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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Request for New QME Panel for Late Report Must be Timely. Drugmakers Finalize $26B Nationwide Opioid Settlement. Purdue Pharma and Sackler Family Agree to $6B National Settlement. Sutter Health Risks $1.2B in Price Gouging Class Action Trial. Sim Hoffman M.D. Acquitted of Comp Fraud After 10 Years of Litigation. WCIRB Report Focuses on COVID-19 Claims and Long COVID. Newsom Signs Order to Update Workplace Mask Rule. Arthroscopic and Open Rotator Cuff Repair Have Similar Results. Scripps La Jolla Earns Top-Tier Trauma Certification. NAIC Report Shows Travelers Has Largest Comp Market Share.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS to Consider Controversy Over Workers’ Comp Cannabis. WCAB Panel Says OMFS Does Not Apply to V.A. Lien. JPMorgan Chase Sues California for $5.9M Over N95 Mask Fraud. First Prison Inmate Pleads Guilty in $25M EDD Fraud. SEIU Accuses HCA Healthcare of Medicare Fraud. Single-Payer Health Care Initiatives Fail Nationwide. Politicians Object to Facial Recognition Used to Combat EDD Fraud. 25% of Healthcare Workers Likely to Leave Workforce.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 9th Circuit Sends Lyft Drivers A.B. 5 Class Action to Arbitration. Expect Increases in Telemedicine and Healthcare Digitization Fraud. Contracting Company Owners Get Jail Time for $1M Comp Fraud. Last Guilty Plea Wraps Up Fraud Case Involving SUI Investigator. COVID “Misinformation” Wars Reach California Legislature. West Covina Bolts From LA County Dept. of Public Health. DWC Posts Annual Report of Inventory Reminder. WCIRB Releases Multi-Bureau COVID-19 Analysis. Vaxx Wars Heat Up as Kern County Recruits 4K Unvaxxed LA Sheriffs. Survey Shows Fading Enthusiasm for Hybrid Work from Home.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Insurers 1997 “Full Satisfaction” Stips Ends CIGA Other Insurance Recovery. Political “Doorknockers” Litigate For AB-5 Exemption. Psychiatrist With Criminal & Disciplinary Record – Sentenced for WC Fraud. Orange County Medical Fraud Fugitives Ran – But Could not Hide. Illegal Insurance Agent to Serve 4 Years for $1.4M Comp Fraud. EDD Employee to Serve 63 Months for $4.3M Benefit Fraud. DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to QME Regs. California Indoor Mask Mandates Ending – Except for LA County. Hartford Survey Shows 61% Workplace Pandemic Burnout Rate. Bipartisan Synthetic Opioid Commission Publishes Alarming Report.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Opioid Settlements for 400 California Cities, Most States and Tribes. WCAB Panel Clarifies DOI in Continuous Trauma Cancer Case. Cardinal Health to Pay $13.1M to Resolve Kickback Case. Sam Solakyan Sentenced to 5 Years and $30M Restitution. Deal Reached on COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. Few Hourly Workers Compensated for Shift Cuts Required by Law. Push for California Single Payer Health Abruptly Ends. Gov. Newsom Announced New EDD and Cal/OSHA Leaders. Scripps Claims Omicron Surge Winding Down by Early March. Mitchell, Genex and Coventry Publish 2022 Predictions.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Will Workers’ Comp Exclusive Remedy Protect Alex Baldwin? Follow-up on 2019 CDI/Applied Underwriters Pay-to-Play Scandal. Food Processing Co. Owners Face $1.7M Premium Fraud Claim. EDD Says 98% of 27,000 New Providers Likely Fraudulent. Simi Valley Roofing Contractor Guilty of $1.6M Premium Fraud. Fake COVID Test Sites Complicate Adjudication of Comp Claims. DWC Proposes Copy Service Fee Increase From $180 to $230. OSHA Officially Withdraws Vaccine Mandate After SCOTUS Ruling. RAND Reports on COVID Effects on Worker’s Comp Industry. New “Stealth Omicron” Variant BA.2 Found in at Least 40 Countries.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: S.D. Pharmacy Resolves “Red Flags” Opioid Case for $105K. Retired San Jose Cop to Serve 3 Years for $1.1M Premium Fraud. DWC Posts Emergency Med-Legal Evaluation Telehealth Regs. CWCI Opens Registration for 2022 Annual Meeting. COVID Comp Claims Increased 172% in December. Study Shows WCMSA Funds “Robust Tracking System”. California Omicron Wave Shows Signs of Slowing. Swamped San Diego Hospitals Close Doors to New Patients.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Rules Against OSHA Vaccine Mandate. Court Affirms CAL/OSHA Citation for Freeway Construction Injury. UC San Diego Health Resolves Medicare Billing Suit for $3 Million. EDD Suspends 345,000 Suspected Fraudulent SDI Claims. COVID Outbreak Returns WCAB to Telephonic Hearings. Omicron Surge Forces Closure of Northern California Courts. Budget Proposes $4.9 B to Overhaul California Courts. HHS Mandates Insurers Cover At-Home COVID Tests. No Quarantine Requirement for California Healthcare Workers. Study Says Common Cold T-Cells Provide COVID-19 Protection.

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