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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Calif Joins 32 States in Supreme Court Drug Pricing Case, Claimants Failure to Respond Dooms FEHA Case, Privette Doctrine Ends Civil Death Claim, Fake Drugmaker Gets 10 Year Sentence, Nurse Practitioner Convicted in $65M Compound Med Fraud, Drugmaker VP of Sales Pleads Guilty in Kickback Case, Psyche QME Disciplined For Gross Negligence, Insurers Concerned About New Privacy Laws, New Comp Carrier Approved in Calif, New Drug Costs $4 Million per Patient.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Insurance Fraud Has No Limits Anymore!, Applicant Hires Hit Man to Kill Attorney, Robert Caton M.D. Takes Plea Deal, Fake Medical Researchers Indicted, Bar Owner Pleads Guilty to Premium Fraud, Cal/OSHA Fines Oakland Contractor $141K for Fatal Injury, SEAL Procedure Helps Failed Back Surgery, Pfizer Increases Prices on 41 Drugs, Walmart and Home Depot Join Employer Drug Cost Battle, Express Scripts Creates New Competitive Dynamic.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Los Gatos Psychiatric QME Disciplined, Convicted Ortho Dupes California UR Providers, BLS Report Shows Decrease in Work Injuries, Ricardo Lara Likely Next Insurance Commissioner, CDI Approves Comp Rate Lower Than WCIRB Suggests, WCIRB Reports Overall Reduction in Medical Costs, Cal/OSHA Adopts Emergency Form 300A Regs, DWC Announces 26th Annual Educational Conference, Travelers Explores Wearables for Improved Job Safety, FDA Has 200 Submissions for Non-Opioid Pain Products.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Another Drugmaker Settles Kickback Case, Judge Reduces Monsanto Roundup Verdict, Chiropractors and Cappers Charged in Phase II of OC Case, Comp Fraud at UCLA Housing Project, Fraudulent Medical Research at Harvard, Contractor Fined $225K For Nail Gun Safety Violations, WCRI Says California Medical Costs Declining, Cannabis Research – Does it Help You or Hurt You?, Injured Workers Have High Odds of Opioid Addiction, A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing.

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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 Provides Guidance on QME Process, Exclusive Remedy No Protection for Uninsured Employer, Written Consent Required for Comp Attorney Referral Fee, EquityComp Arbitration Agreement is Unenforceable, Court of Appeal Denies Tristar Lien Law Challenge, Drug Pricing to Follow “International Pricing Index”, DWC Publishes 2017 Audit Report, WCIRB Reports Payments to Indicted Providers Declines, Outcomes Not Tied to Hospital Accreditation, FDA Approves Smartphone Urine Testing.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: PD Apportionment Has Two-Prong Burden, Uninsured Subcontractor Must Repay Contract Payments, First Comp Providers Finally Join Opioid Lawsuits, San Jose PQME Indicted for Fraud and Illegal Prescribing, LETF Targets Unsafe Car Washes, WCIRB Data Shows So. Cal. Has CT Epidemic, California Comp Costs Moves One Step From Worst, DWC Proposes Revisions to WCIS Implementation Guide, Apple Develops Knee and Hip Replacement Monitoring App, DEA Approves Importing Cannabis for Medical Research.

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John Castro is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CVS/Aetna Must Divest Aetna’s Part D Prescription Drug Plan, Convicted Claimant Residence Restrictions Overbroad, Riverside Jury Convicts Former QME for $90K Fraud, Online Dealer Indicted for Fake Oxycoodone Pills, Dairy Worker Sentenced for Faking Injury, NCCI Tracks Key WC “Hot Topics”, Prepaid Debit Cards for California Comp are Not New, Coventry Reports on Topical and Specialty Drugs, Researchers Consider Non-Drug Therapies Over Opioids, Drugmaker Faces Uphill FDA Battle on New Opioid.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: MSP Class Action Rejected in Court of Appeals, Employer Has Only 30 Days to Appeal DOSH Citation, 5 Doctors and 4 “Body Brokers” Face Fraud Charges, MRI Operator Sam Solakyan Indicted for $284M Fraud, So. Cal. Restaurant Workers Recover $1M for Wage Theft, AmerisourceBergen Settles Fraud Case for $625M, DWC Amends Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule, DWC Adds New Chapters to MTUS, Congress Passes $8.5B Opioid Addiction Package, New Injection Stops Knee and Spine Osteoarthritis.

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