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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: “ABC” Dynamex Employment Test is Retroactive, 15 Chiropractors Face Fraud Changes, Med-Legal Evaluators Face Fraud Charges, Convicted Vexatious Comp Litigant Arrested Again, HHS Finalizes TV Ads – Drug Price Rule, CHSWC Special Report on PQME Process, Reserving Lifetime Awards – It’s Complicated!, WCRI Panelists Predict Paradigm Shift to Telemedicine, Antidepressants Increase Case Closure Time, CMS “Physician Compare” Website Unreliable.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Another Settlement in State Opioid Litigation, Another Drugmaker Accused of Kickbacks, Hesperia Pharmacist Pleads Guilty in Opioid Case, Broker Prosecuted for 73 Bogus Policies, Counterfeit Oxycodone Online Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty, 90% of Patients Satisfied with Video Visits, Obscure Drug Committees Gain Power, Chamber of Commerce Publishes 2019 Job Killer List, CMS Announces New Payer Recovery Portal, WCRI Study Shows Stable Comp Costs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: FTC Sues Surescripts for Illegal E-Prescription Monopoly, Two More Drugmakers Resolve Kickback Charges for $125M, LC 5814.5 Attorney Fee Requires Specific Award, First Prosecution of CEO and CCO of Large Drug Distributor, Fresno Pharmacist Arrested, CEO of Fresno Drug Treatment Home Indicted, FDA Approves Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray, WCIRB Report Shows Major Decrease in Opioid Use, E-mods Used to Prequalify Contractors for Bidding, Travelers Beats Wall Street Estimates.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Drugmaker’s Unorthodox Bid to Protect Patents – Epic Fail, Sutter Health Resolves Inflated Risk Score Claims for $30M, $100K in Cal/OSHA Penalties for Fatal Injury, Two Employers Fined $300K For Finger Amputation, Car Wash Issued $2.36 Million in Wage Theft Citations, 60 Arrested in National 32 Million Pain Pill Bust, Ringleaders of Sham Clinics Plead Guilty, U.S. Physical Therapy Inc., Acquires Third IIP Company, SCIF Suffers $460M Underwriting Loss – No Dividends.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Employer Has Burden to Obtain Physicians RTW Form, Nurse Indicted for “Darknet” Sales of Opioids, Cannabis Shops – Illegally Uninsured and Tax Evasion, Sutter Medical Center Neurosurgeon Arrested for Comp Fraud, DWC Posts First Report on IBR Since SB 863, Mostly Good News From WCIRB Report, WCIRB Sees No Need for Mid-year Filing, More Gig Workers Seek Exemption from ABC Test, ICD 11th Edition to Include Chinese Medicine, Injured Tesla Workers Claim Foul Play.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Issues Narrow in First Opioid Trial, First Lawsuit Pursues Owners for Purdue Pharma Damages, WCAB Rejects AD Limits on Documents Sent to IMR, Fresenius Medical Care Resolves Corruption Claims for $231M, Monterey County DA Convicts Two Uninsured Employers, Employer Coalition Speaks Out on Dynamax Case, New Mexico Says “Yes” for Cannabis as Opioid Replacement, Employers Must Post New Notices on April 1, DWC Proposes More Changes to MTUS, Travelers Reduces Opioid Use by 40%.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Historic $270M Settlement in First Opiate Trial, Second State AG Investigating PBMs, San Jose QME and Pain Physician Convicted, Stockton Man Convicted for EDD Fraud, HHS Spends $1.4B for State Opioid Response Programs, Cal/OSHA fines Construction Co. for Valley Fever Cases, DWC Adjusts ASC Section of MTUS, WCRI’s 2019 Annual Report Now Online, CHS – An Acute Illness From Cannabis Use, Electronic Health Records – “Death By 1000 Clicks”.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Prosecutors Recover $317M Including $65M from Prime Healthcare, Pain Clinic Resolves Fraud Claim for $860K, California Cannabis Industry Plagued by Corruption, Legislative and Judicial Developments vs Fighting Fraud, DWC Updates MTUS, U.C. Berkeley Claims Gig Economy Workers are “Exploited”, Cannabis and Psychosis: Review of the Evidence, CWCI Reports on Drug Formulary, Surgical Outcomes Inconsistent Across Hospitals, Brown & Brown Acquires MEDVAL LLC.

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