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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.

December 2, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Failure to Request Second Review Limits Award to Lien Claimant, No Jurisdiction for Applicant Civil Case Against WCAB, WCJ and SCIF, WCAB Decides Objections Not Waived by Failure to Raise in EOR, Daniel Capen Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison, Contractor Sentenced to 10 Years in Premium Fraud Cause, Sutter Hospitals Pay $46M to Resolve Referral Claims, State Auditor Critical of QME Process, IMR Applications Increase for Sixth Consecutive Year, Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Amendments Update, State Agencies Paid $20M Too Much for SCIF Insurance.

November 18, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: ABC Employment Test Limited to “Wage and Hour Laws”, California Trucking Association Challenges AB-5, Police Officer Fraud Conviction Affirmed Despite Trial Error, Were the NFL Dementia Claims Scientifically Valid, New Rule to Mandate Disclosure of Hospital Charges, Dept. of Insurance Seeks $2B From Opioid Makers for Premium Increases, Bipartisan PAID Act to Resolve MSP Uncertainty, CWCI Reports Opioid Use Declines, Google Collects and Analyzes Patient Health Data in 21 States, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks Distributor Moving HQ From Irvine to Texas.

November 11, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Extends Litigation Stay for Purdue Pharma, California Insurance Company Placed in Conservatorship, 5 Year Sentence in Merced $6M Medical Fraud Case, China and US Announce Rare Fentanyl Crackdown, DEA Warns: “Mass Quantities” Counterfeit Pills, Air Ambulance Ride to UCLA Cost More than Lung Transplant, Response to AB-5: California Freelancers “Need Not Apply”, Courtroom Secrecy Hides Public Safety Information, 4 in 10 Deal With Weekly Burnout Caused Health Issues, NASI Report – Decreasing Comp Benefits are Inadequate.

November 4, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: No WCAB Exclusive Jurisdiction Over AOE-COE in CIGA Case, Insurance Fraud Leads to Murder Conviction, Grand Jury to Review Opioid Drugmaker Litigation, Enough Fentanyl Seized to “Wipe Out” Entire State of Ohio, Data Analytics Busts La Jolla Physician, San Diego Military Doctor Signs off on Fake Insurance Claims, Researchers Say Lack of Evidence on Medicinal Cannabis, Researchers Criticise Scientific Basis of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Ride-Share Companies Launch AB 5 Ballot Initiative, New CWCI Study Shows 94.1% UR/IMR Approval Rate.

October 28, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: School District Recovers Interest, but not Attorney Fees from JPA, Cal/OSHA Sets “Uncertain” Footwear Standard for Home Depot, Another SJDB Voucher Fraud Arrest, South Bay Physician to Serve 2 Years in Prison, Owner of Roofing Company Faces Fraud Charges, Researchers Take Second Look at Chiropractic Care, Employers Use Proactive Approach to Musculoskeletal Distorders, CDI Rejects Berkshire Sale of Applied Underwriters, FAA Approves CVS to Deliver Pharmaceuticals by Drone, Workers’ Compensation to Be Transformed by Technology.

October 21, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $18B Offer on Table Before Landmark October 21 Opioid Trial, Purdue Obtains Brief Litigation Stay to Pursue Opioid Settlement, Orthopedist, Timothy Hunt M.D. Sentenced to Two Years, Acupuncturist Pleads Guilty to $3.8M Fraud, Another LAPD Officer Charged with Comp Fraud, California Outlaws Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements, Newsom Vetos 4850 Time for School Police, Researchers Discover Disc Damage Blocking.

October 14, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 9th DCA Rules CIGA Need Not Reimburse Medicare, 9th Circuit Sets Higher Standard for ADA Liability, DWD Unit Must Show No Dependents Exist, Drugmaker Hit With $8B Jury Verdict with 13,400 Similar Cases Pending, So. Cal. Physicians Pay $6.65M to Resolve Fraud Claim, Foremost Shockwave Solutions Waives Liens, New MPN Provisions Apply Over Next Few Years, DWC Orders Three Changes to OMFS, WCRI Reviews Non-Pharmacologic Services for Pain Management, Interactive Policy Year Stats Report – 2019 Now Online.

October 7, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Another Opioid Case Settles Before Trial, Filing Comp Claim Not Necessarily a FEHA “Protected Activity”, Requirements for SIBTF Benefits Unchanged After SB 899, $2.1B Genetic Testing Fraud Takedown – Largest Ever Charged, Patients Drove 16 Hours for Opioid Prescriptions, Newsom Signs First Responder PTSD Presumption Law, Heart Disease Linked to Pesticide Exposure at Work, CVS Drug Pricing Plan Gains Little Traction, CWCI Reports Steady Decline in Spinal Fusions, NCCI Reviews Air and Ground Ambulance Fees.