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WorkCompAcademy Weekly News


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Denies Injunction Classifying Lyft Drivers as Employees. Settlement of Individual Suit Does Not Bar Employee’s New PAGA Suit. Court Reviews Employer’s Requirement to “Provide” Employees Seating. Right to Arbitrate Ends When Employer Fails to Timely Pay Fees. Teva Resolves Nationwide Opioid Cases – Including California – for $4.25B. Home Health Care Owner to Serve 18 Months for Kickback Scheme. WCIRB Publishes 2022 Quarterly Experience Report. Self-Insured Total Incurred Losses Increased 13.1% Last Year. CWCI Says SB 1127 Reduction of Claim Investigation Time is Unrealistic. Hanover Launches Wearable Sensor Program to Reduce Injuries.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber Resolves Claims for Overcharging People With Disabilities. Trial Set in Insurance Commissioner Lara “Pay-to-Play” Controversy. FBI Recovers Hospital’s Ransomware Payment to North Korean Hackers. Dozens Charged in $1.2 Billion Health Care Fraud Takedown. S.F. Voters Pass New Paid Emergency Leave Effective October 1. EEOC Updates Employer Mandatory COVID Testing Guidance. 400 Truckers at AB5 Protest Shut Down Port of Oakland. CDI Adopts Advisory Rate Lower Than Requested by WCIRB. DWC Clarifies Provider Directory Requirements for MPNs. Amazon Dives into Medicine – Agrees to Acquire One Medical for $3.9B.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Business Owners Allowed to Proceed Against Carrier for COVID Losses. Job Applicants Not Employees When Tested for Drugs. Two Defendants Settle for $54M as SF Opoid Trial Enters Closing Arguments. Arguments Made in 14th Year of Jan-Pro California Wage Theft Case. “Yellowstone” Television Series Actress Faces Comp Fraud Charges. DWC to Re-Adopt Emergency Med-Legal Telehealth Regulations. Orthopedists Increase Use of Orthobiologics Over Surgical Intervention. COVID-19 Returns to Top Five Telehealth Services Nationwide. CHHSA Meets AB 133 July Deadline For Health Data Exchange Network. Controversial New City of LA Healthcare Worker $25/hr Minimum Wage.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Panel Grants Applicant’s Appeal of IMR Determination. Second Suit Follows Unclear Wording of First Suit Settlement Agreement. Federal Judge Gives Opioid Drug Distributors Another Rare Win. Physician’s Wife to Serve 8 Years for Role in $44 Million Insurance Fraud. New ML Fee Schedule Increased Fees More Than Expected. Employers Fail to Keep Food and Farm Workers Safe From COVID. Robert Howell to Run Against Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner. Scripps Makes Merative Top Health Systems List for 6th Time.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Declines Review of California AB 5 – Few Cases Remain. WCAB Notes Procedural Errors in Affirming Home Health Care Award. COVID Is Not a “Natural Disaster” Exempt From WARN Act Notices. Pacific Hospital of Long Beach Accountant to Serve 15 Months. LAPD Officer Arrested for Altering PTP Treatment Notes. July 1 Starts National Game Changing Healthcare Cost Disclosure Rules. WCIRB Annual Report Shows Med-Legal as Largest Cost Increase. Proposed RAMP Act Targets MSP Private Cause of Action Law. DOL Announces $100M Workplace Safety Training Grants. W.R. Berkley to Focus Coverage on Large California Businesses.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Overturns Washington State Workers’ Compensation Law. Supervisors’ Diverse Practices Do Not Rule Out PAGA Class Actions. Lodi Orthopedic Surgeon Convicted for Fraud After 2 Week Jury Trial. EDD Announces Recovering $1.1B in Fraudulent Benefits. NCCI Publishes COVID-19 National Presumptions Update Insight Report. Google/Amazon Spending Billions Developing Healthcare Technology. WCRI Study Finds Telemedicine Utilization Will Remain High. Samuel Hale LLC Announces $50M Captive with Arch Insurance.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Enforces California Employee Arbitration Agreements. Federal Rules Shortens Time to File Koby Bryant Subrogation. Comp Carriers Prevail in Alleged Claimant Data “Hacking” Claim. Northridge Physician to Serve Time & Pay $9.5M Restitution for Fraud. Owner of Limousine Company Arraigned for Payroll Fraud. Cal/OSHA Proposes Workplace Violence Prevention Plan Expansion. Single-Payer Healthcare Proposals Consider Including Workers’ Comp.
Comp Treatment Faces Shortages of Physicians, Drugs, and Supplies. CalFire Fire Fighters Struggle with Increasing Fatigue PTSD & Suicide. Bay Area Telemedicine Startup Faces FTC Congressional Scrutiny.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Exempts Airline Cargo Loaders from Mandatory Arbitration. WCAB Rules Deposing an Attorney Requires “Extremely Good Cause”. WCAB Decision Compares Medical vs Vocational Apportionment. SDPD Officers File Shooting Range Lead Poisoning WC Claims. High Gas Prices Drive Comp Mileage Rate to 62.5¢ on July 1. Insurance Commissioner Lara Leads in Primary Election Battle. Congress Passes Improved Care for Federal Workers Compensation. Inexpensive Ibuprofen Most “Heavily Used Drug” in Comp Claims. Telehealth Declines Nationally for Second Straight Month. Major Employers Pledge to Reduce Injuries 25% by 2025.

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