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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Lack of Overlap no Justification for Adding Disabilities, Non-utilization of Comp Admissible to Limit Damages in Tort Case, 3rd WCAB En Banc Decision Suspends 20 Day Filing Rule, Court Order Prohibits Fake “Ozone Therapy” for COVID-19, Bay Area Victims Duped by Non-Existent $40 N95 Masks, San Diego Psychiatrist Resolves Opioid Case for $145K, FDA Raises Safety Concerns Over Ethanol Hand Sanitizers, DWC Authors New Regulations for QME and AME Evals, Telemedicine Will Have “Big Impact” on Comp in Next Five Years, Insurers Say Decline in Elective Surgeries Offset COVID-19 Costs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: L.A. Class Actions Claims Banks Defrauded Employers, VR Expert Opinion Justifies Total Disability Award, WCAB Panel Elaborates on SIBTF Eligibility Requirements, Penalty for Failure to Carry Comp Insurance Affirmed, WCAB and DWC Allow for Limited Email Filing, Business Groups Push Back at Newsom’s Expansion of Comp, Much Controversy Surrounds COVID-19 Antibody Tests, DWC Reports 1,542 COVID-19 Coded Claims – So Far, WCIRB Estimates Cost of Conclusive COVID-19 Presumption, SCIF Announces $165 Million in Additional COVID-19 Support.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: En Banc WCAB Invalidates AD Rule 10133.54 on SJDB Jurisdiction, Carmel Valley Physician Charged for COVID-19 “Miracle Cure”, FBI Says Sale of 39M N95 Masks in California was Fraud Scheme, DME Operator Charged in Telemedicine Kickback Scheme, WCIRB Considers COVID-19 Regulatory Changes, DWC Modifies OMFS to Provide for Telehealth Fees, California First Responders Alarmed by COVID-19 Risks, Scientists Study Cause of COVID-19 Relapse, New Direct-to-Business Carrier Launches in California, Comp Industry Survey Shows COVID-19 Disruption Patterns.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Class Action Filed Against Cigna and Viant, Medicare Sues Lawfirm to Challenge Jurisdictional Issues, WCAB Orders Additional Emergency Filing Rules En Banc, COVID-19 Fraud Task Force Organizes in Arizona, OSHA Issues Respirator Interim Guidance, WCIRB Responds to COVID-19 Rating Issues, U.S. Plans to “Ease” Back to Normal.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Reverses Two Concurrent 100% Awards to Same Worker, Negligence in Obtaining Green Card not Barred by Exclusive Remedy, OSHA Declares Coronavirus to be a Recordable Event, CDI Extends Insurance Policy Cancellations, SCIF Moratorium on Policy Cancellations and Late Penalties, DWC Emergency Measures for Med-Legal Evaluations, WCAB Transitions to Free Teleconference Hearings, Thousands of Payroll Bail Out Loans Fund on First Day, AM Best P/C Downgrades Exceed Upgrades.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB En Banc Decision Suspends Rules, U.S. Attorney’s Office Tracking COVID-19 Scams, San Francisco Acupuncturist Sentenced in Fraud Case, EEOC – Employers May Now Take Employee Temperatures, DWC Announces QME Telehealth Policy, Policy Approaches for Economic Fallout from COVID-19, At Least two States to Provide Corona Virus Comp Benefits, DWC Closes Headquarters and Three WCAB Offices.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Feds Pursue Another Spinal Implant Company for Kickbacks, L.A. Restaurant Fined $2.1M for Wage Theft, Stanislaus Poultry Worker Convicted in Comp Fraud Case, SB 1039 Claims “Binary” Classification of Workers is “Outdated”, Cal/OSHA Interim Guidelines for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), NCCI Reports on Effects of COVID-19 in WC Industry, Coventry Outlines Benefits of a Pharmacy Nurse, Governor Newsom Appoints New DIR Director, Zurich Selects Santa Barbara Company for Fraud Assessments, Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $3M Subro Lien Not Defeated by “Virtual Admission” of Employment, Owner of Studio City Sleep Clinic to Serve 3 Years for $11.5M Fraud, San Mateo Physician Faces 20 Years for Illegal Prescribing, Serial Claimant Arrested After 6 Different Fake Claims, Santa Rosa Physicians Face $3.9M Fraud Charges, Novato Uninsured Contractor Arrested – For the Third Time, Coronavirus: Factors for the Insurance Industry to Consider, Spine and Joint Pain Most Costly Health Problem in U.S., DEA Describes the Opioid Supply Chain “Shell Game”, Mitchell | Genex Acquires Coventry Workers’ Comp Services.

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