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March 23, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB En Banc Decision Suspends Rules, U.S. Attorney’s Office Tracking COVID-19 Scams, San Francisco Acupuncturist Sentenced in Fraud Case, EEOC – Employers May Now Take Employee Temperatures, DWC Announces QME Telehealth Policy, Policy Approaches for Economic Fallout from COVID-19, At Least two States to Provide Corona Virus Comp Benefits, DWC Closes Headquarters and Three WCAB Offices.

March 16, 2020 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Feds Pursue Another Spinal Implant Company for Kickbacks, L.A. Restaurant Fined $2.1M for Wage Theft, Stanislaus Poultry Worker Convicted in Comp Fraud Case, SB 1039 Claims “Binary” Classification of Workers is “Outdated”, Cal/OSHA Interim Guidelines for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), NCCI Reports on Effects of COVID-19 in WC Industry, Coventry Outlines Benefits of a Pharmacy Nurse, Governor Newsom Appoints New DIR Director, Zurich Selects Santa Barbara Company for Fraud Assessments, Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus.

March 9, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $3M Subro Lien Not Defeated by “Virtual Admission” of Employment, Owner of Studio City Sleep Clinic to Serve 3 Years for $11.5M Fraud, San Mateo Physician Faces 20 Years for Illegal Prescribing, Serial Claimant Arrested After 6 Different Fake Claims, Santa Rosa Physicians Face $3.9M Fraud Charges, Novato Uninsured Contractor Arrested – For the Third Time, Coronavirus: Factors for the Insurance Industry to Consider, Spine and Joint Pain Most Costly Health Problem in U.S., DEA Describes the Opioid Supply Chain “Shell Game”, Mitchell | Genex Acquires Coventry Workers’ Comp Services.

March 2, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $1.6 Billion Global Settlement with Opioid Manufacturer Mallinckrodt, 18 States File Lawsuit Challenging Limits to Joint Employer Liability, No Time Limit for Recovery Suits Against Secondary Payers, Judge Issues AB-5 Injunction Against Instacart, Hollywood Pharmacy Owners to Serve 12 Years for $11.8M Fraud, Jury Convicts Manhattan Beach Physician of $700K Fraud, DWC Posts Changes to MTUS and OMFS, FDA to Use Claims Data to Confirm Drug Clinical Trials, 24 Companies Join Blockchain Group to Limit Counterfeit Meds.

February 24, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court Rules Workers Must be Paid for Security Checks, WCAB Allows Non-Comp Evaluations Into Evidence, Sandoz Executive Pleads Guilty in Drug Price Fixing Case, GEICO Uses RICO Statutes to Combat Vendor Fraud, IHOP Cook Arrested for Fraudulent Comp Claim, CMS Implements Penalty Provisions of Rule 111 Reporting, Researchers Improve Design of Robotic Surgery Controller, Coventry Reports Better Claim Outcomes with Nurse Triage, NAIC Lists Top Ten Comp Carriers by Market Share, National Safety Council Launches ” Work to Zero” Safety Report.

February 17, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: AG Suit Claims OptumRX Illegally Gouged Comp Claims, Another California “New-Law-Fail” in Federal Courts, Lawsuits Claim AARP Cheats Policyholders, More AB-5 Unintended Consequences, San Diego Musicians Play Blues Tunes Over AB-5, DWC Announces Online Doctors First Report Pilot Program, Single Point of Failure – Pharmaceutical Roads Lead to China, CWCI Study Shows Decline in Medical Treatment Counts, Disability Discrimination 2nd Highest EEOC Claim, Mike Hessling New Gallagher Basset CEO.

February 10, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Awarded $350M in Suit Against Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens Settles Fake California Pharmacist Case for $7.5M, New O.C. DA Drops “Manufactured” Charges Against Orthopedist, So. Cal. Acupuncturist to Serve 30 Months for $7.1M Fraud, Santa Clara Cop Faces Fraud Charge, SCIF Recovers $159K in Criminal Premium Fraud Case, 215 Biopharma Leaders Pledge to Do a Better Job for Patients, “90210” Star Fights State Farm Claim – and Breast Cancer.

February 3, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Specifies Requirements for 4903.8(d) Lien Declaration, WCAB Claim Tolls Statute of Limitations for FEHA Action, Arch Health Partners Resolves Kickback Allegations for $3M, Convicted Surgeon Extradited from Israel to Serve, Bay Area Medical Device CEO Convicted, Charges Filed in $20M Comp Treatment Kickback Scheme, Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Annual Summary, Looking Back at the Validity of NFL Concussion Claims, Non-Opioid “Stem Cell” Pain Treatment Provides Relief, Insurance Industry Reports Varying Results With Data Analytics.

January 27, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Substantial Evidence Standard Applies to OSHA Appeals, C&R Resignation Resolves Wrongful Termination Claim, Arrests Made for $3.2M Sober Living Fraud, Convicted Long Beach Hospital Owner to Serve 15 Months, L.A. Sheriff Faces Fraud Charges After Fake Sniper Claim, 7th San Diego “Pill Mill” Doctor Pleads Guilty, Study Shows Early PT Reduces Opiate Use and Lost Time, TRISTAR Acquires Aspen Risk Management Group.

January 20, 2020 News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: En Banc WCAB Struggles with AD Over SJDB Jurisdiction, Second Restraining Order Against AB5 Remains in Place, No “Work-Spawned Risk” for Auto Accident After RTW, So. Cal. DME Maker Pays $37.5M to Resolve Kickback Claims, U.S. Attorneys Recover $105M Last Year, Reactions to AB5 Differ in Gig Worker Industry, SCIF Rejects OC Register Suggestion to “Privatize”, Sedgwick Outlines Claim “Conversation Threads for 2020”, Doctors Average 16 Minutes on Record Keeping for Each Patient, Common Myths Make Back Pain Worse.