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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Has Sanctions Jurisdiction After Withdrawal of Lien. Drugmaker Faces Undisclosed Side Effects California Class Action. New WCAB Rules of Practice and Procedure Now in Effect. Cal/OSHA Updates COVID FAQs on Isolation and Quarantines. NCCI Evaluates Various Drug Formulary Implementations. U.S. Postal Service Says it Can’t Comply With OSHA Mandate. UCLA Study – Fast Food Workers at High Risk of COVID-19. California Essential Services Disrupted by COVID Resurgence. Insurance Fraud Detection Market to Reach $12.8 Billion by 2027. Applied Underwriters Announce 2022 Growth Plans.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Top Court Sets Jan. 7 Oral Argument in Vaccine Mandate Appeals. Landmark Tort Claim by Spouse of COVID Infected Worker Affirmed. DCA Clarifies IFPA “First-to-File” Rule in Published Decision. WCAB Panel Rejects Claim of CRPS Total Disability. Lien Claimant Must Meet CCP 473 Criteria for Relief From Default. Secret Service Says Cost of COVID-relief Funds Fraud is $100 Billion. Marketers of Beverly Hills Surgery Companies Guilty of $355M Fraud. Mileage Rate Will Increase to 58.5 Cents Per Mile in 2022. RAND Study Shows 21% Decline in Opioid Prescribing. Global TPA Market to Reach $514.98 Billion by 2030.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: U.S. Top Court to Rule on California Arbitration Agreement Limits. Supreme Court Declines Another Vaccine Mandate Review. WCJ Awards S&W Benefits Against State Agency in Fatality Case. Drugmakers Settle Price-Fixing California Class Actions for $10M. EDD Detects Wave of Health Provider Credentials Fraud. Farm Labor Contractor Charged With $1.8 M Premium Fraud. Public Self-Insured Claims Decline – But Cost of Claims Increase. 2022 Ballot Initiatives Resurrect Malpractice “Tort Wars”. Pfizer Buys Pharma Rival Arena In All-Cash $6.7 Billion Deal. Among County Workers – O.C. Sheriffs Have More COVID Claims.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Roundup Maker Prevails Again – in SoCal Jury Verdict. Federal Court Ends California Generic Drug Price Law. Retired WCJ Correro Clarifies Limits on Developing the Record. Price Gouging Drugmaker Resolves Antitrust Case for $40M. Owner of Multiple Bay Area Clinics Admits Fraud Charges. LAUSD Fires Hundreds of Employees Over Vaccine Mandate. Vaccine Mandate Forces 113 L.A. City Firefighters Off Duty. DWC Updates QME Educational Offerings. FDA Reports 111 Critical Drug Shortages. MEMIC Selects ClaimsPay Platform to Reduce Frictional Costs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court Denies Review of $86.7M Roundup Award. FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Expedited FDA Release of Vaccine Documents. Healthcare Vaccine Mandate Now Blocked Nationwide. Jury Verdict – Pharmacies Held Liable for Opioid Distribution. O.C. Sheriff’s Captain Charged with $17M Premium Fraud. East Bay Doctor Found Guilty of Illegally Prescribing Opioids. S.F. Disbarred Attorney Faces Insurance Fraud Charges. DWC Updates Low Back Treatment Guideline. Advocacy Group Claims PBMs Increase Healthcare System Costs. WCIRB Reviews Frictional Claim Cost Trends.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: OSHA Ordered to “Take No Steps” to Enforce Vaccine Mandate. OSHA Vaccine Mandate Cases Consolidated in 6th Circuit. Texas Sues CMS Over Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate. O.C. Disneyland Cast Loses Minimum Wage Class Action. SoCal Family Sentenced for $20M COVID Relief Fund Fraud. Santa Clarita Man Sentenced for $1.8M COVID-Relief Funds Fraud. Double Dipping Santa Rosa Injured Worker Convicted. City of Oroville and Other Governments Reject COVID Mandates. Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record High During Pandemic. Company Awarded Patent for Exaggerated Injury Detection AI.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Court of Appeals Stays OSHA Vaccination Mandate. Court of Appeal Clarifies Math of Subrogation Recoveries. Opioid Drugmakers Prevail in Second Case This Month. Feds Sue Uber for Overcharging the Disabled in California. LAPD Chief Takes Tough Stance on Officer Vaccination. Angelenos Fight Back Over Strict COVID Rules. Feds Say “Most Truckers” Can Avoid OSHA Vaccination Mandate. California COVID-19 Cases on the Rise Again! New Study of Vaccination Outcomes of 780 Thousand Veterans. Elimination of Pre-authorization For PT Improves WC Outcomes.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Orange County Judge Hands Opioid Makers First Victory in Nation. NCCI Releases Countrywide Court Case Update. Jury Finds SoCal Doctor Guilty of Sales of Unapproved Drug. Unlicensed Agent Arraigned for Stealing $1.4 M in Comp Premiums. Las Vegas Woman Pleads Guilty to $176 K EDD Fraud. OSHA Posts Vaccination Rules for Employer’s of 100 or More. City of LA to Implement Toughest Venue Vaccine Verification Rules. WCIRB Updates COVID-19 Impact Report. FDA Scheduled to Review Merck COVID Pill This Month. Vaccination Mandate Meltdown Increasing Coast to Coast.

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