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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 9th DCA Rules CIGA Need Not Reimburse Medicare, 9th Circuit Sets Higher Standard for ADA Liability, DWD Unit Must Show No Dependents Exist, Drugmaker Hit With $8B Jury Verdict with 13,400 Similar Cases Pending, So. Cal. Physicians Pay $6.65M to Resolve Fraud Claim, Foremost Shockwave Solutions Waives Liens, New MPN Provisions Apply Over Next Few Years, DWC Orders Three Changes to OMFS, WCRI Reviews Non-Pharmacologic Services for Pain Management, Interactive Policy Year Stats Report – 2019 Now Online.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Another Opioid Case Settles Before Trial, Filing Comp Claim Not Necessarily a FEHA “Protected Activity”, Requirements for SIBTF Benefits Unchanged After SB 899, $2.1B Genetic Testing Fraud Takedown – Largest Ever Charged, Patients Drove 16 Hours for Opioid Prescriptions, Newsom Signs First Responder PTSD Presumption Law, Heart Disease Linked to Pesticide Exposure at Work, CVS Drug Pricing Plan Gains Little Traction, CWCI Reports Steady Decline in Spinal Fusions, NCCI Reviews Air and Ground Ambulance Fees.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Unsigned Policy Limiting Endorsement was “Equitable”, Aliso Viejo Drugmaker Resolves Kickback Claim for $116M, Cardiologist with 25 Year History of Crime – Charged Again, Stolen DEA Numbers Used to Buy Opiates for Darknet, Genetic Testing “Next Big Frontier” in Healthcare Fraud, Adjuster with Multiple Revoked Licenses – Sent to Jail, New Opioid Controls for Injured Federal Workers, DWC Amends DMEPOS Section of Fee Schedule, CIRB Publishes 2020 Plans and Manual, Research Now Shows AI Equal to Human Medical Experts.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: City Atty Sues Instacart Using ABC Employment Test, Opioid Drugmakers Seek to Recuse Federal Judge, Feds Arrest 25 So. Cal. Health Care Professionals, Illegal Pharmaceuticals Openly Sold Across So. Cal., Jury Convicts Prison Worker for Comp Fraud, Benefits Approved for O.C. Deputies Injured in Las Vegas, Governor Signs AB 5 – Gig Workers Become Employees, TTD Rates to Increase 3.84% Next Year, WCIRB Publishes 2019 Quarterly Update, DWC Launches Free Course for Physicians.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: TD Not Required for Medical Appointments After RTW, Saturday is Not a “Working Day” for UR Time Limits, WCAB Panel Circumvents CA Fitzpatrick Rating Standards, Purdue Pharma $12B Settlement Offer Moves Ahead, Man Accused of Premium Fraud Now Faces $30M Tax Evasion, ABC Employment Test Passed by Legislature, New Law Provides California Benefits to Out-of-State Film Workers, SB 731 Limits to Apportionment Remains in Committee, Panel Discusses New Safety Regulations, Insurance Commissioner Under More Ethical Scrutiny.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Drugmaker Resolves Kickback Case for $15.4 Million, 30 Bay Area Defendants Face Health Care Kickback Charges, WCIRB Study Shows Drug Formulary is Effective, AB 5 Moves to Senate With 10 Days Left in Session, DWC Updates MTUS and OMFS, Feds Award $2 Billion in Grants to Fight Opioids, Sackler Family Wealth Survives Proposed $12B Opioid Settlement, League of California Cities Hires Comp Advocacy Group.

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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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