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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: City Atty Sues Instacart Using ABC Employment Test, Opioid Drugmakers Seek to Recuse Federal Judge, Feds Arrest 25 So. Cal. Health Care Professionals, Illegal Pharmaceuticals Openly Sold Across So. Cal., Jury Convicts Prison Worker for Comp Fraud, Benefits Approved for O.C. Deputies Injured in Las Vegas, Governor Signs AB 5 – Gig Workers Become Employees, TTD Rates to Increase 3.84% Next Year, WCIRB Publishes 2019 Quarterly Update, DWC Launches Free Course for Physicians.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: TD Not Required for Medical Appointments After RTW, Saturday is Not a “Working Day” for UR Time Limits, WCAB Panel Circumvents CA Fitzpatrick Rating Standards, Purdue Pharma $12B Settlement Offer Moves Ahead, Man Accused of Premium Fraud Now Faces $30M Tax Evasion, ABC Employment Test Passed by Legislature, New Law Provides California Benefits to Out-of-State Film Workers, SB 731 Limits to Apportionment Remains in Committee, Panel Discusses New Safety Regulations, Insurance Commissioner Under More Ethical Scrutiny.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Drugmaker Resolves Kickback Case for $15.4 Million, 30 Bay Area Defendants Face Health Care Kickback Charges, WCIRB Study Shows Drug Formulary is Effective, AB 5 Moves to Senate With 10 Days Left in Session, DWC Updates MTUS and OMFS, Feds Award $2 Billion in Grants to Fight Opioids, Sackler Family Wealth Survives Proposed $12B Opioid Settlement, League of California Cities Hires Comp Advocacy Group.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Says “No Alternative Track” to Dispute UR, Opioid Drugmaker Loses First Opiate Trial, Authorities Grab 52,000 Pounds of Illegal Fentanyl, “Oxygod” Sentenced to 17.5 Years for Fake Pills, O.C. Physician Assistant Indicted in Opioid Case, $90M Ballot Initiative Against ABC Employment Test, OxyContin Maker Tenders $12B Settlement Offer, Opioid Drugmakers Open New Markets in India, SCIF Declares $105 Million Dividend, UR Process “Ripe” for Automation.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: More Opioid Drugmakers Settle Claims, Panel Affirms 132a Award and Clarifies “Lauher” Standard, Conviction Illustrates Dark Web and Drugs, Charges Against 4 Doctors Dismissed in Orange County, Owners of Sushi Restaurants Guilty in Premium Fraud Case, Oxnard Field Worker Convicted in Fraud Case, Patients Over Paperwork Initiative Targets $39B in Costs, WCAB Proposes Regulation Changes, NCCI Reviews Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation, Task Force Suggest Physicians Screen for Illegal Drugs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Is Health Care Fraud Really This Easy???, Victorville Pharmacist to Serve 5 Years in Prison, Roofer Sentenced in $1M Premium Fraud Case, Generic Drugmakers Accused of Stonewalling Price Probe, Canada Forces $10B Reduction in Drug Prices, Employer Supports Surgeries in Foreign Hospitals with US Physicians, Few Patients Benefit from Meniscus Surgery, Scientists Report Emerging Role of Schwann Cells in Neuropathic Pain, Opioid and Cannabis Co-Use Increases Anxiety and Depression.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Opioid Settlement Negotiations – $45B Demand and $10B Offer, Victorville Physician Convicted for Illegal Opioid Prescriptions, Another SJDB Vendor Under Investigation, School Bus Driver Convicted in Comp Fraud Case, NCCI Reports on Regulatory and Legislative Trends, DWC Proposes Increases to Med-Legal Fees, WCIRB Proposes 5.7% Rate Reduction, California Written Premiums to Drop by $1B, RAND Reports on Firefighter Musculoskeletal Disorders, Officials Warn: “Fentanyl Crisis Raging in San Diego”.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Disability and Wage Loss Not Inconsistent in Discrimination Case, Angel Transportation Loses Claim for $1.2M in WCAB Liens, So. Cal. Trucking School Submits $4M Fake Training Claims, Spinal Implant Company and CEO Face Fraud Claims, Director at Cedars-Sinai Faces Child Porn Charges, Proposed Regs Increase Copy Service Fees, Surgical Risk of Death Highest After Going Home, Insurance Commissioner Faces Ethics Investigation, Self-Insured Program Frees up $6B in Working Capital, 2018 WCJ Ethics Committee Finds Four Violations.

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