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July 5, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Exclusions to Comp Policy Requires an Explicit Endorsement. NY Resolves Opiod Litigation With J&J for $230M. Second-Largest CA Nursing Facility Pays $450K in Fraud Claim. L.A. Jury Convicts Four Defendants For COVID Loan Fraud. WCIRB Reviews Medical Cost Trends at Actuarial Meeting. NCCI Reports $6000 Average COVID Claim Costs in 38 States. DWC Updates MTUS Drug List. 3M Healthcare Information Systems Improves Patient Care. Delta COVID Variant Spreading in California’s Unvaccinated. Drugmakers Target Parkinson’s and Alzheimers in $2.2B Deal.

June 28, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against California Union Organizers. Injury While on Personal Errand in “Mobile Office” is AOE-COE. Riverside County DA to Lead EDD Fraud Task Force. Convictions Show EDD Fraud a Decade Before Pandemic Began. Owner-Builder Requires Contractor License and WC Insurance. San Francisco First City to Mandate Employee Vaccinations. Employers Face “Hairball” of Post Pandemic Safety Rules. California Approves 100M Bailout for Failing Cannabis Industry. Research Shows New COVID Variant Spreading in US. Poorly Organized Ortho Surgical Trays Drive up Costs.

June 21, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Medical Evidence Required to Add Rather Than Use CVC. Texas Trucker Loses 5th Circuit Battle Over Cal/OSHA Jurisdiction. Indictment Adds Details to Illegal Comp Referral Prosecutions. Spine Device Makers Resolve Sunshine Act Kickback Cases. Fresno P-D Unit to Review Long Term Industrial Claim Absences. Feds Sue Vacaville Nursing Facilities for Illegal Kickbacks. Relaxed Cal/OSHA COVID Standards Effective Today. California Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Jump 2100% in 5 Years. Experts Petition FDA to “Slow Down” Full Vaccine Approval. NSC and, Amazon Team Up to Address Workplace Injuries.

June 14, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Psyche Symptoms Before Award Does Not Preclude Reopening. Waiver Signed Injured Worker on Volunteer Job Limits Liability. New WCAB Tool – “Commissioner’s Settlement Conference.” Ninth Circuit to Decide Fate of DEA 49 Year Old Cannabis Ban. Jury Convicts Chiropractor for $2.2M Health Insurance Fraud. Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of 24 Year Old for $600K EDD Fraud. Cal/OSHA Abruptly Withdraws COVID Safety Standards Phase Out. Consumer Interest in Telemedicine Increased From 11% to 76%. Merck’s COVID-19 Treatment in Phase 3 Trials.

June 7, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Lyft Employee Classification Suit Favors State Over Federal Law. WCAB Panel Allows New QME to Review Retired QME Reports. Jacoby & Meyers Referral Attorney Faces 26 Counts of Insurance Fraud. 7 Businesses Cited for $1.4M Wage Theft From 107 Workers. Owner of Construction Co. Faces $25M Premium Fraud Charge. No End in Sight to EDD Fraud Prosecutions. 7 Defendants Face $330K SJDB Fraud and Kickback Indictments. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Expand in California.

May 31, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Reversed for Ignoring Supreme Court COLA Case. Federal Judge Rejects $2B California Roundup Cancer Case Settlement. Injury by Unauthorized Homeless Person Conflict Compensable. WCAB Declines Jurisdiction Over UR/IMR Dispute. California Leads Nation in COVID Civil Litigation Claims. So.Cal. Orthopedist to Serve 15 Months for $623K In Kickbacks. DOJ COVID – Health Care Fraud Coordinated Law Enforcement Actions. Cal/OSHA Delays Changes to Emergency Temporary Standards. Foster Farms and Staffing Agencies Cited for COVID Violations. Physician Dispensed Pain Dermatologicals New Cost Driver.

May 24, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 9th Circuit Affirms $25M Roundup Pesticide Award in California Case. Worker’s Injury Suit Against Employer Dismissed. Flooring Co. Owners Face $3.8M Premium Fraud Charges. California Black Market Drugs Sold to Prescription Drug Customers. San Diego County Targets Employers for Labor Violations. New Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Predicted to Cost $270M. WCIRB Quarterly Report Mostly Good News Despite Pandemic. WCRI Releases 13th Edition of Medical Price Index. Alabama Becomes the 37th Medical Marijuana State. SCIF to Install 150 Solar EV Charging Stations at 7 Facilities.

May 17, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Sexual Exploitation by PTP Causes New Compensable Injury. See’s Candies Wins Meal Break Class Decertification Victory. Laguna Hills Assisted Living Facility Pays $159K For Wage Theft. New CDC Relaxed Mask Mandate Frustrates and Confuses Employers. CWCI Analysis Critical of SB 335 Shortened Denial Time. WCIRB Publishes September 1, 2021 Experience Modification Estimator. NCCI Reports Insurers Have Profitable Year With 87% Combined Ratio. DWC Adds Anxiety Disorders to MTUS. WCRI Reports on Rising Hospital Outpatient Costs. Travelers Wellness Survey Shows Pandemic Resilience.

May 10, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Central Valley Employer Faces $1M Premium Fraud Charges. Bay Area Contractor Gets Jail Time for Comp Fraud. Santa Ana PD Officer to Serve Six Months for Comp Fraud. Pharmaceutical Company Resolves Kickback Charges for $12.6M. Claimant Caught Working as Bartender While on TTD. Newsom Reappoints Katherine Zalewski as WCAB Chair. Comp Underwriting Profitability Remains Stable During Pandemic. 3D Printed Pills on Future Pharmaceutical Landscape. NSDUH Recommends Routine Screening for Cannabis Use. NCCI Economic Briefing Predicts End of COVID Recession.

May 3, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Appellate Court Orders Trucking Companies to Comply AB-5. Owner Pleads Guilty for $31M Home Health Care Kickback Scheme. DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to the QME Regs for Comment. DIR Publishes Annual IMR Report. DWC Posts Zoom MLFS Questions and Answers Sessions. D-I-R Launches New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Navigation Tool. New COVID-19 Cases Fall 16% in U.S. FDA Approves New Spine Surgical Robotics. Precision Medicine Initiative Takes On Trauma Patients. NWCDC Panelists Discuss Inappropriate Use of Off-Label Drugs.

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