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WorkCompAcademy Weekly News


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories:
Workers Seek Order Prohibiting WCAB “Grant and Study” Recon Orders. Walmart Avoids $504K in Photo Shoot Model Late Pay Penalties. Temecula Physician to Serve 8 Years for $12M Medicare Fraud. Ruling in Kaiser Fraud Case Illustrates Sophisticated Upcoding Strategies. Biden Signs Law Limiting Employer Arbitration Mandates. Travelers Report Says 35% of Injuries Occur During First Year on Job. Physicians Combine Virtual Reality and Robotics For Safer Surgeries. California Opioid Addiction Physicians Struggle with Sublocade Solution. UCSD Smartphone App Screens for Neurological Disease. New Safety Standards Helps Organizations Prevent Workplace Injuries.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Privileges Protect CIGA and TPA From PTP Defamation Action. WCAB Reverses AOE/COE Using Substantial Medical Evidence Rules. 9th Circuit Reverses Prison Guard Vaccination Order. Californians Involved in Nationwide Health Care Fraud Takedown. $3.8M in COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Violation Citations. Torrance Car Wash Cited for $800K Wage Theft. GAO Audit Finds “Political Interference” With CDC and FDA Findings. Med-Malpractice Payout Limits to Increase in Deal With Legislature. Cal/OSHA Board Approves New COVID Rules Starting in May. WCRI Publishes Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2022.

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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 to Resolve Employer’s Liability for Take-Home COVID. WCAB Panel Finds California Jurisdiction for Professional Athlete’s Claim. Court Broadly Construes “Employment” for Exclusive Remedy. So.Cal. Chiropractor to Serve 6 Years for $2.2M Fraud. Proposed Department of Insurance Ethics Law Ends Without Vote. WCIRB Advisory Premium Rate to Increase 7.6% in September. California Closes Troubled COVID-19 Lab and $1.7B Contract. Carlsbad Startup Developed 3-D Printed Titanium Spinal Implants. Battle Lines Drawn Over California Deal With Kaiser Permanente. DFEH Lawyer Quits in Protest of Newsom’s Meddling in Activision Case.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Law Firm Accused of $5M ADA Shakedown of Small Businesses. San Francisco Scheduled to Start Opioid Lawsuit Trial. Interest Calculation Clarified in Uninsured Employer Restitution Order. After 8 Years of Litigation, Major O.C. Comp Fraud Case Dismissed. Santa Clarita Contractor Arraigned for Premium Fraud. Audit of California State Bar Discipline System Confirms Epic Failures. NSC Helps Employers Build Business Case for Safety Innovation. Largest Hospital Systems Ignoring 2 Year Old Price Transparency Law. Sedgwick Publishes Commentary on Long COVID Claims. AF Group Announces Acquisition of AmeriTrust Group.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Orthopedist Lacks Expertise to Add vs Combine Internal Disabilities. Truck Driver Hit by Train Was “Sudden and Extraordinary”. Court of Appeal Clarifies Time for Service for Out-of-State Administrator. Injured Worker Has Two Years to File Wrongful Termination Claim. NFL Teams Sue Two Players Over California WCAB Jurisdiction. Uber Settles California Classification Class Action for $8.4M. Managing Drug Costs – What Can Go Wrong With That? Workers’ Positive Drug Tests Hit Two-Decade High. Telehealth Utilization Growth Continues for Third Straight Month. Nurse’s Conviction for Medication Error is Demoralizing the Profession.

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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 Properly Serve UR Determination Ends Ongoing RFAs. State Auditor Finds Large-Scale Hospice Fraud in Los Angeles County. EDD Faces New Scammers Sending Fake Text Messages. Ventura Farm Labor Contractor Pleads Guilty to Premium Fraud. Former O.C. Cop Pays Over $5.2M Restitution for Premium Fraud. CMS Releases WCMSA Reference Guide Version 3.6. Increase in Pharmacist Prescribing Privileges Heats Up Turf War. Gabapentinoid Abuse May Replace Opioids In Industrial Claims. New National Study Shows 7,060% Increase in Telehealth Utilization. 2022 Comp Trends Report Shows Increased Use of Technology.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Calif. Supreme Court Clarifies L.C. Whistleblower Protections. Carriers Exempt From Insurance Frauds Prevention Act Liability. Insurance Survey Says Fraud Accounts for 10% of Claims Cost. IMR Reviews Hit All Time Low in 2021. CHSWC Annual Report Estimates COVID Costs at $1.25 Billion. California “Test to Treat” Facilities May be COVID Game Changers. Modesto Wastewater Surveillance Key to Early COVID Detection. Scientists Unsure if BA.2 Variant Will Cause Another U.S. Surge. Experts Say Drugmakers Influence Clinicians One Meal at a Time. State Fund Announces $55M Dividend to 2021 Policyholders.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Clarifies Requirements for Reopening an Award. WCAB Panel Reviews Case Law Allowing Minor Pleading Errors. 9th Circuit to Rule on Federal Preemption of California Sick Pay Law. After Ten Years of Litigation – Jury Clears Sutter Health of Antitrust Claim. Pain Clinic Chain with 20K Patients Abruptly Closes Under Investigation. Judicial Council Votes to Rescind Covid-19 Superior Court Rules. Newsom Proposes New Office of Health Care Affordability. Scientists Report on the Pandemic Related Research Sliver Lining. Researchers Study Use of Plastic Barriers On COVID-19 Transmission. Google Announces New Technology For Electronic Health Records.

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