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Dave Jones Advises California Workers’ Compensation Insurers To Reduce Rates By 16.5 Percent
By Lonce LaMon and the California Department of Insurance - May 23, 2017

The California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, adopted and issued a revised advisory pure premium rate, lowering the benchmark to $2.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, effective July 1, 2017.  This is 16.5 percent less than the average pure premium rate of $2.42 California insurers filed as of January 1, 2017.

Dave Jones adopted the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s (WCIRB’s) recommendation to lower the advisory pure premium rate mid-year.  Mid-year pure premium rate adjustments are not the norm.  New data reflecting a significant change in underlying workers’ compensation costs is required before the commissioner will issue a mid-year adjustment.

California DIR and Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspend Michael R. Drobot, Steven Howser for Fraud
By Lonce LaMon with the California DIR - May 18, 2017

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) have suspended two more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued Orders of Suspension for the following providers, who had not appealed suspension notices issued in mid-April:

  • Michael R. Drobot operated California Pharmacy Management and Industrial Pharmacy Management, companies that participated in a scheme to illegally refer patients for spinal surgeries, which led to more than $580 million in fraudulent bills. He pled guilty in U.S. District Court last year to conspiracy and illegal kickback charges. He is the son of Michael D. Drobot, the hospital operator who also pled guilty for his part in the kickback scheme. DWC suspended the senior Drobot on April 28th.

Kenneth B. Schnoll Appointed General Counsel For The California Department Of Insurance
By Lonce LaMon with the News Release of the CA Department of Insurance - May 16, 2017

Dave Jones, the California Insurance Commissioner, today announced the appointment of Kenneth B. Schnoll as General Counsel for the California Department of Insurance. 

Ken Schnoll is leaving behind his practice as a partner at Dentons US LLP where he focused on insurance regulation and health care practices.   Before Dentons he was a partner with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green and MacRae.  

In his career he has gathered extensive legal experience relevant to his new role at the Department of Insurance, including drafting legislation and appearing before legislative committees to testify and participate on both the state and federal rulemaking process. 

Dr. Thomas Heric Appears In Orange County Superior Court On Friday, May 5th. His Appeal Against His Suspension In The California Worker’s Compensation System Is Rejected By Workers’ Comp Administrative Law Judge Robert Mays.
By Lonce LaMon - May 12, 2017

Dr. Thomas Heric sat in his wheelchair at a table in the cafeteria of Orange County Superior Court just before 9 am on Friday morning, May 5th 2017. This writer had no awareness of any court appearance for Dr. Heric that morning. 

Dr. Heric has been charged as a consort to Dr. Sim Hoffman’s alleged workers’ compensation sleep studies charade and scam.  Dr. Heric is a neurologist who lives on the Los Angeles west side and acted as the “sleep expert” producing umpteen cookie-cutter, bogus sleep reports for Hoffman’s Better Sleeping Medical Center in Buena Park, California.    

More News

May 9, 2017 - CA DIR and Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspend Sobol, Heric and Two Other Medical Providers

May 7, 2017 - Aspen Medical Resources Defendants Jeffrey Campau, Landen Mirallegro, and Abraham Khorshad All Plead Guilty To Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud In Orange County Superior Court. Remaining WCAB liens, valued at $139,752,925.77, to be dismissed.

May 2, 2017 - California Dept of Workers' Compensation Posts Fee Schedule Adjustments for Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers

May 2, 2017 - Mike Madigan, Veteran Workers' Compensation Investigator, Dies In Accident On Ortega Highway. He Was 69 Years Old.

April 30, 2017 - Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah Case To Be Heard Next May 25th 2017 By Judge Fidler In Downtown LA Dept 106. Defense's Attorney-Client Privilege Motion To Be Heard Along With Demurrers.

April 28, 2017 - Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah Case Moves To The Honorable Larry Fidler’s Court Room In Downtown L.A. Judge Fidler Earned A High Profile In 2008 While Presiding Over The Phil Spector Trial.

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