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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Affirms Employers Arbitration Rights, Carriers Sued for QME Sexual Misconduct, OCDA Recovers $1.6M for Unsafe Workplace, Bay Area Doctor Arrested for SDI Fraud Schemes, Congress Questions a Once Free Drug, Now $375k a Year, MTUS/ACOEM Guidelines Now Free and Online, TV Ads to Include Drug Price Transparency, Novartis and Eli Lily Support end to PBM Rebates, CorVel Reports on 10,000 Telehealth Visits, Study Shows No Value to Topical Compounded Pain Creams.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 9th Circuit Clarifies Employer Liability Provision of Comp Policy, Fake Companies and Employees Filed 725 Fake Claims for $5M, Tawdry Marketing Details Emerge in Drugmaker Trial, Tuolumne County Worker Sentenced, Feds Move to End Drug Rebates, Feds Hold First Hearing on Drug Prices, DWC Published the 2018 Annual Audit Report, CVS, Aetna and Apple Launch “Attain” Health App, WCRI Publishes Opioid Dispensing Study, Insurance Prime Target for Technology Investment.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Employment Terminated for Violation of DIR Gift Policy, Walgreens Settles Fraud Claim for $269M, So. Cal. Attorney Arrested For Trafficking Opioids, OCDA Charges Max Matos M.D., and Jeff Catanzarite D.C., Eight Indicted in $123M Compound Med Fraud, Cal Med Board Investigating 450 Physicians, Political Battle Over ABC Employment Test Heats Up, Insurers Form Blockchain Network With IBM.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Drobot Forfeits Plea Agreement Benefits, Feds Indicted CompOne and Officers for Fraud, Double Dipping Business Owner Pleads Guilty, Hearing Set For MTUS Updates, DWC Posts Several OMFS Changes, House Launches Drug Pricing Investigation, Walgreens and Microsoft to Create Digital Ecosystem, 44 Percent of Physicians are Burned Out, Slow Adoption of WC Telemedicine.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Arbitration Agreement Must Explicitly Include FEHA, GoPro Footage Convicts Correctional Officer, Owners of San Ramon Companies Face 14 Felonies, Prices Increased on Hundreds of Drugs, Focus Group Studies Medical Costs, Drug Marketing Costs Increased to $20.3 Billion, CDI Publishes Drug Transparency Report, Newsom Tackles Drug Prices on First Day, WCIRB Publishes California Terrorism Risk Assessment, New Brown Appointments on Last Days in Office.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Comp RICO Fails in California Federal Court, Irvine Physician Arrested for Prescribing Opioids, Opioid-Murder Conviction of LA Physician Affirmed, Sheriff’s Lieutenant Arrested for Comp Fraud, Jury Convicts Uninsured Restaurant Owner, Study Finds 20% Annual Health Crimes Increase, A.B. 5 Seeks to Codify New “ABC” Employment Criteria, Unlicensed Comp Carrier Fined $4M, Early Physical Therapy Reduces Opiate Use, Comp Rates Decrease in 2019 – Except at the Race Track!

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Apportionment of PD on Pathology Affirmed, Background Check Insufficient to Support FEHA Claim, O.C. Physician Faces Compound Med Fraud Charge, WCIRB Publishes 2018 Experience Report, OSIP Proposes Changes to Reporting Rules, WCRI Reports ASC 40% Less than Hospitals, CMS to Prioritize Reporting Penalties in 2019, FDA Continues Tough Stance Against New Opioids, RAND Finds QMEs Work for Management Organizations, Bioengineered Discs to End Back Pain.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Vanguard Dismisses Lien Stay Law Challenge, CVS/Aetna Proposed Merger Faces Court Scrutiny, Uwaydah Connected Chiro Pleads Guilty, Drugmaker Pays $360M to Resolve Kickback Case, Medical Device Makers Plead Guilty in Kickback Case, Jury Convicts Advanced Radiology Administrator, Charges Dropped in Applicant – Hit Man Case, Florida Urged to Adopt California IMR Process, EU Agency Says Evidence “Thin” on Medical Marijuana, California Startup Wins FDA Pain Device Challenge.

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