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The WorkCompAcademy is a full featured online learning experience. Our faculty includes the leading practitioners in the California Workers' Compensation Community. Our online curriculum covers all aspects of Workers' Compensation Claims, from basic concepts to advanced topics of value to experienced practitioners such as senior claims executives, attorneys, and Qualified Medical Evaluators. Students can access classes any time, from any internet connected computer. Courses can be completed at an individualized pace.

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The WorkCompAcademy is a full featured online learning experience. Our faculty includes the leading practitioners in the California Workers' Compensation Community. Our online curriculum covers all aspects of Workers' Compensation Claims, from basic concepts to advanced topics of value to experienced practitioners such as senior claims executives, attorneys, and Qualified Medical Evaluators. Students can access classes any time, from any internet connected computer. Courses can be completed at an individualized pace.

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The WorkCompAcademy is a full featured online learning experience. Our faculty includes the leading practitioners in the California Workers' Compensation Community. Our online curriculum covers all aspects of Workers' Compensation Claims, from basic concepts to advanced topics of value to experienced practitioners such as senior claims executives, attorneys, and Qualified Medical Evaluators. Students can access classes any time, from any internet connected computer. Courses can be completed at an individualized pace.

Rank #1: WorkCompAcademy News - March 16, 2020

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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Theft, Stanislaus Poultry Worker Convicted in Comp Fraud Case, SB 1039 Claims "Binary" Classification of Workers is "Outdated", Cal/OSHA Interim Guidelines for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), NCCI Reports on Effects of COVID-19 in WC Industry, Coventry Outlines Benefits of a Pharmacy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.

Mar 20 2020

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Rank #2: WorkCompAcademy News - June 18, 2018

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Properly Worded C&R Also Releases FEHA Claims, C&R Addendum Did Not Release Civil Liability, Exclusive Remedy Exception Requires Extreme & Outrageous Conduct, States Now Sue Walgreens for Opioid Crisis, MSP Class Action Firm Sanctioned in State Farm Case, Lodi Orthopedic Surgeon to Face Fraud Changes, San Diego Psychologist Charged With $2.2M Fraud, Man Sentenced for Farm Labor $500K EDD Fraud, EU Joins International Effort Restraining Antibiotic Use, Corporate America Frustrated with Rising Health Costs.

Jun 22 2018

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Rank #3: WorkCompAcademy News - December 10, 2018

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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.

Dec 13 2018

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Rank #4: WorkCompAcademy News - March 9, 2020

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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.

Mar 13 2020

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Rank #5: WorkCompAcademy News - January 14, 2019

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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.

Jan 16 2019

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Rank #6: WorkCompAcademy News - April 20, 2020

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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.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #7: WorkCompAcademy News - June 4, 2018

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Known Undocumented Workers Prevail on Wage and Hour Claim, Pfizer to Pay $23.8M to Resolve Kickback Claim, Anthem SIU Investigator Charged in $20M Fraud Scheme, Bay Area Pain Doctors Pay $260K to Resolve DEA Charges, RAND Reports on Return-To-Work Fund, URAC Accredits TRISTAR® for Utilization Management, CDI Criticizes Carriers for Excessive Comp Premiums, Federal Right to Try Drug Law Passed.

Jun 06 2018

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Rank #8: WorkCompAcademy News - January 7, 2019

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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!

Jan 09 2019

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Rank #9: WorkCompAcademy News - May 29, 2018

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Sides With Employers on Arbitration Agreements, Cal Supreme Court Sets Hearing in CompPartners Case, No Homeowner Liability for Construction Workers' Death, Fraud Rings Infect Rural Hospitals, Riverside Chiropractor Arrested, Landscaper Pleads Guilty to Double Dipping, Appellate Court Affirms Correctional Officer Fraud Conviction, State Bar Adopts 69 New Rules of Professional Conduct, More Names Placed on DWC Suspension List, Reserving for a Lifetime Award - a Moving Target.

Jun 02 2018

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Rank #10: WorkCompAcademy News - January 21, 2019

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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.

Jan 24 2019

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Rank #11: WorkCompAcademy News - April 13, 2020

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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.

