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February 15, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCJ Rejects Mesa Pharmacy Challenge to L.C. 4615 Stay. Gig Workers File Second Challenge to Proposition 22.
Brentwood Pharmacist Guilty in $4.5M Kickback Scheme. Bakersfield Nurse Assistant Faces 24 WC Fraud Felonies. Biden Picks Julie Su – Head of CA Labor Agency as Labor Deputy. Cost Impact of California’s Drug Formulary – Two-Year Checkup. DWC Updates OMFS Practitioner Services Fees. DWC Extends QME Emergency Regs 36.7 and 46.2. Long Beach Supermarkets Close Over City “Hero” Pay Law. DWC Opens Registration for Educational Conference.

February 8, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court Denies Union Effort to Invalidate Prop 22. 132a Not Released by Civil Settlement Without WCAB Approval. EHR Vendor Resolves Kickback Case for $18M. Last Physician Sentenced in $154M Surgical Fraud Case. Claimant Faces Fraud Charges for False History of Prior Injuries. Cal/OSHA Data Significantly Undercounting COVID-19. Cal/OSHA Cites Two State Prisons and Others for COVID Issues. California Legislators Seek “Reboot” of Failing EDD. Hearing on COVID-19 MTUS Canceled Pending ACOEM Updates. Congress Investigating Meatpackers for High COVID Deaths.

February 1, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Sub-Contractor Lacks Standing to Challenge Privette Doctrine Dismissal. EDD Fraud Losses Now Estimated at $11B. Feds Pursue Pharmacist for Carelessly Filling Opioid Prescriptions. O.C. Healthcare Group Resolves $40M Respirator Fraud Claim. CA DOJ Launches Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section. DWC Adjusts OMFS – Pathology and Clinical Laboratory. Cal/OSHA Form 300A Summary of Illnesses and Injuries Due on Feb 1. NAIC Study – PC Insurance Premium Increase as Losses Flat. Study Shows Healthcare Lab Workers at Highest COVID Risk. Officials Say 33% of L.A. County Residents Were COVID Infected.

January 25, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court Rules Dynamax Decision Applies Retroactively. Lowe’s Faces Class Action for Sick Pay Miscalculation. 5,000 California Prison Inmates Filed Fraudulent Unemployment Claims. Fresno Construction Worker Charged With Comp Fraud. Former Firefighter to Serve 90 Days and Pay $130K for Comp Fraud. NCCI Economic Briefing Shows Slow Comp Premium Growth. DWC Reviews IBR Performance of 2018-2019. Gallagher Acquires Atlas General Insurance Services in California.

January 18, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Union Asks Supreme Court to Invalidate Prop 22 Gig Measure. Staffing Company Sues for Fraudulent Comp Insurance. WCAB Significant Panel Decision Evaluates Remote Trials. Man Arrested for $3.5M N95 Mask Fraud with Bay Area victims. Camarillo Insurance Brokers Face $687K Premium Fraud Charges. Public Hearing Set for Adoption of COVID-19 Treatment Guideline. CWCI Report Shows COVID Comp Claims Tripled Prior Months. April QME Examination Now In-home by Computer. California COVID Vaccine Distribution Faces Logistical Issues. Martin Brady Appointed CHSWC Chair for 2021.

January 11, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Unapproved Comp Policy Arbitration “Side Agreements” Unenforceable. PhRMA Loses Challenge to California Drug Transparency Law. Ohio AG Claims OptumRX Knowingly Overcharged State. Irvine Diagnostic Lab Pays $358K to Resolve False Claim Charges. Union Head to Serve 12 Years for Stealing Health Plan Funds. DWC Allows Walk-Through Documents at Local Offices. Workplace Deaths (Non-Pandemic) Rose 2% in 2019. L.A. and San Francisco Order $5/hr “Hero Pay” for Grocery Workers. Cal-SARA – a New Non-Profit – Seeks Staffing Agency Reform. SCIF Says Happy New Year With $39M Dividend.

January 4, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Injured Worker $575K Discrimination Jury Verdict Affirmed. EDD Remains Easy Fraud Target – Even From Prisoners. Sacramento Cleaning Company Owner Faces Premium Fraud. Surgeon Facing $29M Fraud Released After Positive COVID Test. Cal/OSHA Targets Meatpacking and Food Processing Employers. 2021 Mileage Reimbursement Rate Declines to 56 Cents. Virtual 28th Annual DWC Educational Conference Date Set. Gig Companies Launch “Prop 22” Type Initiatives in Key States. Feds Approve “Surprise Medical Bill” Ban. Duration of COVID Vaccine Immunity Remains Speculatory.

December 21, 2020 – 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 Allows States to Regulate PBM Drug Prices. WC Claim, and CalPERS Retirement Defeats FEHA Claim. WCAB En Banc Limits Walk-Through Orders. Riverside Woman Learns $500K EDD Fraud Scheme on YouTube. 16 Pharmacies Admit Health Care Fraud Schemes. Pain Medicine QME Pays $153K to Resolve Opioid Charges. Mitchell International Releases 4th Quarter Comp Trends Report. DWC Responds to Increasing COVID Infection Rates. New NCCI Report Tracks COVID-19 Impact on Comp Claims. OSIP Publishes Public Self-Insured Annual Summary.

December 14, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Constitutionality of California Employer Arbitration Ban Argued. Applicant Attorney Arrested For Adelante Interpreting Inc. Scam. Former Ventura County Firefighter Guilty of $148K Comp Fraud. Simi Valley Contractor Convicted for $176K Premium DIR, DWC Publish IMR 2019 Annual Review Progress Report. OSHA Announces $2,851,533 in Coronavirus Violations. New CMS Final Rule “Modernizes” Anti-Kickback” Law Implementation. Feds Approve Telemedicine Opiate Prescribing – For Now. “V-Day” – First Person Now Vaccinated for COVID. Hackers and Anaphylactoid Reactions Tarnish Vaccine Launch.

December 7, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: “Equitable Tolling” Doctrine Applies to Appeal of Cal/OSHA Citation. Another COVID-19 Employee Tort Case Pending Against Cal. Employer. Sheriff’s Failure of Fitness-for-Duty Test Not a Psychological “Injury”.
Oxnard Roofer Faces 5 Felonies for $4M Premium Fraud. Ventura Farm Labor Contractor Faces Comp Fraud Charges. 14 Charged in So. Cal. $22M SJDB Fraud Scheme. So. Cal. Edison Electrician Charged with 63K Comp Fraud. Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Regulations Now in Effect. CDI Decreases 2021 Advisory Pure Premium Rate by 19.4%. Lack of Surgical Implant Price Transparency Doubles Costs.

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