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CostFirst & FirstI to Present at the Anti-Fraud Conference

February 10, 2020

Beth Howard-Stalker, CEO of CostFirst, and Bill Reynolds of FirstI, will be speaking on the topic of Unbundling Schemes in medical coding at the upcoming 31st Annual Anti-Fraud Conference in Monterey, CA in April.

New Program to Protect Medical Claim Portfolios

February 4, 2020

First Investigation Services (FirstI), a leader in medical provider and billing investigations, has announced a new program called SHIELD™ designed to proactively protect medical claim portfolios. By using proprietary (patent pending) data analytics, SHIELD goes far beyond the customary California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) listings of suspended and stayed medical providers.

Sexual Misconduct Complaints About Doctors Skyrocketing In California

November 26, 2019

Sexual misconduct complaints against California doctors are up 61% since 2017 according to the state medical board. But that may be just the tip of the iceberg. KPIX 5 spoke with some patients who say their complaints went unheard for years. Andria Borba reports for KPIX 5 SF Bay Area. (11-26-2019)

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Are you attending the National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference in Las Vegas?

November 6-8, 2019

CostFirst is excited to connect with old friends and meeting new ones!

Visit CostFirst at the CWCRC Show

September 3-6, 2019

To learn more about CostFirst’s provider vetting and lien defense solutions, visit us at booth #58 at CWCRC (California Workers’ Compensation Risk Conference)


March 29, 2019

TAKE NOTHING – The court found that Liberty Medical Group did not meet its burden of proof in regard to the issue of whether the report from Dr. Phan was a medical-legal report.

Cycle for Survival

February 26, 2019

We will be participating in the Cycle for Survival – Saturday, March 2. The movement is dedicated to beating rare cancers and a cause that’s near and dear to our heart. Our team – Woodland Hills Warriors – PT – will be riding on Saturday, March 2, from 1-5 PM at the Equinox Sports Club, WLA. Your help is needed to reach our goal!

CostFirst case cited in lien discussion at the 2019 DWC Educational Training

February 8, 2019

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has cited CostFirst’s lien case (Santiago v. Reins International California Inc., Judge Decision ADJ9963880).  Judges Gunn and Skelly will be referencing this case as a model under their Declarations – Requirements and Validity topic…

CostFirst's New Walk-Through Service

January 30, 2019

CostFirst offers a Walk-Through Service to clients looking for an efficient and cost effective solution to resolve in pro per claims. Our skilled workers’ compensation professionals… Website Gets An Update

January 28, 2019

CostFirst has announced a new and improved website. The update includes many of the same great features, such as our Referral page where you can simply refer your claims and upload documents to us directly from the website…

Two Judges Define “Conviction” For Purpose Of Suspending Providers Pursuant To AB 1244

By Michael Lents – April 11, 2017

In a recent article on, it was reported that two workers’ compensation judges, Paul DeWeese and Alan Skelly, summed up the definition of “conviction.”  The question at hand…

New CostFirst.Com Website Chronicles The Evolution Of Healthcare Resolution With New People, Products And Technology

October 1, 2016

CostFirst Corporation would like to introduce to you our newly launched website.  Here you can read about who we are, how we can help you and much more!  What’s even better…

Kid’s Chance Sponsorship

August 8, 2016

Catastrophic work Injuries change lives – immediately and permanently. The workers’ compensation industry should be proud of our many remarkable successes in restoring…