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August 12, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Opioid Settlement Negotiations – $45B Demand and $10B Offer, Victorville Physician Convicted for Illegal Opioid Prescriptions, Another SJDB Vendor Under Investigation, School Bus Driver Convicted in Comp Fraud Case, NCCI Reports on Regulatory and Legislative Trends, DWC Proposes Increases to Med-Legal Fees, WCIRB Proposes 5.7% Rate Reduction, California Written Premiums to Drop by $1B, RAND Reports on Firefighter Musculoskeletal Disorders, Officials Warn: “Fentanyl Crisis Raging in San Diego”.

August 5, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Disability and Wage Loss Not Inconsistent in Discrimination Case, Angel Transportation Loses Claim for $1.2M in WCAB Liens, So. Cal. Trucking School Submits $4M Fake Training Claims, Spinal Implant Company and CEO Face Fraud Claims, Director at Cedars-Sinai Faces Child Porn Charges, Proposed Regs Increase Copy Service Fees, Surgical Risk of Death Highest After Going Home, Insurance Commissioner Faces Ethics Investigation, Self-Insured Program Frees up $6B in Working Capital, 2018 WCJ Ethics Committee Finds Four Violations.

July 29, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $2B Roundup-Cancer Jury Verdict Reduced to $87M, $13.4M Restitution Affirmed in Largest Premium Fraud Scam, Drobot to Plead Guilty – Faces 50 Years – in NEW Case, Patient “Recruiter” Pleads Guilty in $65M Case, Man Convicted of Stealing Medicare Set Aside Funds, Truck Driver Jailed for Comp Fraud, Chief Judge Says “Degradation of Civility” at WCAB, Applied Underwriters Fined $3 Million for Side Agreements, Self-Insured Employers Claim Frequency Increasing, Study Reviews Side Effects of Short Term Opiates.

July 22, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Releases DEA Records on 76 Billion Opioid Pills, Employer Escapes SCIF Premium Default Judgment, Pharmaceutical CEOs Now Face Criminal Prosecutions, Dolphus Pierce D.C. Comp Fraud Conviction Affirmed, Couple Convicted of Manufacturing Fake Oxycodone, Feds Say San Diego “Gateway for Fentanyl”, CDC Reports Drop in Overdose Deaths, Presidential Candidates Plan to Lower Drug Costs.

July 15, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Blocks HHS Drug Price TV Ads Disclosure Rule, Drugmaker Pays $1.4 B to Resolve Fraud Claims, $6M Fraud Verdict Against “Sham” Attorneys Affirmed, LAPD Officer Pleads No-Contest to Comp Fraud, Feds Withdraw Proposed Drug Rebate Rule, Congress Pressures FDA for Cannabis Regs, Cal/OSHA – $68K in Fines for Confined Space Violations, Psychiatric Diagnosis are “Scientifically Meaningless”, Sedgwick to Acquire York Risk Services.

July 8, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Ends Disgruntled Claimant’s 13 Years of Litigation, West Hollywood Doctor Faces Fraud Charges, Senior Care Facility Cited for $708K Wage Theft, Uninsured Security Company Owners Convicted, “Mini” MRI Under Development, 48% of Doctors Considering Career Change, Nurses Suffer Chronic Sleep Disorders, United Insurance Named as Applied Underwriters Buyer.

July 1, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Encompass Health to pay $48M to Resolve Fraud Claim, Bankruptcy Judge May Halt Opiate Trials, Statewide Sweep Nabs 169 Illegal Contractors, Attorney Pleads Guilty in Oxycodone Sales Case, Gig Companies Adapt to ABC Test, Wearable Technology WorkComp Game Changer, WCIRB Submits 2020 Regulatory Filing, Claims Data Links Opioid Prescriptions as Family Risk Factor, “Non-Profit” Hospitals Report Massive Profits, Major Cannabis Research Industries Collaborating.

June 24, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Ronald Grusd M.D. Office Manger to Serve 5 Years, Arrests Made for $120M Fake Insurance Scheme, Santa Ana Psychiatrist to Serve 57 Months in Prison, Truck Driver Pleads Guilty to Comp Fraud, School Custodian Sentenced for Fraud, Executive Order Forces Healthcare Price Disclosure, “ABC” Test “Doomsday Scenario” for Hollywood, Solar Company Cited for Worker’s Fall from Roof, FDA Launches Pilot Blockchain Technology Project,
Sale of Applied Underwriters to Close in 2019.

June 17, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Approves Marijuana – In CA Prisons!, Jury Convicts Doctor and Recruiter, Dentist Faces 75 Charges for 600 Fake Root Canals, Drugmaker Settles Kickback Case – Then Files Bankruptcy, Double Dipping Business Owner Sentenced, Medical Marijuana No Help for Opioid Crisis, Patients Happier in Small Hospitals with Amenities.

June 10, 2019 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CA AG Belatedly Files Limited Opioid Litigation, Another Opioid Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Kickbacks, L.A. Dentist Sentenced for $3.8M Fraud Scheme, So. Cal. Contractors Cited for $600K Wage Theft, VA Promotes Telehealth, and E-Record Systems, Ohio BWC Drops Oxycontin from Formulary, HHS Publishes Pain Management Best Practices, Mild Brain Injury Can Cause Lasting Effects, SCIF Launches Real-Time UR Approval, Quest Diagnostics Records Hacked.