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July 6, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Tort Claim Rejected for SCIF Refusal to Pay WCAB Order. Texas Supreme Court Approves Limits on Air Ambulance Costs. Injured Worker Mail Order Pharmacy Settles Opiod Suit for $11M. Beverly Hills Doctor Arrested for $52M Insurance Fraud. Telemedicine in Workers’ Comp – New Normal or Fraud Opportunity? California Workers’ Compensation – Where Did $16.1B Go? Researchers Alarmed by Muscle Relaxer Prescription Increase. CSHWC Publishes 2019 Annual Report.

June 29, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $1M Fees and Costs Awarded in FEHA Claim Following Industrial Injury, En Banc WCAB Adds Disabilities for SIBTF Calculation, L.A. Pharmacist Charged with Price Gouging KN95 Masks, PBS Documentary Investigates Opioid Drugmaker Corruption, 25 Year Veteran CHP Officer Arrested for Comp Fraud, Santa Ana Police Officer Faces Comp Fraud Charges, Three Guilty in $65M Compound Med Fraud Scheme, DWC Proposes Increased Fees for Med-Legal Evals, DWC Sets Online MTUS Public Hearing for July 23, WCIRB Expands Classification Inspection Report Program.

June 22, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCIF Sent Back to Trial After a 15 Year Premium Collection Effort, S.F. District Attorney Files DoorDash Misclassification Case, Five Charged in Sober Living Facility Insurance Fraud, Global Insurance Fraud Detection Market to Grow 22% Annually, Emergency Regulations Mandate Recalculation of Comp Premiums, COVID-19 Distancing Rules Becoming a “Political Hazard”, DWC Posts Draft Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule, Contracting Industry Injuries Highest in Opioid Use, WCRI Reports on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Regulations, ACOEM Studies Employer Costs for Opioid Use Disorders.

June 15, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Stipulation to “Upper Extremity” Includes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Workers Sue Amazon Over COVID-19 Working Conditions, 3M Sues California Company Selling Fake N95 Masks, California Agricultural Industry Braces for COVID-19 Claims, Head of Las Gatos Testing Lab Charged with $69M Hoax, Reopenings Continue Despite COVID-19 Hotspots, EU Regulators Join FTC Efforts Against Drugmaker Pay-for-Delay Deals, Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Retracted by Lancet and NEJM, Workers’ Comp Trails Commercial Lines Growth.

June 8, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 5000 COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Cases Filed in Calif, Carriers Sue CVS Health for Fraudulent Overcharges, Law Firm Class Action Seeks Damages for Court Closures, Hollywood Producer Arrested for Paycheck Program Fraud, Sudden Turnaround – Payrolls Unexpectedly Rise by 2.5M in May, Employer Group Argues Against Additional COVID-19 Presumptions, Experts Unsure About Downturn Comp Claim Frequency, ICN Estimates 450K Healthcare Workers Infected With COVID-19.

June 1, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Clarifies Hikida Limits on PD Apportionment, Insurance Agent Who Stole .5M in Premiums Faces 9 Felonies, Four More Convicted in $199M Illegal Prescription Drug Conspiracy, Uber/Lyft AB-5 Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot, WCIRB Estimates Costs of COVID-19 Executive Order at $1.2B, CWCI Reports on Effects of COVID-19 Presumptions, Hollywood Spawns New Cottage Industry – COVID-19 Consultants.

May 25, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Trial Lawyers Predict COVID-19 Legal Battles “Most Expensive” in History, Encino Opioid Ring Conspiracy Ringleader Sentenced, Secret Service Reports Large-Scale Unemployment Fraud, Palo Alto Cardiologist Indicted, 53 of 58 CA Counties Assess Reopening, California Bar Examination Pass Rate Hits All Time Low, IMR Determination Letters Fall by 11.3%, CA Employers Deploy Contact Tracing Systems, DWC Cancels Educational Conference in Los Angeles.

May 18, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Says 5814 Penalties Inapplicable to Timely UR, Newsom Faces Several Lawsuits Over Reopening Plan, CVS Subsidiary Pays $15.3M for Illegal Opioid Dispensing, SBA Payroll Loan Fraud Rates Estimated at 10 – 12%, Tesla CEO Musk Defies Lockdown Order, DWC Updates OMFS for Telehealth Services, Sense of Touch Restored in Severe Spinal Cord Injury, COVID-19 Tests Now Available for Workplaces.

May 11, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Wave of COVID-19 Lawsuits Hit State and Federal Courts, California Sues Uber and Lyft to Enforce AB-5, Court Order Halts Sale of $45M Counterfeit N95 Masks, Scams and Fraud Involving CARES Act Economic Payments, Scams and Fraud Involving Fake COVID-19 Cures, Executive Order Creates COVID-19 Compensability Presumption, California Legislature Re-Convenes With Major Comp Issues, COVID-19 Triggers Increase in Opioid Deaths.

May 4, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Lack of Overlap no Justification for Adding Disabilities, Non-utilization of Comp Admissible to Limit Damages in Tort Case, 3rd WCAB En Banc Decision Suspends 20 Day Filing Rule, Court Order Prohibits Fake “Ozone Therapy” for COVID-19, Bay Area Victims Duped by Non-Existent $40 N95 Masks, San Diego Psychiatrist Resolves Opioid Case for $145K, FDA Raises Safety Concerns Over Ethanol Hand Sanitizers, DWC Authors New Regulations for QME and AME Evals, Telemedicine Will Have “Big Impact” on Comp in Next Five Years, Insurers Say Decline in Elective Surgeries Offset COVID-19 Costs.