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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Failure to Warn Teacher Supports Serious and Willful Award. Contra Costa Contractor Convicted for $2M Payroll Fraud. Six NFL Players Charged in Superseding Healthcare Fraud Indictment. San Diego Laboratory Pays $49 Million For Fraud and Kickbacks. California Hospitals Appear on Best Ortho Hospital List. Ergonomics a Big Problem for Workers at Home. CMS Announces Webinar on New NGHP Reporting User Guide. DEA Closes and Fines Yreka Pharmacy for Multiple Violations. 4000 Federal COVID-19 Comp Claims Strain Resources. Lawmakers Consider List of COVID-19 New Workplace Protections.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Class Action Claims TeamHealth Inflates ER Charges. MSP Reimbursement Not Time Barred 6 Years Post Settlement. Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations Clash with Employee Rights. DWC Announces New Ethics Committee Appointment. At Least 13 States Considering COVID-19 Liability Limits. Congress Begins Permanent Medicare Transition To Telehealth. AG Approves Sale Of St. Francis Medical Center to Prime Healthcare. Study Says Household Exposure Most Likely Source of Covid-19. Researchers Report on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Masks. Independent Physicians Face Financial Pressure from COVID-19.

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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 Rescinds Some Suspension Orders in September. Mobile Wash New Target of AB-5 Misclassification Suit. San Diego Psychiatrist to Serve 21 Months for Fake Treatment. 27 So. Cal. Nursing Facilities Pay $16.7M for Inflated Medical Bills. Claim Volume Declines as Insurance Fraud Storm Arrives. Major Carriers Report Massive Q2 COVID-19 Losses. WCIRB Expects $1.2B in COVID Comp Claims. Complex Matrix of National Requirements for Job Re-Opening. Smoking or Vaping are COVID-19 Complications Risk Factors. FDA Approves Device Reducing Disc Reherniation Risk.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Rules OSHA Injury Report Form 300 is Not Confidential. Court Jurisdiction in Subrogation Action Ends When Case Dismissed. Privette Doctrine Tested Again in Roofer Fall Claim. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Resolves Kickback Case for $51M. Bay Area Woman Sentenced for Filing $9.5M Fraudulent SDI Claims. Monterey County DA Reports Two Premium Fraud Cases. CASISF Approves 2020-21 $6.5B Alternative Security Program. New Reporting Forms Required for Public Self-Insureds. Smartphones Cause Uptick in Motor Vehicle Accident Comp Claims. Blood Type Research May Support COVID-19 Apportionment.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Tort Claim Rejected for SCIF Refusal to Pay WCAB Order. Texas Supreme Court Approves Limits on Air Ambulance Costs. Injured Worker Mail Order Pharmacy Settles Opiod Suit for $11M. Beverly Hills Doctor Arrested for $52M Insurance Fraud. Telemedicine in Workers’ Comp – New Normal or Fraud Opportunity? California Workers’ Compensation – Where Did $16.1B Go? Researchers Alarmed by Muscle Relaxer Prescription Increase. CSHWC Publishes 2019 Annual Report.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $1M Fees and Costs Awarded in FEHA Claim Following Industrial Injury, En Banc WCAB Adds Disabilities for SIBTF Calculation, L.A. Pharmacist Charged with Price Gouging KN95 Masks, PBS Documentary Investigates Opioid Drugmaker Corruption, 25 Year Veteran CHP Officer Arrested for Comp Fraud, Santa Ana Police Officer Faces Comp Fraud Charges, Three Guilty in $65M Compound Med Fraud Scheme, DWC Proposes Increased Fees for Med-Legal Evals, DWC Sets Online MTUS Public Hearing for July 23, WCIRB Expands Classification Inspection Report Program.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCIF Sent Back to Trial After a 15 Year Premium Collection Effort, S.F. District Attorney Files DoorDash Misclassification Case, Five Charged in Sober Living Facility Insurance Fraud, Global Insurance Fraud Detection Market to Grow 22% Annually, Emergency Regulations Mandate Recalculation of Comp Premiums, COVID-19 Distancing Rules Becoming a “Political Hazard”, DWC Posts Draft Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule, Contracting Industry Injuries Highest in Opioid Use, WCRI Reports on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Regulations, ACOEM Studies Employer Costs for Opioid Use Disorders.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Stipulation to “Upper Extremity” Includes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Workers Sue Amazon Over COVID-19 Working Conditions, 3M Sues California Company Selling Fake N95 Masks, California Agricultural Industry Braces for COVID-19 Claims, Head of Las Gatos Testing Lab Charged with $69M Hoax, Reopenings Continue Despite COVID-19 Hotspots, EU Regulators Join FTC Efforts Against Drugmaker Pay-for-Delay Deals, Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Retracted by Lancet and NEJM, Workers’ Comp Trails Commercial Lines Growth.

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