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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Adds Instead of Combining PD Ratings, Unlicensed Tree Trimmer v. Homeowner Suit Affirmed, Feds Join 4 Whistleblower Opiate Cases, Illegal Fentanyl Floods California Border, Indicted Owner of Sham Clinics Faces Immigration Charges, 14 California Hospitals Settle Fraud Claims for $65M, WCIRB Proposes 4.5% Rate Reduction, Second WCAB Appointment Has No WC Experience, FDA Rejects Another New Opioid, Another $2B Health Insurance/Pharmacy Merger.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Parties Have no Unconditional Right to PQME, Safety Consultant Owes Duty of Care to Injured Workers, Jury Convicts San Leandro Physician’s Assistant, Nail Salon Cited for $1.2M Wage Theft, DWC Administrative Director Announces His Future Plans, DWC Corrects OMFS to Delete Zero Value MUE, Opioid Use Remains Tenaciously High in the U.S., FDA Rejects Opioid Drug From Controversial Company, Comp Industry Shows Strong Underwriting Performance, New WC Carrier Opens 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: Car Wash Owner to Pay $4.2M to 800 Workers, QME Pleads Guilty in Compound Med Case, Competency Hearing Set For Attorney Lee Mathis, 9 Contra Costa Restaurants Illegally Uninsured, CWCI Examines Prescription Drug UR/IMR, Costly MSAs – Are You Out of Options?, Drug Distributor Stocks Tumble Over Uncertainty, Cash for Medication is Less Than Co-Pay With Insurance, Fed Pressure Forces Merck to Cut Drug Prices.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Medical Marijuana Ordered for NJ Claimant, DCA Affirms Fraud Conviction Restitution Order, Physician Indictments Snares So. Cal. QME, Corona QME Charged with Fraud – Keeps License, Last Pain Clinic Defendant Pleads Guilty, L.A. Times Expose Features LAPD Comp Fraud, LAPD Employee Sentenced for Fraud, WCAB Updates Subpoenas – Do You Need Them?, New Non-Opioid Pain Killer in Late Stage Trials, InsurTech Pilot Launches Farm Worker Program.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: No Medical Marijuana for Maine Injured Workers, Former NBA Player to Serve 5 Years for Fraud Scheme, So. Cal. Man to Serve 26 Years for Counterfeit Opioids, Santa Maria Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty, DWC Announces New Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Cal/OSHA Fines Company $205K for Forklift Fatality, First 3D Color X-ray Dramatically Improves Diagnostics, Drug Makers Slammed for Recent Price Hikes, FDA Okays Late-Stage Trials of Non Opioid Pain Drug, Five Carriers Form Blockchain Alliance for Claims.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Daniel Capen M.D. – and Dozens More – Indicted, Southland Psychiatrist Arrested, So. Cal. Pharmacy Settles DEA Charges, $647K in Penalties for Farm Labor Wage Theft, Drugmakers Battle PBMs Over Copay Manipulation, Jones Targets Comp Carrier Profits and Tax “Savings”, Gov Brown Appoints Non-Attorney to WCAB, AI Defeats Physician In Diagnostic Competition.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: No Jurisdiction Over NFL Player’s Injuries – Affirmed, Illicit Opioid Sales Skyrocket on “Dark Net”, Uninsured Contractor Pleads Guilty, WCIRB Says 2017 Combined Loss Ratio Drops to 91%, WCIRB Considering Use of Blockchain Technology, Janitorial Companies Face July 1 PSWPA Registration Deadline, 2019 TTD Rates to Increase Nearly 3%, Robotic Doctor Passes Medical License Exam, Silicon Valley High Burn Out Rate Health Risks, FDA Approves First Cannabis Based Drug.

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