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July 11, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Grants Applicant’s Appeal of IMR Determination. Second Suit Follows Unclear Wording of First Suit Settlement Agreement. Federal Judge Gives Opioid Drug Distributors Another Rare Win. Physician’s Wife to Serve 8 Years for Role in $44 Million Insurance Fraud. New ML Fee Schedule Increased Fees More Than Expected. Employers Fail to Keep Food and Farm Workers Safe From COVID. Robert Howell to Run Against Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner. Scripps Makes Merative Top Health Systems List for 6th Time.

July 4, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Declines Review of California AB 5 – Few Cases Remain. WCAB Notes Procedural Errors in Affirming Home Health Care Award. COVID Is Not a “Natural Disaster” Exempt From WARN Act Notices. Pacific Hospital of Long Beach Accountant to Serve 15 Months. LAPD Officer Arrested for Altering PTP Treatment Notes. July 1 Starts National Game Changing Healthcare Cost Disclosure Rules. WCIRB Annual Report Shows Med-Legal as Largest Cost Increase. Proposed RAMP Act Targets MSP Private Cause of Action Law. DOL Announces $100M Workplace Safety Training Grants. W.R. Berkley to Focus Coverage on Large California Businesses.

June 27, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Overturns Washington State Workers’ Compensation Law. Supervisors’ Diverse Practices Do Not Rule Out PAGA Class Actions. Lodi Orthopedic Surgeon Convicted for Fraud After 2 Week Jury Trial. EDD Announces Recovering $1.1B in Fraudulent Benefits. NCCI Publishes COVID-19 National Presumptions Update Insight Report. Google/Amazon Spending Billions Developing Healthcare Technology. WCRI Study Finds Telemedicine Utilization Will Remain High. Samuel Hale LLC Announces $50M Captive with Arch Insurance.

June 20, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Enforces California Employee Arbitration Agreements. Federal Rules Shortens Time to File Koby Bryant Subrogation. Comp Carriers Prevail in Alleged Claimant Data “Hacking” Claim. Northridge Physician to Serve Time & Pay $9.5M Restitution for Fraud. Owner of Limousine Company Arraigned for Payroll Fraud. Cal/OSHA Proposes Workplace Violence Prevention Plan Expansion. Single-Payer Healthcare Proposals Consider Including Workers’ Comp.
Comp Treatment Faces Shortages of Physicians, Drugs, and Supplies. CalFire Fire Fighters Struggle with Increasing Fatigue PTSD & Suicide. Bay Area Telemedicine Startup Faces FTC Congressional Scrutiny.

June 13, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Exempts Airline Cargo Loaders from Mandatory Arbitration. WCAB Rules Deposing an Attorney Requires “Extremely Good Cause”. WCAB Decision Compares Medical vs Vocational Apportionment. SDPD Officers File Shooting Range Lead Poisoning WC Claims. High Gas Prices Drive Comp Mileage Rate to 62.5¢ on July 1. Insurance Commissioner Lara Leads in Primary Election Battle. Congress Passes Improved Care for Federal Workers Compensation. Inexpensive Ibuprofen Most “Heavily Used Drug” in Comp Claims. Telehealth Declines Nationally for Second Straight Month. Major Employers Pledge to Reduce Injuries 25% by 2025.

June 6, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court – Missed-Break Premiums Are “Wages” With Penalties. Rite Aide Resolves California Employee Class Action for $12M. Employer is Illegally Uninsured Despite “All States Endorsement” Policy. Most California Vaccine Mandate Legislation Withdrawn for the Year. California Last in 2022 Best and Worst Business Climate CEO Survey. Innovative Robotic Spine Implant Lab Opens in Carlsbad. California Loses 263,000 People and $17.8 B Taxable Income in 2020. Palo-Alto “Pay As You Go” Comp Insurance Grows 20% Monthly.

May 30, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Workers With Mild Symptoms of COVID May Not Be Protected by FEHA. Apportionment Mandatory When Disability Caused by Two CT Periods. Agoura Hills Physician Sentenced Under New Anti-Kickback Law. EDD Faces Another Wave of 47,000 Potentially Fraudulent Claims. Tustin Podiatrist Sentenced After Conviction for Treatment Fraud. Bay Area Rheumatologist Pays $1M For Using Not FDA Approved Drugs. WCIRB Reports Lowest Premium in Decades and Higher Combined Ratios. Vaccine Fail – Moderna Throws Away 30M Doses “Nobody Wants”. Drug Shortages Feared After Closure of Contaminated Irvine Plant. City of San Diego Comp Claims 17% Higher Than Similar Agencies.


May 23, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California is Losing Legal Battles Over Corporate Director Diversity Laws. Murderer Serving Life Sentence is Lead Defendant in $2M EDD Fraud. O.C. Physician Assistant Sentenced for Selling Blank Opioid Prescriptions. Three Face Charges for $128K State Fund Premium Fraud. Multiple Carriers to Share $2.4M Restitution Order After Fraud Conviction. Inflation Triggers Increase in California Minimum Wages. Cal/OSHA Fines Companies $1.75M for Confined Space Fatality. WCRI Studies Chiropractic Care for Workers with Low Back Pain. Probation ends Nurse’s Controversial Conviction for Medication Error. Sedgwick Acquires Orchid Medical a National Care Service Provider.

May 16, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories:
Correctional Officer S&W Award Calc Includes Enhanced IDL Benefit. QME Rules Allow Claimant to Select QME He Previously Struck.Stanford Professor Testifies Against Walgreens in S.F. Opioid Trial. San Mateo Hemp Farm Owner Sentenced for Lack of Comp Coverage. NCCI State of the Line Report Shows WC is “Strong and Healthy”. Cal/OSHA Approves Updated COVID-19 Temporary Standards. Cal Chamber of Commerce Updates 2022 Legislative Job Killer List. Anti-Inflammatory Medications May Increase Long Term Disability Risk. Flu Vaccine May Also Provide Some COVID-19 Protection. Hospitals Face Nationwide Shortage of Contrast Media for CT Imaging.

May 9, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories:
Workers Seek Order Prohibiting WCAB “Grant and Study” Recon Orders. Walmart Avoids $504K in Photo Shoot Model Late Pay Penalties. Temecula Physician to Serve 8 Years for $12M Medicare Fraud. Ruling in Kaiser Fraud Case Illustrates Sophisticated Upcoding Strategies. Biden Signs Law Limiting Employer Arbitration Mandates. Travelers Report Says 35% of Injuries Occur During First Year on Job. Physicians Combine Virtual Reality and Robotics For Safer Surgeries. California Opioid Addiction Physicians Struggle with Sublocade Solution. UCSD Smartphone App Screens for Neurological Disease. New Safety Standards Helps Organizations Prevent Workplace Injuries.