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October 19, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Rules Tree Trimmer Amputation “Sudden and Extraordinary”. California Joins in Antitrust Litigation Against AbbVie. Another Opioid Drugmaker Files for Bankruptcy Protection. Santa Monica Woman Guilty of Price Gouging 20,000 N95 Masks. Mitchell Launches Data Explorer to Combat Fraud. NCCI Reports Most COVID Claims are “Small Dollar”. QME Emergency Regs 36.7 and 46.2 Extended to 2021. DWC Adjusts OMFS Pathology Lab Fees, Hospital and ASC Fees. Digital Health Startups are Disrupting Healthcare System.

October 12, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: LC 5500.5 Contribution Can Be Timely Initiated by DOR. Successor Corporation Not Insured by Existing Comp Policy. Historic Fed Takedown of 345 Healthcare Providers for $6B Fraud. San Diego Lab Pays $3M to Resolve Kickback Case. Sedgwick Launches COVID-19 Reporting Portal. WCIRB Reports 11% Reduction in Premium. Labor Unions Disappointed at Newsom Employment Law Vetoes. Uber and Lyft Face $392M Annual Payroll Taxes if Prop 22 Fails. FDA Approves New Cervical Disc Replacement Design. Next Insurance Expands to 24 Additional States.

October 5, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCJ Dismisses Michael Barri Liens Worth $18M. TD Required if Modified Work Limited by COVID Restrictions. Hospital Self-Referral Law Violation Settlements Continue Nationwide. Nursery Worker Arraigned for Insurance Fraud. New Law Allows Workers’ Compensation Remote Depositions. Cal/OSHA Cites So. Cal. Groceries for COVID-19 Violations. Cal/OSHA Cites So. Cal. Groceries for COVID-19 Violations. New Law Launches Cal Rx – The State Generic Drug Label. DWC Proposes Changes to Copy Service Fee Schedule. Updated Formulary Indicates New Exempt Anti-Depressants. Gallagher Bassett “Restarting” Systems After Ransomware Attack.

September 28, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Suit by Restaurant Server Encouraged Drink Limited by Exclusive Remedy. Court Rules Exclusive Remedy Applies to COVID-19 Civil Action. Gilead Sciences Resolves Kickback Case for $97M. Fraudulent EDD Debit Cards Flood Beverly Hills Luxury Shops. Redding Forestry Technician Faces Comp Fraud Charges. Central Valley Farm Worker Faces Felony Comp Fraud Charges. Physicians Sentenced in $65M Compound Meds Fraud Case. Cal/OSHA Cites Police Department for COVID Safety Violations. CWCI Reports 2020 IMR Requests Fell Sharply. Travelers Launches Virtual Ergonomic Assessments.

September 21, 2020 – News Podacast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Recovers $11.8M From Novartis $729M Kickback Case. Agoura Hills Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty in Kickback Case. Agricultural Company Charged for $2.5M Premium Fraud. L.A. Deputy Sheriff Arrested for Comp Fraud. Newsom Signs COVID-19 Presumption Law. AB-5 Exemption for Franchising in CA – Rejected. CWCI Reports on Impact of 20 Years of Medical Reforms. Cal/OSHA Cracks Down on COVID-19 Safety Violations. WCIRB Reports Decline in Overall Medical Payments. Remote Work Incentives Encourage California Exodus.

September 14, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Ben Affleck Challenges Chubb Over COVID Coverage. “Non-Profit” AARP Criticized for Massive Insurance Profits. Another Kickback Case in Sacramento Facility. EDD Alerts Public on Recent Scams and Fraud Attempts. California “Urgently” Walks Back AB-5 Employment Test. Political Back Story to Gig Worker Law Walk Back. DWC to Resume Lien Trials September 14. WCRI Study Shows Early PT Effective in Spine Injury.

September 7, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Summary Judgment in Power Press Case Reversed. CEO of Fresno Rehab Group Home Convicted for Fake Bills. No. Cal. Employer Convicted for $2M Premium Fraud. Legislature Passes Retroactive COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption. Study Reveals Surge in “Mega” Comp Claims Over $3M. WCIRB Reports Declining Premiums, Increasing Loss Ratio. California State IT “Litany” of Failures Include EDD. Walgreens and VillageMD to Open Primary Care Centers in 700 Stores. Telemedicine Enhances Access to Palliative Care. SCIF Declares $75M Mid Year Dividend.

August 31, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Couple Injured While Assisting Sheriff Limited to Workers’ Comp. Ascertaining the “Date of Injury” in a CT Case Matters. So. Cal. Compounder Sentenced for Kickbacks in $62M Fraud. L.A. Chiropractor Sentenced for $4.8M Fraud. Mountain View Contractor Gouged NASA for Comp Costs. CMS Webinar on First Level Appeal of Demand Determination. DWC Posts Updates to MTUS. New SIU Regulations Effective on October 1. Liberty Mutual Receives Innovation Award. Telecommuting New Normal for Comp Industry.

August 24, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber and Lyft Avoid Shutdown With Last Minute Stay. Teva Pharmaceuticals Kickback Case Settled for $3.5M. National Law Review Highlights COVID Litigation Risk. OC Comp Attorney Arrested for Investment Fraud Scheme. Trump Signs Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act of 2020. Mostly Positive News for California COVID-19 Developments. 31,612 California COVID Comp Claims – So Far! Proposed Law Targets Garment Industry Wage Theft. Duke University Studies COVID Mask Effectiveness. 3.8 Billion Views of Misleading Health Info on Facebook.

August 17, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber and Lyft Ordered to Classify Drivers as Employees. Daly City Restaurant Resolves Wage Theft Claim for $2.6M. Construction Worker Faces Fraud Charges for False Statement. Man Arrested for Selling Fake COVID Medication. Each New Drug Costs $2.6B and Takes 15 Years! WCIRB Suggests 2.6% Rate Increase for 2021. WCAB Expands Hearing Options with LifeSize Video. Conference Call Public Hearing Set for MTUS Update. Surgical Specialties Fees Reduced in 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule. Safeway Store Janitors Protest Limited COVID-19 Safety Gear.