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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Los Gatos Psychiatric QME Disciplined, Convicted Ortho Dupes California UR Providers, BLS Report Shows Decrease in Work Injuries, Ricardo Lara Likely Next Insurance Commissioner, CDI Approves Comp Rate Lower Than WCIRB Suggests, WCIRB Reports Overall Reduction in Medical Costs, Cal/OSHA Adopts Emergency Form 300A Regs, DWC Announces 26th Annual Educational Conference, Travelers Explores Wearables for Improved Job Safety, FDA Has 200 Submissions for Non-Opioid Pain Products.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Another Drugmaker Settles Kickback Case, Judge Reduces Monsanto Roundup Verdict, Chiropractors and Cappers Charged in Phase II of OC Case, Comp Fraud at UCLA Housing Project, Fraudulent Medical Research at Harvard, Contractor Fined $225K For Nail Gun Safety Violations, WCRI Says California Medical Costs Declining, Cannabis Research – Does it Help You or Hurt You?, Injured Workers Have High Odds of Opioid Addiction, A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB En Banc Decision Provides Guidance on QME Process, Exclusive Remedy No Protection for Uninsured Employer, Written Consent Required for Comp Attorney Referral Fee, EquityComp Arbitration Agreement is Unenforceable, Court of Appeal Denies Tristar Lien Law Challenge, Drug Pricing to Follow “International Pricing Index”, DWC Publishes 2017 Audit Report, WCIRB Reports Payments to Indicted Providers Declines, Outcomes Not Tied to Hospital Accreditation, FDA Approves Smartphone Urine Testing.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: PD Apportionment Has Two-Prong Burden, Uninsured Subcontractor Must Repay Contract Payments, First Comp Providers Finally Join Opioid Lawsuits, San Jose PQME Indicted for Fraud and Illegal Prescribing, LETF Targets Unsafe Car Washes, WCIRB Data Shows So. Cal. Has CT Epidemic, California Comp Costs Moves One Step From Worst, DWC Proposes Revisions to WCIS Implementation Guide, Apple Develops Knee and Hip Replacement Monitoring App, DEA Approves Importing Cannabis for Medical Research.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CVS/Aetna Must Divest Aetna’s Part D Prescription Drug Plan, Convicted Claimant Residence Restrictions Overbroad, Riverside Jury Convicts Former QME for $90K Fraud, Online Dealer Indicted for Fake Oxycoodone Pills, Dairy Worker Sentenced for Faking Injury, NCCI Tracks Key WC “Hot Topics”, Prepaid Debit Cards for California Comp are Not New, Coventry Reports on Topical and Specialty Drugs, Researchers Consider Non-Drug Therapies Over Opioids, Drugmaker Faces Uphill FDA Battle on New Opioid.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: MSP Class Action Rejected in Court of Appeals, Employer Has Only 30 Days to Appeal DOSH Citation, 5 Doctors and 4 “Body Brokers” Face Fraud Charges, MRI Operator Sam Solakyan Indicted for $284M Fraud, So. Cal. Restaurant Workers Recover $1M for Wage Theft, AmerisourceBergen Settles Fraud Case for $625M, DWC Amends Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule, DWC Adds New Chapters to MTUS, Congress Passes $8.5B Opioid Addiction Package, New Injection Stops Knee and Spine Osteoarthritis.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Must Follow Rating Schedule Steps, Claimant Sentenced for Working While on TTD, Hospital Chain Settles Fraud Case for $260M, BBSI Pays $1.5M Penalty -CFO Faces 20 Years in Fraud Case, CDI Streamlines Adjuster Licensing Process, DWC Adopts Geographic Practice Cost Index, Meeting Set to Discuss Med Legal Fee Pushback, Governor Brown Signs and Vetoes Work Comp Bills, Paraplegic Walks With Mayo Clinic/UCLA Implant, Medical Malpractice Now 3rd Leading Cause of Death.

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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”.

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