SRTK is pleased to announce that Jerry Rempel has become a Shareholder of the firm. Jerry will be the Managing Shareholder of SRTK’s Sacramento and Chico offices. Jerry joined the firm in 2003 and opened the Chico office in 2004. His past 17 years of dedication and hard work are great examples of #srtkstrong.
Ted Richards is transitioning to an Of Counsel role after two decades plus with SRTK. Ted has been a workers’ comp lawyer for over 30 years, and we look forward to continuing to draw on his 30 years of workers’ comp experience and knowledge.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal issued a ruling in Meadowbrook Ins. Co. v. WCAB [link below] that an interpreter bill for med-legal services will be barred if the provider does not seek a second review following denial by the defendant’s EOR under the IBR/non-IBR process located in LC4603.2(e).
The IRS mileage reimbursement rate for medical care and evaluations has been updated for 2020. The rate has been reduced by half a cent, from $.58 to $.575 per mile. The new rate will apply to all mileage incurred in 2020, regardless of the original date of injury.
Attorney Lee Mathis was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for honest services mail fraud as a result of his role in a scheme that saw Mathis and another man, Fernando Valdes, pay kickbacks to providers for patient referrals to a company they co-owned, Los Angeles-based Foremost Shockwave Solutions.
Dr. Daniel Capen, a spinal surgeon in Huntington Beach, CA, was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in federal prison for conspiring to commit honest services fraud. He had received at least $5 million in kickbacks for performing surgeries at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach in a scheme coordinated by former Pacific Hospital owner Michael Drobot, and for referring patients for other medical services.