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February 17, 2020


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: AG Suit Claims OptumRX Illegally Gouged Comp Claims, Another California “New-Law-Fail” in Federal Courts, Lawsuits Claim AARP Cheats Policyholders, More AB-5 Unintended Consequences, San Diego Musicians Play Blues Tunes Over AB-5, DWC Announces Online Doctors First Report Pilot Program, Single Point of Failure – Pharmaceutical Roads Lead to China, CWCI Study Shows Decline in Medical Treatment Counts, Disability Discrimination 2nd Highest EEOC Claim, Mike Hessling New Gallagher Basset CEO.

February 10, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Awarded $350M in Suit Against Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens Settles Fake California Pharmacist Case for $7.5M, New O.C. DA Drops “Manufactured” Charges Against Orthopedist, So. Cal. Acupuncturist to Serve 30 Months for $7.1M Fraud, Santa Clara Cop Faces Fraud Charge, SCIF Recovers $159K in Criminal Premium Fraud Case, 215 Biopharma Leaders Pledge to Do a Better Job for Patients, “90210” Star Fights State Farm Claim – and Breast Cancer.

February 3, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Specifies Requirements for 4903.8(d) Lien Declaration, WCAB Claim Tolls Statute of Limitations for FEHA Action, Arch Health Partners Resolves Kickback Allegations for $3M, Convicted Surgeon Extradited from Israel to Serve, Bay Area Medical Device CEO Convicted, Charges Filed in $20M Comp Treatment Kickback Scheme, Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Annual Summary, Looking Back at the Validity of NFL Concussion Claims, Non-Opioid “Stem Cell” Pain Treatment Provides Relief, Insurance Industry Reports Varying Results With Data Analytics.

January 27, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Substantial Evidence Standard Applies to OSHA Appeals, C&R Resignation Resolves Wrongful Termination Claim, Arrests Made for $3.2M Sober Living Fraud, Convicted Long Beach Hospital Owner to Serve 15 Months, L.A. Sheriff Faces Fraud Charges After Fake Sniper Claim, 7th San Diego “Pill Mill” Doctor Pleads Guilty, Study Shows Early PT Reduces Opiate Use and Lost Time, TRISTAR Acquires Aspen Risk Management Group.

January 20, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: En Banc WCAB Struggles with AD Over SJDB Jurisdiction, Second Restraining Order Against AB5 Remains in Place, No “Work-Spawned Risk” for Auto Accident After RTW, So. Cal. DME Maker Pays $37.5M to Resolve Kickback Claims, U.S. Attorneys Recover $105M Last Year, Reactions to AB5 Differ in Gig Worker Industry, SCIF Rejects OC Register Suggestion to “Privatize”, Sedgwick Outlines Claim “Conversation Threads for 2020”, Doctors Average 16 Minutes on Record Keeping for Each Patient, Common Myths Make Back Pain Worse.

January 13, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Rules Truckers are Exempt from AB-5 ABC Test, Employer’s Delay in Interactive Process Supports FEHA Claim, Rehab-Recovery Mogul Pleads Guilty in $175M Fraud Case, Palmdale Internist Sentenced to Two Years in Kickback Case, Gov. Newsom Announces Plans to Enter Drug Business, New York Considers Passing AB-5 Gig Employment Law, SCIF Salaries – Including $732k Annual CEO Pay – Under Scrutiny, O.C. Register Calls for Privatizing the SCIF, Santa Monica Reports 23% Increase in Comp Claim Costs, Study Claims 1/3 of Healthcare Costs are Insurance Co. Overhead.

January 6, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Judge Signs AB-5 Restraining Order for Truckers, Sutter Health Resolves Anticompetitive Class Action for $575M, Mileage Rates Drop to 57.5 Cents in 2020, Reserving Lifetime Medical Award is Getting More Difficult, Drugmakers Start New Year by Jacking Up Prices on 330 Drugs, Tramadol – The Other Opioid Crisis, FDA Issues Nerve Pain Meds Safety Warning, Antibiotic Drugmaker Bankruptcies Spark Crisis, California Pharmacies Fail Drug Take-back/Disposal Study, Canadian Drug Suppliers Decline to Sell to U.S.

December 30, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: More Lawsuits and Layoffs Follow Passage of AB-5 Employment Law, Privette Doctrine Precludes Security Guard’s Suit, 10 NFL Players Charged with Health Care Fraud, Attorney Lee Mathis Pleaded Guilty – Sentenced to Lompoc, Mid-Wilshire Doctor to Pay $3.4M to Resolve Fraud Claim, Fake Doctor in Fake Long Beach Clinic Sentenced, East Bay Men Arrested for Fake Oxycodone Sales, The Broken FDA Drug Recall System, DWC Updates MTUS Drug List, WCIRB Quarterly Report Shows Escalating Premium Decreases.

December 16, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Resolves WCAB Concurrent Jurisdiction Issue, Insurers Tell Supreme Court Obamacare was “Massive Bait-and-Switch”, Tort Claim Removable to Federal Court Until Employer Intervenes, San Joaquin County Doctor Indicted, Amador County Staffing Company Owner Sentenced for Premium Fraud, FDA Rapidly Approving Breakthrough Drugs, ACOEM Concerned About Cannabis Legalization and Safety, Apple, Amazon and Google to Take Over Healthcare by 2030, Newly Unsealed Court Records Bad News for Opioid Industry, Sedgwick Institute Book Ponders Future for Work Comp Systems.

December 9, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Jury Verdict May Bankrupt Strongest Longshore Union, Hospital Groups Sue to Stop Price Transparency Rule, LA Basin Home to Half of Indicted Medical Providers, Drugmakers to Invest $2B in Gene Therapies, Access to Care Threatened by Rural Hospital Closings, Hey – Not So Fast! Treatment Guidelines are Often Wrong, Healthcare Spending Increasing After Recent Declines, WCIRB Finds LA Basin Claims Highest in State, Actuary Finds Self-Insurance Saves 21%, CMS Reporting Threshold Unchanged for 2020.