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September 24, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Applicant Waived Right to New Panel for Untimely QME Eval, Unlike NFL Players – 53 Pro Wrestlers Lose CTE Case, UCSF Surgeon to Serve 41 Months in Prison, CDI Files Largest Fraud Case in its History, Prominent Newport Beach Ortho Faces Rape Charges, El Centro Task Force Seizes 20,000 Fake Oxycodone Pills, 15 Workers Recover $450K in Wage Theft Case, California Tightens Cal/OSHA Reporting and Transparency, Death of Driver Run Over by Own Truck Triggers $46K in Fines, Coca-Cola Considering Cannabis Drinks – “For Pain”.

September 17, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: County of L.A. Pre-Employment Physical Case Settles for $.5M, Discrimination for Refusal to Hire Medical Marijuana Home User, Surveillance Convicts Nursing Assistant, Man Sentenced for Pharmaceutical Trafficking, Senators Want the VA to Prescribe Marijuana to Vets, New Concept – High Impact Chronic Pain (HICP), RAND Says 1/3 of Opioid Prescriptions Unjustified, Scientists Re-generate Wound Tissue, Person Behind Opioid Epidemic Patents Addiction Treatment, New Study – Why Do Some Feel More Pain?

September 10, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Cal Chiropractic Association Sues One Call Medical, Popular Ortho AME to Serve 7 Years for Child Pornography, Six L.A. Garment Contractors Fined $5 Million, DIR Reports IMR Efficiently Resolves Disputes, WCIRB Quarterly Update – Mostly Good News, Anti-Anxiety Drug Abuse Overtaking Opioids, 2018 Drug Prices Fell 5.8% in Second Quarter, 14% of Pharmaceuticals May Be Fake.

September 3, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Employers Favor Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, Two Arrested in Decade-Long Underground Economy Fraud Scheme, Employer Fights Bizarre Fraud Conviction for 15 Years, Saratoga Physician Sentenced to 63 Months, Ethics Committee Publishes Report of WCJ Investigations, Congress Again Attempts MSA Reform Bill, California Hospital Chain Files for Bankruptcy, Gabapentin (AKA “Gabbies”) Addiction Abuse Rising, Compound Med Costs Continue to Decline, Atlas General Now Covers California Cannabis Industry.

August 27, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CompPartners Prevails in California Supreme Court, 100% Awards Increasing with VR Experts, Lack of “Animus” Evidence Defeats FEHA Claim, Operators of So. Cal. Staffing Companies Face Fraud Charges, Jury Convicts Lancaster Physician in Kickback Case, Woman to Serve 30 Months for EDD Fraud, Fresno Orthopedist Practicing with Suspended License, Are You Ready For a Facebook MRI, HHS to Eliminate PBM Rebates to Lower Drug Costs, CWCI Studies Polypharmacy Claims.

August 20, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Invalidates AD Dispute Resolution Regulation, Jury Awards $289M to Injured Groundskeeper, Court Denies Peyman Heidary Indictment Appeal, CDI Has 57 Unfilled Fraud Investigator Jobs, Opioid 2019 Production “Quotas” Reduced 10%, Cal/OSHA Fines Advertising Company $32K, Express Scripts to Market $1M Genetic Pill, AI Accurately Diagnoses 50 Eye Conditions, MRI Scans – Maybe Not So Safe After All, Industrial Auto Accidents are Increasing.

August 13, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Adds Instead of Combining PD Ratings, Unlicensed Tree Trimmer v. Homeowner Suit Affirmed, Feds Join 4 Whistleblower Opiate Cases, Illegal Fentanyl Floods California Border, Indicted Owner of Sham Clinics Faces Immigration Charges, 14 California Hospitals Settle Fraud Claims for $65M, WCIRB Proposes 4.5% Rate Reduction, Second WCAB Appointment Has No WC Experience, FDA Rejects Another New Opioid, Another $2B Health Insurance/Pharmacy Merger.

August 6, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Parties Have no Unconditional Right to PQME, Safety Consultant Owes Duty of Care to Injured Workers, Jury Convicts San Leandro Physician’s Assistant, Nail Salon Cited for $1.2M Wage Theft, DWC Administrative Director Announces His Future Plans, DWC Corrects OMFS to Delete Zero Value MUE, Opioid Use Remains Tenaciously High in the U.S., FDA Rejects Opioid Drug From Controversial Company, Comp Industry Shows Strong Underwriting Performance, New WC Carrier Opens in San Diego.

July 30, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Car Wash Owner to Pay $4.2M to 800 Workers, QME Pleads Guilty in Compound Med Case, Competency Hearing Set For Attorney Lee Mathis, 9 Contra Costa Restaurants Illegally Uninsured, CWCI Examines Prescription Drug UR/IMR, Costly MSAs – Are You Out of Options?, Drug Distributor Stocks Tumble Over Uncertainty, Cash for Medication is Less Than Co-Pay With Insurance, Fed Pressure Forces Merck to Cut Drug Prices.

July 23, 2018 Edition


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Medical Marijuana Ordered for NJ Claimant, DCA Affirms Fraud Conviction Restitution Order, Physician Indictments Snares So. Cal. QME, Corona QME Charged with Fraud – Keeps License, Last Pain Clinic Defendant Pleads Guilty, L.A. Times Expose Features LAPD Comp Fraud, LAPD Employee Sentenced for Fraud, WCAB Updates Subpoenas – Do You Need Them?, New Non-Opioid Pain Killer in Late Stage Trials, InsurTech Pilot Launches Farm Worker Program.