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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Workers With Mild Symptoms of COVID May Not Be Protected by FEHA. Apportionment Mandatory When Disability Caused by Two CT Periods. Agoura Hills Physician Sentenced Under New Anti-Kickback Law. EDD Faces Another Wave of 47,000 Potentially Fraudulent Claims. Tustin Podiatrist Sentenced After Conviction for Treatment Fraud. Bay Area Rheumatologist Pays $1M For Using Not FDA Approved Drugs. WCIRB Reports Lowest Premium in Decades and Higher Combined Ratios. Vaccine Fail – Moderna Throws Away 30M Doses “Nobody Wants”. Drug Shortages Feared After Closure of Contaminated Irvine Plant. City of San Diego Comp Claims 17% Higher Than Similar Agencies.


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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California is Losing Legal Battles Over Corporate Director Diversity Laws. Murderer Serving Life Sentence is Lead Defendant in $2M EDD Fraud. O.C. Physician Assistant Sentenced for Selling Blank Opioid Prescriptions. Three Face Charges for $128K State Fund Premium Fraud. Multiple Carriers to Share $2.4M Restitution Order After Fraud Conviction. Inflation Triggers Increase in California Minimum Wages. Cal/OSHA Fines Companies $1.75M for Confined Space Fatality. WCRI Studies Chiropractic Care for Workers with Low Back Pain. Probation ends Nurse’s Controversial Conviction for Medication Error. Sedgwick Acquires Orchid Medical a National Care Service Provider.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories:
Correctional Officer S&W Award Calc Includes Enhanced IDL Benefit. QME Rules Allow Claimant to Select QME He Previously Struck.Stanford Professor Testifies Against Walgreens in S.F. Opioid Trial. San Mateo Hemp Farm Owner Sentenced for Lack of Comp Coverage. NCCI State of the Line Report Shows WC is “Strong and Healthy”. Cal/OSHA Approves Updated COVID-19 Temporary Standards. Cal Chamber of Commerce Updates 2022 Legislative Job Killer List. Anti-Inflammatory Medications May Increase Long Term Disability Risk. Flu Vaccine May Also Provide Some COVID-19 Protection. Hospitals Face Nationwide Shortage of Contrast Media for CT Imaging.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories:
Workers Seek Order Prohibiting WCAB “Grant and Study” Recon Orders. Walmart Avoids $504K in Photo Shoot Model Late Pay Penalties. Temecula Physician to Serve 8 Years for $12M Medicare Fraud. Ruling in Kaiser Fraud Case Illustrates Sophisticated Upcoding Strategies. Biden Signs Law Limiting Employer Arbitration Mandates. Travelers Report Says 35% of Injuries Occur During First Year on Job. Physicians Combine Virtual Reality and Robotics For Safer Surgeries. California Opioid Addiction Physicians Struggle with Sublocade Solution. UCSD Smartphone App Screens for Neurological Disease. New Safety Standards Helps Organizations Prevent Workplace Injuries.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Privileges Protect CIGA and TPA From PTP Defamation Action. WCAB Reverses AOE/COE Using Substantial Medical Evidence Rules. 9th Circuit Reverses Prison Guard Vaccination Order. Californians Involved in Nationwide Health Care Fraud Takedown. $3.8M in COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Violation Citations. Torrance Car Wash Cited for $800K Wage Theft. GAO Audit Finds “Political Interference” With CDC and FDA Findings. Med-Malpractice Payout Limits to Increase in Deal With Legislature. Cal/OSHA Board Approves New COVID Rules Starting in May. WCRI Publishes Workers’ Compensation Laws as of January 1, 2022.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court to Resolve Employer’s Liability for Take-Home COVID. WCAB Panel Finds California Jurisdiction for Professional Athlete’s Claim. Court Broadly Construes “Employment” for Exclusive Remedy. So.Cal. Chiropractor to Serve 6 Years for $2.2M Fraud. Proposed Department of Insurance Ethics Law Ends Without Vote. WCIRB Advisory Premium Rate to Increase 7.6% in September. California Closes Troubled COVID-19 Lab and $1.7B Contract. Carlsbad Startup Developed 3-D Printed Titanium Spinal Implants. Battle Lines Drawn Over California Deal With Kaiser Permanente. DFEH Lawyer Quits in Protest of Newsom’s Meddling in Activision Case.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Law Firm Accused of $5M ADA Shakedown of Small Businesses. San Francisco Scheduled to Start Opioid Lawsuit Trial. Interest Calculation Clarified in Uninsured Employer Restitution Order. After 8 Years of Litigation, Major O.C. Comp Fraud Case Dismissed. Santa Clarita Contractor Arraigned for Premium Fraud. Audit of California State Bar Discipline System Confirms Epic Failures. NSC Helps Employers Build Business Case for Safety Innovation. Largest Hospital Systems Ignoring 2 Year Old Price Transparency Law. Sedgwick Publishes Commentary on Long COVID Claims. AF Group Announces Acquisition of AmeriTrust Group.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Orthopedist Lacks Expertise to Add vs Combine Internal Disabilities. Truck Driver Hit by Train Was “Sudden and Extraordinary”. Court of Appeal Clarifies Time for Service for Out-of-State Administrator. Injured Worker Has Two Years to File Wrongful Termination Claim. NFL Teams Sue Two Players Over California WCAB Jurisdiction. Uber Settles California Classification Class Action for $8.4M. Managing Drug Costs – What Can Go Wrong With That? Workers’ Positive Drug Tests Hit Two-Decade High. Telehealth Utilization Growth Continues for Third Straight Month. Nurse’s Conviction for Medication Error is Demoralizing the Profession.

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