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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California and U.S. Supreme Courts Face Off over Employer Arbitration. Injured Worker Fails to Prove an “Adverse Employment Action” After RTW. WCAB Panel Says – What Is In The File is Not What Is In Evidence. San Francisco Prevails in 11 Week Opioid Trial Against Walgreens. Is Zantac Litigation a Heads Up for Compensable Consequence Claims? NCCI Publishes New Countrywide Court Case Update. Orange County Man Arrested for Impersonating a Physician – for Years. Legislature “Suspends” Bill Triggered by Insurance Commissioner Scandal. Inflation Reduction Act Funds CMS to Negotiate Drug Prices. DWC Announces Return to In-Person Walk-Throughs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Affirms Apportionment and Clarifies Hikida Rule. WCAB Has No Duty to “Rescue” Applicant From Take Nothing. Attorney General Lawsuit Says CVS Health Abuses its Market Power. Website Only Businesses Exempt from Disability Access Laws. Applicant Arrested Following Surveillance and Social Media Posts. OSHA Repeatedly Cites 1,600 Store Retailer for “Flagrant” Violations. Insurance Commissioner Sues Carrier for Illegal Marketing Tactics. Medicare Reverses Plan To Limit Hospital Safety Data Next Year. City Sues Feds to Keep 150 Year Old 700 Patient Rehab Hospital Open. Major California Employer Places Employee Well Being First.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Denies Injunction Classifying Lyft Drivers as Employees. Settlement of Individual Suit Does Not Bar Employee’s New PAGA Suit. Court Reviews Employer’s Requirement to “Provide” Employees Seating. Right to Arbitrate Ends When Employer Fails to Timely Pay Fees. Teva Resolves Nationwide Opioid Cases – Including California – for $4.25B. Home Health Care Owner to Serve 18 Months for Kickback Scheme. WCIRB Publishes 2022 Quarterly Experience Report. Self-Insured Total Incurred Losses Increased 13.1% Last Year. CWCI Says SB 1127 Reduction of Claim Investigation Time is Unrealistic. Hanover Launches Wearable Sensor Program to Reduce Injuries.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber Resolves Claims for Overcharging People With Disabilities. Trial Set in Insurance Commissioner Lara “Pay-to-Play” Controversy. FBI Recovers Hospital’s Ransomware Payment to North Korean Hackers. Dozens Charged in $1.2 Billion Health Care Fraud Takedown. S.F. Voters Pass New Paid Emergency Leave Effective October 1. EEOC Updates Employer Mandatory COVID Testing Guidance. 400 Truckers at AB5 Protest Shut Down Port of Oakland. CDI Adopts Advisory Rate Lower Than Requested by WCIRB. DWC Clarifies Provider Directory Requirements for MPNs. Amazon Dives into Medicine – Agrees to Acquire One Medical for $3.9B.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Business Owners Allowed to Proceed Against Carrier for COVID Losses. Job Applicants Not Employees When Tested for Drugs. Two Defendants Settle for $54M as SF Opoid Trial Enters Closing Arguments. Arguments Made in 14th Year of Jan-Pro California Wage Theft Case. “Yellowstone” Television Series Actress Faces Comp Fraud Charges. DWC to Re-Adopt Emergency Med-Legal Telehealth Regulations. Orthopedists Increase Use of Orthobiologics Over Surgical Intervention. COVID-19 Returns to Top Five Telehealth Services Nationwide. CHHSA Meets AB 133 July Deadline For Health Data Exchange Network. Controversial New City of LA Healthcare Worker $25/hr Minimum Wage.

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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 Grants Applicant’s Appeal of IMR Determination. Second Suit Follows Unclear Wording of First Suit Settlement Agreement. Federal Judge Gives Opioid Drug Distributors Another Rare Win. Physician’s Wife to Serve 8 Years for Role in $44 Million Insurance Fraud. New ML Fee Schedule Increased Fees More Than Expected. Employers Fail to Keep Food and Farm Workers Safe From COVID. Robert Howell to Run Against Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner. Scripps Makes Merative Top Health Systems List for 6th Time.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Declines Review of California AB 5 – Few Cases Remain. WCAB Notes Procedural Errors in Affirming Home Health Care Award. COVID Is Not a “Natural Disaster” Exempt From WARN Act Notices. Pacific Hospital of Long Beach Accountant to Serve 15 Months. LAPD Officer Arrested for Altering PTP Treatment Notes. July 1 Starts National Game Changing Healthcare Cost Disclosure Rules. WCIRB Annual Report Shows Med-Legal as Largest Cost Increase. Proposed RAMP Act Targets MSP Private Cause of Action Law. DOL Announces $100M Workplace Safety Training Grants. W.R. Berkley to Focus Coverage on Large California Businesses.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Overturns Washington State Workers’ Compensation Law. Supervisors’ Diverse Practices Do Not Rule Out PAGA Class Actions. Lodi Orthopedic Surgeon Convicted for Fraud After 2 Week Jury Trial. EDD Announces Recovering $1.1B in Fraudulent Benefits. NCCI Publishes COVID-19 National Presumptions Update Insight Report. Google/Amazon Spending Billions Developing Healthcare Technology. WCRI Study Finds Telemedicine Utilization Will Remain High. Samuel Hale LLC Announces $50M Captive with Arch Insurance.

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