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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Sustains Gardena PD Service Officer Fraud Conviction. SCIF Claims Adjuster and Chiropractor Face Fraud Charges. San Diego Internist Convicted for Illegal Opioid Prescribing. Technical Training School Owner Sentenced for $30M Fraud. DWC Sets Zoom Hearing on Changes to Med-Legal Fees. National Battle Heats Up Over Future of Gig Economy. WCAB Reinstates 5 Rules in 2 New En Banc Decisions. DWC Adds 11 New Telehealth Codes Into OMFS.
Is Agili-C the Future of Joint Repair? COVID-19 Vaccine Likely by End of Year.


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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Purdue Pharma Agrees to $5.5B Criminal Fines and Penalties. Applied Risk – CDI Conservatorship Battle Goes to Federal Court. Daly City Injured Worker – Triple Dipper – Sent to Jail. Trucking Company Owners Face Premium Fraud Charges. Rapper Arrested for $1.2M EDD Fraud – Exposed on YouTube. LA Clinic Prescribes and Buys Back Opiates for Black Market. CMS Releases New WCMSA Reference Guide (Version 3.2). CWCI Examines 2019 Geographic Adjustment Factors in the OMFS. WCRI Compares 18 States Medical Cost Trends. Marsh Reports COVID-19 Claim Costs Less Than Expected.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Rules Tree Trimmer Amputation “Sudden and Extraordinary”. California Joins in Antitrust Litigation Against AbbVie. Another Opioid Drugmaker Files for Bankruptcy Protection. Santa Monica Woman Guilty of Price Gouging 20,000 N95 Masks. Mitchell Launches Data Explorer to Combat Fraud. NCCI Reports Most COVID Claims are “Small Dollar”. QME Emergency Regs 36.7 and 46.2 Extended to 2021. DWC Adjusts OMFS Pathology Lab Fees, Hospital and ASC Fees. Digital Health Startups are Disrupting Healthcare System.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: LC 5500.5 Contribution Can Be Timely Initiated by DOR. Successor Corporation Not Insured by Existing Comp Policy. Historic Fed Takedown of 345 Healthcare Providers for $6B Fraud. San Diego Lab Pays $3M to Resolve Kickback Case. Sedgwick Launches COVID-19 Reporting Portal. WCIRB Reports 11% Reduction in Premium. Labor Unions Disappointed at Newsom Employment Law Vetoes. Uber and Lyft Face $392M Annual Payroll Taxes if Prop 22 Fails. FDA Approves New Cervical Disc Replacement Design. Next Insurance Expands to 24 Additional States.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCJ Dismisses Michael Barri Liens Worth $18M. TD Required if Modified Work Limited by COVID Restrictions. Hospital Self-Referral Law Violation Settlements Continue Nationwide. Nursery Worker Arraigned for Insurance Fraud. New Law Allows Workers’ Compensation Remote Depositions. Cal/OSHA Cites So. Cal. Groceries for COVID-19 Violations. Cal/OSHA Cites So. Cal. Groceries for COVID-19 Violations. New Law Launches Cal Rx – The State Generic Drug Label. DWC Proposes Changes to Copy Service Fee Schedule. Updated Formulary Indicates New Exempt Anti-Depressants. Gallagher Bassett “Restarting” Systems After Ransomware Attack.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Suit by Restaurant Server Encouraged Drink Limited by Exclusive Remedy. Court Rules Exclusive Remedy Applies to COVID-19 Civil Action. Gilead Sciences Resolves Kickback Case for $97M. Fraudulent EDD Debit Cards Flood Beverly Hills Luxury Shops. Redding Forestry Technician Faces Comp Fraud Charges. Central Valley Farm Worker Faces Felony Comp Fraud Charges. Physicians Sentenced in $65M Compound Meds Fraud Case. Cal/OSHA Cites Police Department for COVID Safety Violations. CWCI Reports 2020 IMR Requests Fell Sharply. Travelers Launches Virtual Ergonomic Assessments.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Recovers $11.8M From Novartis $729M Kickback Case. Agoura Hills Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty in Kickback Case. Agricultural Company Charged for $2.5M Premium Fraud. L.A. Deputy Sheriff Arrested for Comp Fraud. Newsom Signs COVID-19 Presumption Law. AB-5 Exemption for Franchising in CA – Rejected. CWCI Reports on Impact of 20 Years of Medical Reforms. Cal/OSHA Cracks Down on COVID-19 Safety Violations. WCIRB Reports Decline in Overall Medical Payments. Remote Work Incentives Encourage California Exodus.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Ben Affleck Challenges Chubb Over COVID Coverage. “Non-Profit” AARP Criticized for Massive Insurance Profits. Another Kickback Case in Sacramento Facility. EDD Alerts Public on Recent Scams and Fraud Attempts. California “Urgently” Walks Back AB-5 Employment Test. Political Back Story to Gig Worker Law Walk Back. DWC to Resume Lien Trials September 14. WCRI Study Shows Early PT Effective in Spine Injury.

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