Apr 17 2020

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Rank #12: WorkCompAcademy News - July 2, 2018

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. No Jurisdiction Over NFL Player's Injuries - Affirmed, Illicit Opioid Sales Skyrocket on "Dark Net", Uninsured Contractor Pleads Guilty, WCIRB Says 2017 Combined Loss Ratio Drops to 91%, WCIRB Considering Use of Blockchain Technology, Janitorial Companies Face July 1 PSWPA Registration Deadline, 2019 TTD Rates to Increase Nearly 3%, Robotic Doctor Passes Medical License Exam, Silicon Valley High Burn Out Rate Health Risks, FDA Approves First Cannabis Based Drug.

Jul 05 2018

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Rank #13: WorkCompAcademy News - December 17, 2018

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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.

Dec 20 2018

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Rank #14: WorkCompAcademy News - June 11, 2018

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Couple Checking on Neighbor Was "Active Law Enforcement", New SCOTUS Ruling ends NY Uber Workers' Comp Class Action, SCOTUS Declines to Solve $1B Liberty Mutual Problem, Bay Area Doctor and Interpreter Face Fraud Charges, Oxnard Janitorial Owner to Serve 1 Year for Fraud, Riverside QME Faces Fraud Charges,Bakersfield Chiro Pleads Guilty to Comp Fraud, Employees of Two Riverside Companies Arrested, DWC Suspends 18 More Medical Providers, SCIF Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by 60%.

Jun 13 2018

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Rank #15: WorkCompAcademy News - March 2, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. $1.6 Billion Global Settlement with Opioid Manufacturer Mallinckrodt, 18 States File Lawsuit Challenging Limits to Joint Employer Liability, No Time Limit for Recovery Suits Against Secondary Payers, Judge Issues AB-5 Injunction Against Instacart, Hollywood Pharmacy Owners to Serve 12 Years for $11.8M Fraud, Jury Convicts Manhattan Beach Physician of $700K Fraud, DWC Posts Changes to MTUS and OMFS, FDA to Use Claims Data to Confirm Drug Clinical Trials, 24 Companies Join Blockchain Group to Limit Counterfeit Meds.

Mar 06 2020

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Rank #16: WorkCompAcademy News - February 24, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Supreme Court Rules Workers Must be Paid for Security Checks, WCAB Allows Non-Comp Evaluations Into Evidence, Sandoz Executive Pleads Guilty in Drug Price Fixing Case, GEICO Uses RICO Statutes to Combat Vendor Fraud, IHOP Cook Arrested for Fraudulent Comp Claim, CMS Implements Penalty Provisions of Rule 111 Reporting, Researchers Improve Design of Robotic Surgery Controller, Coventry Reports Better Claim Outcomes with Nurse Triage, NAIC Lists Top Ten Comp Carriers by Market Share, National Safety Council Launches " Work to Zero" Safety Report.

Feb 27 2020

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Rank #17: WorkCompAcademy News - February 17, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. AG Suit Claims OptumRX Illegally Gouged Comp Claims, Another California "New-Law-Fail" in Federal Courts, Lawsuits Claim AARP Cheats Policyholders, More AB-5 Unintended Consequences, San Diego Musicians Play Blues Tunes Over AB-5, DWC Announces Online Doctors First Report Pilot Program, Single Point of Failure - Pharmaceutical Roads Lead to China, CWCI Study Shows Decline in Medical Treatment Counts, Disability Discrimination 2nd Highest EEOC Claim, Mike Hessling New Gallagher Basset CEO.

Feb 20 2020

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Rank #18: WorkCompAcademy News - February 10, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. California Awarded $350M in Suit Against Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens Settles Fake California Pharmacist Case for $7.5M, New O.C. DA Drops "Manufactured" Charges Against Orthopedist, So. Cal. Acupuncturist to Serve 30 Months for $7.1M Fraud, Santa Clara Cop Faces Fraud Charge, SCIF Recovers $159K in Criminal Premium Fraud Case, 215 Biopharma Leaders Pledge to Do a Better Job for Patients, "90210" Star Fights State Farm Claim - and Breast Cancer.

