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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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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: County of L.A. Pre-Employment Physical Case Settles for $.5M, Discrimination for Refusal to Hire Medical Marijuana Home User, Surveillance Convicts Nursing Assistant, Man Sentenced for Pharmaceutical Trafficking, Senators Want the VA to Prescribe Marijuana to Vets, New Concept – High Impact Chronic Pain (HICP), RAND Says 1/3 of Opioid Prescriptions Unjustified, Scientists Re-generate Wound Tissue, Person Behind Opioid Epidemic Patents Addiction Treatment, New Study – Why Do Some Feel More Pain?

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Cal Chiropractic Association Sues One Call Medical, Popular Ortho AME to Serve 7 Years for Child Pornography, Six L.A. Garment Contractors Fined $5 Million, DIR Reports IMR Efficiently Resolves Disputes, WCIRB Quarterly Update – Mostly Good News, Anti-Anxiety Drug Abuse Overtaking Opioids, 2018 Drug Prices Fell 5.8% in Second Quarter, 14% of Pharmaceuticals May Be Fake.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Employers Favor Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, Two Arrested in Decade-Long Underground Economy Fraud Scheme, Employer Fights Bizarre Fraud Conviction for 15 Years, Saratoga Physician Sentenced to 63 Months, Ethics Committee Publishes Report of WCJ Investigations, Congress Again Attempts MSA Reform Bill, California Hospital Chain Files for Bankruptcy, Gabapentin (AKA “Gabbies”) Addiction Abuse Rising, Compound Med Costs Continue to Decline, Atlas General Now Covers California Cannabis Industry.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CompPartners Prevails in California Supreme Court, 100% Awards Increasing with VR Experts, Lack of “Animus” Evidence Defeats FEHA Claim, Operators of So. Cal. Staffing Companies Face Fraud Charges, Jury Convicts Lancaster Physician in Kickback Case, Woman to Serve 30 Months for EDD Fraud, Fresno Orthopedist Practicing with Suspended License, Are You Ready For a Facebook MRI, HHS to Eliminate PBM Rebates to Lower Drug Costs, CWCI Studies Polypharmacy Claims.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Invalidates AD Dispute Resolution Regulation, Jury Awards $289M to Injured Groundskeeper, Court Denies Peyman Heidary Indictment Appeal, CDI Has 57 Unfilled Fraud Investigator Jobs, Opioid 2019 Production “Quotas” Reduced 10%, Cal/OSHA Fines Advertising Company $32K, Express Scripts to Market $1M Genetic Pill, AI Accurately Diagnoses 50 Eye Conditions, MRI Scans – Maybe Not So Safe After All, Industrial Auto Accidents are Increasing.

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