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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Judge Signs AB-5 Restraining Order for Truckers, Sutter Health Resolves Anticompetitive Class Action for $575M, Mileage Rates Drop to 57.5 Cents in 2020, Reserving Lifetime Medical Award is Getting More Difficult, Drugmakers Start New Year by Jacking Up Prices on 330 Drugs, Tramadol – The Other Opioid Crisis, FDA Issues Nerve Pain Meds Safety Warning, Antibiotic Drugmaker Bankruptcies Spark Crisis, California Pharmacies Fail Drug Take-back/Disposal Study, Canadian Drug Suppliers Decline to Sell to U.S.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: More Lawsuits and Layoffs Follow Passage of AB-5 Employment Law, Privette Doctrine Precludes Security Guard’s Suit, 10 NFL Players Charged with Health Care Fraud, Attorney Lee Mathis Pleaded Guilty – Sentenced to Lompoc, Mid-Wilshire Doctor to Pay $3.4M to Resolve Fraud Claim, Fake Doctor in Fake Long Beach Clinic Sentenced, East Bay Men Arrested for Fake Oxycodone Sales, The Broken FDA Drug Recall System, DWC Updates MTUS Drug List, WCIRB Quarterly Report Shows Escalating Premium Decreases.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Resolves WCAB Concurrent Jurisdiction Issue, Insurers Tell Supreme Court Obamacare was “Massive Bait-and-Switch”, Tort Claim Removable to Federal Court Until Employer Intervenes, San Joaquin County Doctor Indicted, Amador County Staffing Company Owner Sentenced for Premium Fraud, FDA Rapidly Approving Breakthrough Drugs, ACOEM Concerned About Cannabis Legalization and Safety, Apple, Amazon and Google to Take Over Healthcare by 2030, Newly Unsealed Court Records Bad News for Opioid Industry, Sedgwick Institute Book Ponders Future for Work Comp Systems.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Jury Verdict May Bankrupt Strongest Longshore Union, Hospital Groups Sue to Stop Price Transparency Rule, LA Basin Home to Half of Indicted Medical Providers, Drugmakers to Invest $2B in Gene Therapies, Access to Care Threatened by Rural Hospital Closings, Hey – Not So Fast! Treatment Guidelines are Often Wrong, Healthcare Spending Increasing After Recent Declines, WCIRB Finds LA Basin Claims Highest in State, Actuary Finds Self-Insurance Saves 21%, CMS Reporting Threshold Unchanged for 2020.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Failure to Request Second Review Limits Award to Lien Claimant, No Jurisdiction for Applicant Civil Case Against WCAB, WCJ and SCIF, WCAB Decides Objections Not Waived by Failure to Raise in EOR, Daniel Capen Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison, Contractor Sentenced to 10 Years in Premium Fraud Cause, Sutter Hospitals Pay $46M to Resolve Referral Claims, State Auditor Critical of QME Process, IMR Applications Increase for Sixth Consecutive Year, Medical-Legal Fee Schedule Amendments Update, State Agencies Paid $20M Too Much for SCIF Insurance.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: ABC Employment Test Limited to “Wage and Hour Laws”, California Trucking Association Challenges AB-5, Police Officer Fraud Conviction Affirmed Despite Trial Error, Were the NFL Dementia Claims Scientifically Valid, New Rule to Mandate Disclosure of Hospital Charges, Dept. of Insurance Seeks $2B From Opioid Makers for Premium Increases, Bipartisan PAID Act to Resolve MSP Uncertainty, CWCI Reports Opioid Use Declines, Google Collects and Analyzes Patient Health Data in 21 States, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks Distributor Moving HQ From Irvine to Texas.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Extends Litigation Stay for Purdue Pharma, California Insurance Company Placed in Conservatorship, 5 Year Sentence in Merced $6M Medical Fraud Case, China and US Announce Rare Fentanyl Crackdown, DEA Warns: “Mass Quantities” Counterfeit Pills, Air Ambulance Ride to UCLA Cost More than Lung Transplant, Response to AB-5: California Freelancers “Need Not Apply”, Courtroom Secrecy Hides Public Safety Information, 4 in 10 Deal With Weekly Burnout Caused Health Issues, NASI Report – Decreasing Comp Benefits are Inadequate.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: No WCAB Exclusive Jurisdiction Over AOE-COE in CIGA Case, Insurance Fraud Leads to Murder Conviction, Grand Jury to Review Opioid Drugmaker Litigation, Enough Fentanyl Seized to “Wipe Out” Entire State of Ohio, Data Analytics Busts La Jolla Physician, San Diego Military Doctor Signs off on Fake Insurance Claims, Researchers Say Lack of Evidence on Medicinal Cannabis, Researchers Criticise Scientific Basis of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Ride-Share Companies Launch AB 5 Ballot Initiative, New CWCI Study Shows 94.1% UR/IMR Approval Rate.

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