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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: CA AG Belatedly Files Limited Opioid Litigation, Another Opioid Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Kickbacks, L.A. Dentist Sentenced for $3.8M Fraud Scheme, So. Cal. Contractors Cited for $600K Wage Theft, VA Promotes Telehealth, and E-Record Systems, Ohio BWC Drops Oxycontin from Formulary, HHS Publishes Pain Management Best Practices, Mild Brain Injury Can Cause Lasting Effects, SCIF Launches Real-Time UR Approval, Quest Diagnostics Records Hacked.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Apportionment Limits Passed by CA Senate, One Defendant Remains in First Opioid Trial, Oklahoma Opioid Trial Highlights Marketing, School Officials Convicted for SJDB Voucher Fraud, ABC Test Proposed Law Adds Exemptions, Wellness Program Regulations Delayed – Again!, FDA Approves World’s Most Expensive Drug, Money Does Not Buy Better Comp Outcomes.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: States Pursue Strategies Against Purdue Bankruptcy, USC Surgeon Faces Insurance Fraud Lawsuit, Disability Attorney/Serial Plaintiff Indicted for Tax Fraud, Chiropractor Convicted of Insurance Fraud, Welding Fumes Linked to Lung Cancer, Diabetic Drug Greatly Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain, Startup Disrupts Pharmacy Business Model, WC Drug Costs and Utilization Improved in 2018, Officials Claim Purdue Misled World Health Organization, CompWest Announces California Expansion.

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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 Defines “Catastrophic Injury”, California Jury Stunning $2B Cancer Verdict, 44 States Claim 20 Drugmakers Fixed Prices, Jurisdiction Over Home Health Care Limited to UR/IMR, Findings in WCAB Psyche Case Binding in FEHA Claim, LAPD Officer Charged with Comp Fraud, Insurance Agent Allegedly Steals Premiums, USDOL Opposes ABC Employment Test, Comp 83% Combined Ratio Lowest Since 1930s, Opioid Crisis Spreads to Canada and Europe.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: “ABC” Dynamex Employment Test is Retroactive, 15 Chiropractors Face Fraud Changes, Med-Legal Evaluators Face Fraud Charges, Convicted Vexatious Comp Litigant Arrested Again, HHS Finalizes TV Ads – Drug Price Rule, CHSWC Special Report on PQME Process, Reserving Lifetime Awards – It’s Complicated!, WCRI Panelists Predict Paradigm Shift to Telemedicine, Antidepressants Increase Case Closure Time, CMS “Physician Compare” Website Unreliable.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Another Settlement in State Opioid Litigation, Another Drugmaker Accused of Kickbacks, Hesperia Pharmacist Pleads Guilty in Opioid Case, Broker Prosecuted for 73 Bogus Policies, Counterfeit Oxycodone Online Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty, 90% of Patients Satisfied with Video Visits, Obscure Drug Committees Gain Power, Chamber of Commerce Publishes 2019 Job Killer List, CMS Announces New Payer Recovery Portal, WCRI Study Shows Stable Comp Costs.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: FTC Sues Surescripts for Illegal E-Prescription Monopoly, Two More Drugmakers Resolve Kickback Charges for $125M, LC 5814.5 Attorney Fee Requires Specific Award, First Prosecution of CEO and CCO of Large Drug Distributor, Fresno Pharmacist Arrested, CEO of Fresno Drug Treatment Home Indicted, FDA Approves Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray, WCIRB Report Shows Major Decrease in Opioid Use, E-mods Used to Prequalify Contractors for Bidding, Travelers Beats Wall Street Estimates.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Drugmaker’s Unorthodox Bid to Protect Patents – Epic Fail, Sutter Health Resolves Inflated Risk Score Claims for $30M, $100K in Cal/OSHA Penalties for Fatal Injury, Two Employers Fined $300K For Finger Amputation, Car Wash Issued $2.36 Million in Wage Theft Citations, 60 Arrested in National 32 Million Pain Pill Bust, Ringleaders of Sham Clinics Plead Guilty, U.S. Physical Therapy Inc., Acquires Third IIP Company, SCIF Suffers $460M Underwriting Loss – No Dividends.

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