrested for Exaggerated Comp Claim, FDA Plans to Restrict Drug Compounders, Burbank Approves Expedited AME List for Firefighters, 450 Hospitals Plan to Manufacture Generic Drugs.
January 16 Edition Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Judge Chastises 100 Attorneys at Consolidated Opiod Hearing, City of L.A. Files Misclassification Lawsuit in Port Trucking Dispute, Michael D. Drobot Forfeits $10M, Including Classic Car Collection, Operator of Assisted Living Facilities Cited for Wage Theft, Visalia Public Employee Says Arrest was "Retaliation" for Comp Claim, Insurance Broker Sentenced for Stealing Comp Premiums, Proposed Law Expands Scope of Employment, DWC Suspends President of Premiere Medical Management, Sedgwick Maps Out Industry Trends for 2018, Allianz Invests $59M in Digital Telehealth Platform.
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.