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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 Affirms $25M Roundup Pesticide Award in California Case. Worker’s Injury Suit Against Employer Dismissed. Flooring Co. Owners Face $3.8M Premium Fraud Charges. California Black Market Drugs Sold to Prescription Drug Customers. San Diego County Targets Employers for Labor Violations. New Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Predicted to Cost $270M. WCIRB Quarterly Report Mostly Good News Despite Pandemic. WCRI Releases 13th Edition of Medical Price Index. Alabama Becomes the 37th Medical Marijuana State. SCIF to Install 150 Solar EV Charging Stations at 7 Facilities.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Sexual Exploitation by PTP Causes New Compensable Injury. See’s Candies Wins Meal Break Class Decertification Victory. Laguna Hills Assisted Living Facility Pays $159K For Wage Theft. New CDC Relaxed Mask Mandate Frustrates and Confuses Employers. CWCI Analysis Critical of SB 335 Shortened Denial Time. WCIRB Publishes September 1, 2021 Experience Modification Estimator. NCCI Reports Insurers Have Profitable Year With 87% Combined Ratio. DWC Adds Anxiety Disorders to MTUS. WCRI Reports on Rising Hospital Outpatient Costs. Travelers Wellness Survey Shows Pandemic Resilience.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Central Valley Employer Faces $1M Premium Fraud Charges. Bay Area Contractor Gets Jail Time for Comp Fraud. Santa Ana PD Officer to Serve Six Months for Comp Fraud. Pharmaceutical Company Resolves Kickback Charges for $12.6M. Claimant Caught Working as Bartender While on TTD. Newsom Reappoints Katherine Zalewski as WCAB Chair. Comp Underwriting Profitability Remains Stable During Pandemic. 3D Printed Pills on Future Pharmaceutical Landscape. NSDUH Recommends Routine Screening for Cannabis Use. NCCI Economic Briefing Predicts End of COVID Recession.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Appellate Court Orders Trucking Companies to Comply AB-5. Owner Pleads Guilty for $31M Home Health Care Kickback Scheme. DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to the QME Regs for Comment. DIR Publishes Annual IMR Report. DWC Posts Zoom MLFS Questions and Answers Sessions. D-I-R Launches New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Navigation Tool. New COVID-19 Cases Fall 16% in U.S. FDA Approves New Spine Surgical Robotics. Precision Medicine Initiative Takes On Trauma Patients. NWCDC Panelists Discuss Inappropriate Use of Off-Label Drugs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Former EDD Employee Pleads Guilty to $200K EDD Fraud. Farm Labor Contractors Charged for $1.42M Premium Fraud. Sacramento Welder Faces Two Felonies for Fake Head Injury. H.R. 1996 Protects Carriers From Prosecution for Pot Industry Coverage. CSU and UC Systems to Mandate COVID Vaccinations for RTW. Cal/OSHA Cites Employer $108K for Fatal Injury. Merck Drug Shows “New Hope” for COVID Treatment. RIMS LIVE 2012 to Discuss Virtual End-to-End Care. Rapid Expansion Ahead for SmartPay Pay-As-You-Go Comp. New Mitchell Comp Survey Supports Telemedicine Adoption.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: San Jose Employer Faces 20 Premium Fraud Felonies. SoCal Chiropractor Sentenced for $6.6M Comp Kickback Scheme. Residential Care Facility Owner Indicted for $1M Premium Fraud. Simi Valley Contractor Pays SCIF $152K for Premium Fraud. DFEH Publishes Guidance on Employer Mandated Vaccinations. DWC Moves Eureka Office Permanently Online. NCCI Surveys Employer Post-Pandemic Workplace Plans. WCRI Study – California Claim Costs “Mostly Stable”. CMS Publishes Section 111 Reporting Guide Version 6.3. Industry Leaders Oppose Statewide MPN for WC Treatment.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Employers Sued for Not Reimbursing Home COVID Expenses. Health Net Pays $97M to Resolve Inflated Charges Claim. Employers/Carriers Recover Fraud Investigative Costs. Firefigher -Iron Man Triathlete – Owes $198K Fraud Reimbursement. Even Rhode Island Fraudsters Easily Steal EDD Cash. Ojai Gardner Admits $30.5 K Comp Premium Fraud. Worker’s Comp Legislative Conflict “Heating up Again”. DWC Updates COVID MTUS Guideline. CWCI Reports IMR Request Volume at All-Time Low. Applied Underwriters Featured in New TV Series.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Orange County Recovery Center “Body Broker” Arrested. Santa Clarita Employer Pleads Guilty to $1.8M SBA Covid Fraud. Pharmacist Sentenced to Only 6 Months for $200M Comp Fraud. Covid Cases Surge in Silicon Valley. South Coast Gymnastics Cited for 1.3 Million Dollar Wage Theft Violations. Experts Say Long Term Covid Health Effects Difficult to Predict. New Med-Legal Fee Schedule Effective April 1. New Law Requiring Additional Covid Sick Leave Now in Effect. California Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.5%. 2017 Insurance Start-Up Expands Rapidly in Comp Market.

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