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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 6th Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport Rejects CTE Causation. U.S. Opioid Settlements Now total Over $50 Billion. NLRB Reverses It’s 2019 Trump Era Independent Contractor Standard. 9th Circuit Finds Co-Worker Sexist/Racist Music-Blasting Actionable. Comp Case Manager Prevails Against Liberty Mutual on Discrimination Appeal. O.C. Doctor to Serve 12½ Years for Illegal Opioid Prescribing. New Book Says EDD Failures Emblematic of Antiquated Governmental Tech. California Proposed Change to TD Cap Will Have Nominal Impact. Congress and FTC Deepen Inquiry into PBM Business Tactics. Studies and Surveys Show VA Hospitals Outperform Private Hospitals.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Courts Imposing Limits and Sanctions on Lawyers Use of AI In Litigation. Vile Emails Force LA Employment Law Defense Firm Founders to Resign. 5th Try for Five Guys Restaurants $1.2M Wage/Hour Settlement Approval. High Number of Americans Think Insurance Fraud Is Not a Crime. Hackers Demand Cash After Penetrating Mission Community Hospital. NSC Kicks Off 27th Observance of National Safety Month. WCIRB Publishes Update on COVID-19 Claims and Long COVID. WCIRB Publishes New Experience Modification Estimator Spreadsheet. Prop 107 Forces Insurance Companies to Quietly Flee California Marketplace.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: AI Used to Discover New Antibiotic for Deadly Superbug. U.S. Supreme Court Deals Another Blow to Labor Unions. 9th Circuit Limits Application of LC 2810.3 Protections For Farm Workers. Trilogy of WCAB Decisions Find Valley Fever Presumptively AOE-COE. Invidior Resolves Suboxone Pricing Scheme For $102.5 Million. DHS Ends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility on July 31, 2023. 4th Largest Drug Distributor Suspended From Controlled Substance Sales. CPT Codes Silent About Amazing Advancements in MRI Equipment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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