Feb 14 2020

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Rank #19: WorkCompAcademy News - February 3, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. WCAB Panel Specifies Requirements for 4903.8(d) Lien Declaration, WCAB Claim Tolls Statute of Limitations for FEHA Action, Arch Health Partners Resolves Kickback Allegations for $3M, Convicted Surgeon Extradited from Israel to Serve, Bay Area Medical Device CEO Convicted, Charges Filed in $20M Comp Treatment Kickback Scheme, Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Annual Summary, Looking Back at the Validity of NFL Concussion Claims, Non-Opioid "Stem Cell" Pain Treatment Provides Relief, Insurance Industry Reports Varying Results With Data Analytics.

Feb 07 2020

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Rank #20: WorkCompAcademy News - January 27, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Substantial Evidence Standard Applies to OSHA Appeals, C&R Resignation Resolves Wrongful Termination Claim, Arrests Made for $3.2M Sober Living Fraud, Convicted Long Beach Hospital Owner to Serve 15 Months, L.A. Sheriff Faces Fraud Charges After Fake Sniper Claim, 7th San Diego "Pill Mill" Doctor Pleads Guilty, Study Shows Early PT Reduces Opiate Use and Lost Time, TRISTAR Acquires Aspen Risk Management Group.

Jan 30 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - July 27, 2020

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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 Claims TeamHealth Inflates ER Charges. MSP Reimbursement Not Time Barred 6 Years Post Settlement. Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations Clash with Employee Rights. DWC Announces New Ethics Committee Appointment. At Least 13 States Considering COVID-19 Liability Limits. Congress Begins Permanent Medicare Transition To Telehealth. AG Approves Sale Of St. Francis Medical Center to Prime Healthcare. Study Says Household Exposure Most Likely Source of COVID-19. Researchers Report on Effectiveness of COVID-19 Masks. Independent Physicians Face Financial Pressure from COVID-19.

Jul 31 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - July 20, 2020

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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 Rescinds Some Suspension Orders in September. Mobile Wash New Target of AB-5 Misclassification Suit. San Diego Psychiatrist to Serve 21 Months for Fake Treatment. 27 So. Cal. Nursing Facilities Pay $16.7M for Inflated Medical Bills. Claim Volume Declines as Insurance Fraud Storm Arrives. Major Carriers Report Massive Q2 COVID-19 Losses. WCIRB Expects $1.2B in COVID Comp Claims. Complex Matrix of National Requirements for Job Re-Opening. Smoking or Vaping are COVID-19 Complications Risk Factors. FDA Approves Device Reducing Disc Reherniation Risk.

Jul 22 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - July 13, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Judge Rules OSHA Injury Report Form 300 is Not Confidential. Court Jurisdiction in Subrogation Action Ends When Case Dismissed. Privette Doctrine Tested Again in Roofer Fall Claim. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Resolves Kickback Case for $51M. Bay Area Woman Sentenced for Filing $9.5M Fraudulent SDI Claims. Monterey County DA Reports Two Premium Fraud Cases. CASISF Approves 2020-21 $6.5B Alternative Security Program. New Reporting Forms Required for Public Self-Insureds. Smartphones Cause Uptick in Motor Vehicle Accident Comp Claims. Blood Type Research May Support COVID-19 Apportionment.

Jul 19 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - July 6, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Tort Claim Rejected for SCIF Refusal to Pay WCAB Order. Texas Supreme Court Approves Limits on Air Ambulance Costs. Injured Worker Mail Order Pharmacy Settles Opiod Suit for $11M. Beverly Hills Doctor Arrested for $52M Insurance Fraud. Telemedicine in Workers' Comp - New Normal or Fraud Opportunity? California Workers' Compensation - Where Did $16.1B Go? Researchers Alarmed by Muscle Relaxer Prescription Increase. CSHWC Publishes 2019 Annual Report.

Jul 10 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - June 29, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: $1M Fees and Costs Awarded in FEHA Claim Following Industrial Injury. En Banc WCAB Adds Disabilities for SIBTF Calculation. L.A. Pharmacist Charged with Price Gouging KN95 Masks. PBS Documentary Investigates Opioid Drugmaker Corruption. 25 Year Veteran CHP Officer Arrested for Comp Fraud. Santa Ana Police Officer Faces Comp Fraud Charges. Three Guilty in $65M Compound Med Fraud Scheme. DWC Proposes Increased Fees for Med-Legal Evals.
DWC Sets Online MTUS Public Hearing for July 23. WCIRB Expands Classification Inspection Report Program.

