Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: AI Device Restores Function So Paralyzed Patient Can Walk. Sunnyvale Company Announces AI Underwriting for Work Comp. California Supreme Court Expands Employee Whistleblower Protections. Santa Clara Jury Awards $2M to Deaf Package Handler for Discrimination. Worker’s FEHA Action Rejected in Case Arising Out of Flu Vaccine Refusal. Handy Technologies Resolves Misclassification Claims for $6M. NSC Publishes Research on Improving Workplace Safety with Robotics. CWCI Studies Low-Volume – But High-Cost Driver Drugs. FTC Targeting Drugmaker Mergers and PBM Industry Middlemen. Arbitrator Awards Humana $642M in Walgreens Pricing Dispute.
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Clarifies Employer’s Right to Depose Roommates in COVID Claim. Hotels & Restaurants Face Massive Litigation Over Tip Distribution. LAUSD Prevails in Injured Worker Failure to Accommodate Claim. FEHA Arbitrator Decisions are Final and Not Ordinarily Reviewable on Appeal. California Man Convicted for $28M Health Care Kickback Conspiracy. Employer Agrees to Resolution of $1.7M Premium Fraud & $437K Wage Theft. New York 2022 Annual Workers’ Comp Fraud Report Shows 30% Increase. WCIRB Releases Fourth Quarter 2022 Experience Report. Newsom Signs New $150M Emergency Bill to Bail Out Failing Hospitals. 2022 IMR Medical Dispute Resolution Requests Hit Record Low.
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Silicon Valley AI Company Makes InsurTech Top 100 List. Screenwriters Union Fighting Off Industry Wide AI Adoption. Specific Findings Required for Ordering One Carrier to Pay CT Benefits. SJDB Voucher Not Required in Total Disability Case. Rise in Occupational Silicosis Triggers 17 L.A. Lawsuits and Cal/OSHA Action. Former Modesto Doctor Pleads Guilty to Illegally Prescribing Opioids. NLRB Reverses Discipline Rules for Egregious Protected Activity Misconduct. Proposed Amendments to QME Regulations in Final Stages. $22M Donation to UCSD Health for AI Healthcare Launch. Rochelle Walensky Abruptly Resigns as C.D.C. Director.
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CorVel Announces AI Powered Claim Processing Initiative. Google AI Technology Passes US Medical License Exam. WCAB Finds Rule 10133.31(c) is “Antithesis of Substantial Justice”. Court Reinstates Billing Class Action Against Modesto Hospital. 187 Tow Truck Employees Recover $2.9M in Wage Theft. Beverly Hills Surgeon Resolves Fraud Claims for $24 Million. Merced Family Charged in $2.1M Payroll Fraud Schemes. NFL Faces CA/NY Attorney Generals Hostile Workplace Investigation. OSHA Announces Program to Reduce, Prevent Workplace Falls. AMA and 100 Provider Groups Fight Cigna Fee Schedule.
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Failure to Prove Regulatory Compliance Ends Employer Medical Control. Arbitration Agreement Legalese & Unreadable Fine Print Is Not Unconscionable. Toluca Lake Man Accused of Impersonating a Doctor for Several Years. Bakersfield Pain Management Physician Sentenced for Tax Evasion. $1.47M Settlement Resolves Poultry Processor Wage Theft Citations. New Federal Workers Comp Program OIG Audit Shows Epic Failure. LA Metro Union Station Resolves “Long List” of ADA Violations. Legislature Seeks to Lower Burden of Proof to Discipline Physicians. ChatGPT Answers Beat Physicians in JAMA Internal Medicine Study. Sedgwick Launches OpenAI GPT-4 Tools for Work Comp Claims.
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Communications With QME About Depo Fees Cannot Be Ex-Parte. NFL Successfully Defends Players’ “Painkiller Culture” Lawsuit. 9th Circuit Rejects Arbitration of Amazon Spying-on-Drivers Case. Hearst Resolves 56 Misclassified Employee Class Action for $1M. Cal/OSHA Pursues Criminal Prosecution Following Confined Space Deaths. Beverly Hills Surgeon Sentenced to 7 Years for $355M Insurance Fraud. Owners of Fresno Security Business Accused of $1.6M Premium Fraud. Orange County Doctor Arrested for $153M Insurance Fraud. Pharmaceutical Mergers and Acquisition Activity Leads to Higher Prices. JAMA Study on Telehealth Triggers Support From CDC.
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: O.C. Restaurant Loses Battle For COVID Closure Insurance Coverage. L.C. 515.7 Limiting Wage Statement Claims is Not Retroactive. San Diego Surgeon Faces Murder Charges following Patients Death. 12 Suspects Face 110 Felonies in Disability Insurance Fraud Scheme. Five Defendants Face WorkComp Premium Fraud Charges. California Chamber of Commerce Published 2023 List of “Job Killer Bills”. Auditor Suggest State Bar Improve Integrity of Attorney Probes. Is New CRISPR Technology Drug Cost Effective at $1.9M for a Single Dose? Aggressive Marketing Pays Off For Specialty Drugmaker. Newsom v Wallgreens – Walgreens Seems to Be Winning (So Far).
Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Homeowner is Employer of Uninsured Licensed Contractor’s Worker. WCAB Panel Affirms WCJ Discretion to Deny PD Overpayment Credit. Judge Allows L.A. Ballot Initiative to Cap Hospital Executive Pay. Co-Employee Named in Tort Action Can Exercise Employer’s Arbitration Rights. Garden Grove Pharmacist Resolves Fraudulent Billing Claims for $4M. California Nurses Association Sponsors A.B. 1156 Presumed Injury Law. VA Delays Rollout of Troubled $16B Electronic Medical Records System. The Joint Commission Annual Review Shows 19% Sentinel Event Increase. Telehealth Utilization Increased Nationally in January 2023. Labor Department Survey Shows Reduction in Telework.