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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Retired NFL Players File Class Action Over Rejected Disability Claims. Privette Doctrine Exceptions Save Injured Worker’s Tort Action. No Total Immunity for County Hospital’s Employee PAGA Case. SCOTUS Raises the Bar for Opioid Pill Mill Doctor Criminal Convictions. Silicon Valley Online Pharmacy Startup Resolves Fraud Cases. EEOC Updates Employer Guidance on the ADA and Hearing Disabilities. NCCI Reports on Inflation and Work Comp Medical Costs. COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations Now in Effect. New Contracts Awarded as Centene Pays $596M to 13 States for Overbilling. CMS Lets Health Plans Keep Billions of Dollars in Excess Payments.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Awards SJDB Benefits Despite Successful RTW. Court Rejects “Offset” to Injured Firefighter’s Disability Retirement. Safeway Stores Still Litigating Same Wage Hour Claims – for 21 Years. California and 19 States File as Amicus Against OSHA Rights Challenge. Grand Jury Indicts Disbarred Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Tom Girardi. Central Valley Medical Provider Agrees to $26M Settlement. Prosecutors Say Pharmaceutical Makers Are Victims of $1B Fraud. CMS Rule to Collect $4.7B in Penalties to “Hold Insurers Accountable”. WCRI Reports – 7% of Workers with COVID-19 Develop Long COVID. Congress Reluctant to Fully Embrace Telehealth Care.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Judge Enjoins Controversial California COVID Misinformation Law. Dept of Corrections Immune From Prisoner-Nurse Based FEHA Claims. Instacart Resolves City of S.F. Worker Misclassification Case for $5.25M. Santa Ana Man Convicted for $152M Tainted Prescription Drug Sales. CDI Fraud Action Against Encino Hospital was “Vast Overreach”. San Francisco Adopts Military Leave Pay ACT with PAGA Enforcement. 2023 Brings Higher OSHA – and Much Higher Cal/OSHA Penalties. Cal/OSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Due on 2/1. DWC Proposes More Amendments to QME Regulations. Agile Occupational Medicine and Pinnacle HealthCare Announce Merger.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: NLRB Substantially Increases Damages For Labor Law Violations. Appeal of Labor Commissioner Award Requires Specific Surety Bond. KCRA-TV Fraud Documentary Triggers EDD Congressional Inquiry. DWC Posts Reminder for Submission of Annual Report of Inventory. Department of Insurance Appoints Three CIGA Board Members. Sedgwick and DMEC Report on Long COVID Solutions “Think Tank”. High Volume Orthopedic Surgical Practice Has Better Outcomes. Kaiser Health News Says Smartphone May Become Next Doctors’ Office.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Panel Clarifies WCAB Limits for Vacating Stipulations of Parties. Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Medical Malpractice Recovery Limits. California/Illinois Attorney Generals Sue Drugmakers for Price Gouging. Major McDonald’s Franchise to Pay $2 Million to Settle EEOC Lawsuit. Girardi Lawfirm CFO Denied Bail in $10 Million Client Theft Case. SoCal Man Pleads Guilty of Selling Used and Counterfeit Medical Devices. Owner of Home Health Care Agencies Sentenced for $31M Fraud. State Bar Streamlined Disciplinary Proposal Raises Oversight Concerns. Fatal Occupational Injuries Increased 8.9% in 2021. The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company Expands Social Mission.

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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 Injured County Inmate on Work Program is an Employee. Judge Issues Order Stopping the DIR From Implementing Fast Food Act. California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) Now Applicable to Employers. CWCI Study Shows WC Hospitalizations Continue to Decline. NIH Launches Pilot Telehealth Research Program. Hospital Closure Triggers Central California Emergency Declarations. Study Shows Robotic Knee Surgeries Reduce Bone and Soft-Tissue injury. Researchers Find Good Knee and Hip Surgery Outcomes in Patients Over 90.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Orders Attorney to Identify Name of Employer per Rule 10390(a). NLRB Says USC Student Athletes are USC, Pac-12 and NCAA Employees. NLRB Reinstates Off-Duty Employee Rights to Access Employer’s Property. San Diego Pain Management Doctor and Office Manager Indicted. Fake Doctor Charged for 2nd Offense of Illegal Botox Injections. Labor Commissioner Collects $1.3M for Bakersfield Contractor Violations. WCIRB Reports Premiums Up 7% – But Combined Loss Ratio is 111%. Private Equity Firms Invest $206B In 1,400 Healthcare Acquisitions in 2021. Hospital Size and Teaching Status Produce Better Orthopedic Outcome. Factoring Decline in Life Expectancy When Reserving Lifetime Awards.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Health Net Loses $14.4M Jury Verdict Over Surgery Delay. Timely Arbitration Request Required by Employer in Multiple Forums. Neurosurgeon to Serve 5 Years for $3.3 Million Kickback Scheme. California Joins 17 States in Employment Definition Classification Battle. New California Law Mandating Bereavement Leave Starts January 1. OSIP Reports Public Self-Insured Claim Volume and Losses Soared. NCCI Surveys Top WC Industry Concerns Heading Into 2023. WCIRB Studies Medical Characteristics of Cumulative Trauma Claims. CMS Expected to Be More Aggressive With WC Payers in 2023. Study Shows 7.4 Million Diagnostic Errors Annually in Emergency Rooms.

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