Jul 03 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - June 22, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCIF Sent Back to Trial After a 15 Year Premium Collection Effort. S.F. District Attorney Files DoorDash Misclassification Case. Five Charged in Sober Living Facility Insurance Fraud. Global Insurance Fraud Detection Market to Grow 22% Annually. Emergency Regulations Mandate Recalculation of Comp Premiums. COVID-19 Distancing Rules Becoming a "Political Hazard". DWC Posts Draft Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule. Contracting Industry Injuries Highest in Opioid Use. WCRI Reports on Workers’ Compensation Prescription Regulations. ACOEM Studies Employer Costs for Opioid Use Disorders.

Jun 27 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - June 15, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Stipulation to "Upper Extremity" Includes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Workers Sue Amazon Over COVID-19 Working Conditions. 3M Sues California Company Selling Fake N95 Masks. California Agricultural Industry Braces for COVID-19 Claims. Head of Las Gatos Testing Lab Charged with $69M Hoax. Reopenings Continue Despite COVID-19 Hotspots. EU Regulators Join FTC Efforts Against Drugmaker Pay-for-Delay Deals. Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Retracted by Lancet and NEJM. Workers' Comp Trails Commercial Lines Growth.

Jun 20 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - June 8, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 5000 COVID-19 Workers' Comp Cases Filed in Calif. Carriers Sue CVS Health for Fraudulent Overcharges. Law Firm Class Action Seeks Damages for Court Closures. Hollywood Producer Arrested for Paycheck Program Fraud. Sudden Turnaround - Payrolls Unexpectedly Rise by 2.5M in May. Employer Group Argues Against Additional COVID-19 Presumptions. Experts Unsure About Downturn Comp Claim Frequency. ICN Estimates 450K Healthcare Workers Infected With COVID-19.

Jun 15 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - June 1, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Clarifies Hikida Limits on PD Apportionment. Insurance Agent Who Stole .5M in Premiums Faces 9 Felonies. Four More Convicted in $199M Illegal Prescription Drug Conspiracy. Uber/Lyft AB-5 Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot. WCIRB Estimates Costs of COVID-19 Executive Order at $1.2B. CWCI Reports on Effects of COVID-19 Presumptions. Hollywood Spawns New Cottage Industry - COVID-19 Consultants.

Jun 05 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - May 25, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Trial Lawyers Predict COVID-19 Legal Battles “Most Expensive” in History. Encino Opioid Ring Conspiracy Ringleader Sentenced. Secret Service Reports Large-Scale Unemployment Fraud. Palo Alto Cardiologist Indicted.53 of 58 CA Counties Assess Reopening. California Bar Examination Pass Rate Hits All Time Low. IMR Determination Letters Fall by 11.3%. CA Employers Deploy Contact Tracing Systems. DWC Cancels Educational Conference in Los Angeles.

May 30 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - May 18, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. WCAB Panel Says 5814 Penalties Inapplicable to Timely UR, Newsom Faces Several Lawsuits Over Reopening Plan, CVS Subsidiary Pays $15.3M for Illegal Opioid Dispensing, SBA Payroll Loan Fraud Rates Estimated at 10 – 12%, Tesla CEO Musk Defies Lockdown Order, DWC Updates OMFS for Telehealth Services, Sense of Touch Restored in Severe Spinal Cord Injury, COVID-19 Tests Now Available for Workplaces.

May 23 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - May 11, 2020

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories. Wave of COVID-19 Lawsuits Hit State and Federal Courts, California Sues Uber and Lyft to Enforce AB-5, Court Order Halts Sale of $45M Counterfeit N95 Masks, Scams and Fraud Involving CARES Act Economic Payments, Scams and Fraud Involving Fake COVID-19 Cures, Executive Order Creates COVID-19 Compensability Presumption, California Legislature Re-Convenes With Major Comp Issues, COVID-19 Triggers Increase in Opioid Deaths.

May 15 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - May 4, 2020

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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.

May 08 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - April 27, 2020

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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.

Apr 30 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - April 20, 2020

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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.

Apr 24 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - April 13, 2020

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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.

Apr 17 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - April 6, 2020

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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.

Apr 09 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - March 23, 2020

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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.

Mar 26 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - March 16, 2020

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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.

Mar 20 2020

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WorkCompAcademy News - March 9, 2020

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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.

Mar 13 2020

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