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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber and Lyft Avoid Shutdown With Last Minute Stay. Teva Pharmaceuticals Kickback Case Settled for $3.5M. National Law Review Highlights COVID Litigation Risk. OC Comp Attorney Arrested for Investment Fraud Scheme. Trump Signs Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act of 2020. Mostly Positive News for California COVID-19 Developments. 31,612 California COVID Comp Claims – So Far! Proposed Law Targets Garment Industry Wage Theft. Duke University Studies COVID Mask Effectiveness. 3.8 Billion Views of Misleading Health Info on Facebook.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber and Lyft Ordered to Classify Drivers as Employees. Daly City Restaurant Resolves Wage Theft Claim for $2.6M. Construction Worker Faces Fraud Charges for False Statement. Man Arrested for Selling Fake COVID Medication. Each New Drug Costs $2.6B and Takes 15 Years! WCIRB Suggests 2.6% Rate Increase for 2021. WCAB Expands Hearing Options with LifeSize Video. Conference Call Public Hearing Set for MTUS Update. Surgical Specialties Fees Reduced in 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule. Safeway Store Janitors Protest Limited COVID-19 Safety Gear.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Abbvie Resolves CDI Insurance Fraud Act Claim for $24M. DOL Accuses Uber and Lyft of Wage Theft. Floyd Skeren Firm Outlines COVID-19 Defense Strategies. Indictments Say 10 ChiroMed Operatives Ran “Sham” Clinics. San Jose Cop Faces $18M Payroll Fraud Charges. Claimant Convicted for Forging Medical Reports. CWCI Tracking Tool Reports 14,470 COVID-19 Claims So Far. Healthcare Workers at High COVID-19 Risk Despite PPP. Coventry Workers’ Comp Services Sale Closes. Liberty Mutual Reports $320M Q2 Loss 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: 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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