Today the U.S. Department of Justice announced that federal prosecutors had filed additional charges in a Southern California workers’ comp fraud scheme, and that several defendants plan to enter guilty pleas in the coming weeks. Recently I wrote a post titled “Cleansing”, which focused on indictments in another provider fraud scheme: http://www.workerscompzone.com/2015/11/11/cleansing/ Today’s press release deals

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The drumbeat for medical marijuana in workers’ compensation systems continues. Earlier this week I attended a lunchtime talk by a Bay Area physician which included his comments on the potential benefits of medical marijuana in treating certain patients. Legal issues surround this, and a California WCAB panel has twice remanded a WCJ’s decision on reimbursement of

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Making headlines this week is another high profile indictment in California workers’ comp. The federal charges allege a fraudulent kickback scheme among various Southern California medical providers, including doctors, chiropractors and durable equipment providers. It’s lengthy, but here (in italics) is the press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy which outlines the

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Chalk one up for the “plenary power” of the legislature. California’s courts are seemingly reluctant to challenge the legislature’s prerogative in workers’ comp. The drafters of SB 863 and the California Legislature scored a big win last week as the California Court of Appeal 1st District nixed a constitutional challenge to the IMR provisions of

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