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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Says “No Alternative Track” to Dispute UR, Opioid Drugmaker Loses First Opiate Trial, Authorities Grab 52,000 Pounds of Illegal Fentanyl, “Oxygod” Sentenced to 17.5 Years for Fake Pills, O.C. Physician Assistant Indicted in Opioid Case, $90M Ballot Initiative Against ABC Employment Test, OxyContin Maker Tenders $12B Settlement Offer, Opioid Drugmakers Open New Markets in India, SCIF Declares $105 Million Dividend, UR Process “Ripe” for Automation.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: More Opioid Drugmakers Settle Claims, Panel Affirms 132a Award and Clarifies “Lauher” Standard, Conviction Illustrates Dark Web and Drugs, Charges Against 4 Doctors Dismissed in Orange County, Owners of Sushi Restaurants Guilty in Premium Fraud Case, Oxnard Field Worker Convicted in Fraud Case, Patients Over Paperwork Initiative Targets $39B in Costs, WCAB Proposes Regulation Changes, NCCI Reviews Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation, Task Force Suggest Physicians Screen for Illegal Drugs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Is Health Care Fraud Really This Easy???, Victorville Pharmacist to Serve 5 Years in Prison, Roofer Sentenced in $1M Premium Fraud Case, Generic Drugmakers Accused of Stonewalling Price Probe, Canada Forces $10B Reduction in Drug Prices, Employer Supports Surgeries in Foreign Hospitals with US Physicians, Few Patients Benefit from Meniscus Surgery, Scientists Report Emerging Role of Schwann Cells in Neuropathic Pain, Opioid and Cannabis Co-Use Increases Anxiety and Depression.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Opioid Settlement Negotiations – $45B Demand and $10B Offer, Victorville Physician Convicted for Illegal Opioid Prescriptions, Another SJDB Vendor Under Investigation, School Bus Driver Convicted in Comp Fraud Case, NCCI Reports on Regulatory and Legislative Trends, DWC Proposes Increases to Med-Legal Fees, WCIRB Proposes 5.7% Rate Reduction, California Written Premiums to Drop by $1B, RAND Reports on Firefighter Musculoskeletal Disorders, Officials Warn: “Fentanyl Crisis Raging in San Diego”.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Disability and Wage Loss Not Inconsistent in Discrimination Case, Angel Transportation Loses Claim for $1.2M in WCAB Liens, So. Cal. Trucking School Submits $4M Fake Training Claims, Spinal Implant Company and CEO Face Fraud Claims, Director at Cedars-Sinai Faces Child Porn Charges, Proposed Regs Increase Copy Service Fees, Surgical Risk of Death Highest After Going Home, Insurance Commissioner Faces Ethics Investigation, Self-Insured Program Frees up $6B in Working Capital, 2018 WCJ Ethics Committee Finds Four Violations.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $2B Roundup-Cancer Jury Verdict Reduced to $87M, $13.4M Restitution Affirmed in Largest Premium Fraud Scam, Drobot to Plead Guilty – Faces 50 Years – in NEW Case, Patient “Recruiter” Pleads Guilty in $65M Case, Man Convicted of Stealing Medicare Set Aside Funds, Truck Driver Jailed for Comp Fraud, Chief Judge Says “Degradation of Civility” at WCAB, Applied Underwriters Fined $3 Million for Side Agreements, Self-Insured Employers Claim Frequency Increasing, Study Reviews Side Effects of Short Term Opiates.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Releases DEA Records on 76 Billion Opioid Pills, Employer Escapes SCIF Premium Default Judgment, Pharmaceutical CEOs Now Face Criminal Prosecutions, Dolphus Pierce D.C. Comp Fraud Conviction Affirmed, Couple Convicted of Manufacturing Fake Oxycodone, Feds Say San Diego “Gateway for Fentanyl”, CDC Reports Drop in Overdose Deaths, Presidential Candidates Plan to Lower Drug Costs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Blocks HHS Drug Price TV Ads Disclosure Rule, Drugmaker Pays $1.4 B to Resolve Fraud Claims, $6M Fraud Verdict Against “Sham” Attorneys Affirmed, LAPD Officer Pleads No-Contest to Comp Fraud, Feds Withdraw Proposed Drug Rebate Rule, Congress Pressures FDA for Cannabis Regs, Cal/OSHA – $68K in Fines for Confined Space Violations, Psychiatric Diagnosis are “Scientifically Meaningless”, Sedgwick to Acquire York Risk Services.

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