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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Claim Examiner Tips on Selecting Hip and Knee Replacements. Accrued Vacation Pay Immediately Due Upon Temporary Layoff. Tree Trimming Co. Charged For Premium Fraud/Wage Theft. Charges Filed Against Business Owner Under New Wage Theft Law. Gov. Newsom Vetoes CAAA Sponsored TD Extension – AB 1213. Senators Announce False Claims Amendments Act of 2023. New Law Assists Carriers to Detect Contractor Premium Fraud. Newsom Signs New Law to Reduce Pharmacy Errors. Walgreens to Launch On-Demand Virtual Care This Month. Study of 200K Claims Shows AI Reduces Legal Involvement by 15%.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Felon’s De-facto Control of Mesa Pharmacy Supports Lien Stay. Uber/Lyft Denied Arbitration in Labor Commissioner, AG Actions. Grand Jury Charges Orange County Doctor for $150M Fraud. Mobile Phlebotomy Owners Sentenced for $7.5M Fraud. Employers Face New Law for Harassment in the Workplace. Newsom Vetoes Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers. WCIRB Publishes Second Quarter 2023 Experience Report. Dept of Insurance Fines Insurtech Related Insurance Carrier $2.1M. NSC Releases New Research on Technology to Reduce Work Injury. Federal Medical Cost Reduction Initiative – 10 Year $5.4B Epic Fail.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 3M Resolves Defective Military Earplug Cases for $6 Billion. Court of Appeal Rules Against Cal/OSHA in Valley Fever Case. School District Struggles to Prove Exclusive Remedy for Volunteer. Five Wingstop Restaurants and Owners Cited $3M for Wage Theft. $12.7M in DOL Grants Awarded For Workplace Safety. WCIRB Releases COVID-19 2023 Claim Trends – Update. CWCI Study Shows SB 863 Cost Reductions Bottomed Out by 2015. Costly Healthcare Presumption of AOE/COE Law Failed – This Year. New Law Facilitates Physicians and Dentists from Mexico Program. Biomarkers Can Confirm Long COVID With 94% Accuracy.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Exclusive Remedy Bars Death Claim for Employer’s First Aid. Allstate’s Argument to Avoid Hospital Lien was “Disingenuous”. 9th Circuit Applies SCOTUS Ruling to Affirm Costs in ADA Case. Dismissed Felony Results in City Worker Losing PERS Retirement. Arbitration Fees Must Be Received (Not Just Paid) by Deadline. Sleep Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty to $1 Million Health Care Fraud. Palm Springs Pharmacy Resolves Fraud Claim for $925K. SCIF Alleges it was “Intentionally Mislead” by Dept of Insurance. Hospital Outpatient Costs 58% More than ASCs or Doctors Office. FTC Pushback Over Private Equity Firm’s Medical Practice Buyouts.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Attorney Fees and Costs – “The Tail that Wags the (Litigation) Dog”. Jury Acquits L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy of Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges. Fast Food Unions, Restaurants and Newsom Strike Last Minute Deal. DOL Proposes New Rule for Temporary Farm Worker Protections. OWC Proposes Changes to Longshore Penalty and Penalty Appeal Rules. L.A. County Health Initiative to Pay $1.3M Tt Resolve HIPAA Violations. Sutter Coast Hospital Pharmacy on Probation for “Major Deficiencies”. Firefighter Death Count from Toxic Exposure Increasing 22 Years After 9/11. VR Technology Successfully Used to Train Surgeons and Treat Patients. VA Continues to Fumble Electronic Health Record Rollout.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Rejects Longshore Benefits for Worker Injured at Yacht Club. WCJ Panel Reviews Case Authority to Rescind Stipulated Award for Error. Kaiser Resolves Illegal Disposal of Medical Waste Claim for $49m. New Law Strengthens Prohibitions Against Employee Non-Competition Clauses. Ballot Measure to Make $36B Managed Care Organization Tax Permanent. U.C. Davis Awarded $1.9M Grant to Study Lethal Cancers in Firefighters. FTC and Six States Reach Merger Consent Agreement with Amgen. Recently Retired WCJ Terry Smith Returns to Floyd Skeren Law Firm.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Nunes II En Banc Says Her Arguments Are “Unpersuasive and Inflammatory”. CSU exempt from LC 3802 Requirement to Reimburse Employee Expenses. K-12 Schools May Terminate Staff For Violation of Vaccination Rules. State Farm Prevents Class Action Attempt to Circumvent Policy Terms. Farm Labor Contractor and Two Growers Cited $1.9M for Wage Theft. DOJ Announces Results of Nationwide COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Action. Doctor Pleads Guilty to Using Misbranded Smuggled Drugs on Patients. Healthcare Provider to Pay $5 Million for Alleged False Claims.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Has Difficulty Applying Workplace Violence Law to Work-at-Home. Employer’s Evaluating Doctors Are Also “Employers” in FEHA Class Action. ERISA Allows Class Action Challenge to Health Plan Treatment Guidelines. Last Two of Seven Generic Drug Giants Resolve Criminal Price-fixing Charges. LA/OC Physician to Serve 5 Years for $20M Pharmaceutical Scam. State Auditor Moves EDD to “High Risk” List for Inadequate Fraud Prevention. CMS Updates Section 111 Reporting User Guide to Version 7.3. Business Group Publishes 2024 Large Employers’ Health Care Survey. Liberty Mutual Publishes the 2023 Workplace Safety Index. Startups and Technology Drive Explosive Growth in TPA Market.

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