Massive Evidence and Testimony Kept from Jury Will Support HPN’s Strong Appeal in Nevada Endoscopy Case

Tue Apr 9, 2013 8:25pm EDT

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Nevadans` Health Care Faces Major Disruptions, Cost Increases if Verdict Stands
LAS VEGAS--(Business Wire)--
Health Plan of Nevada (HPN) today issued the following statement regarding the
punitive damages award in the Meyer/Brunson case that recently concluded at the
Clark County Courthouse: 

"The number announced today has no grounding whatsoever in reality - it
represents fantasy damages, not punitive damages. We have a compelling case for
appeal since the jurors were barred from hearing extensive evidence and
testimony about how Dr. Desai`s covert, criminal practices were hidden from the
entire community, including Health Plan of Nevada. 

"For example, the jury did not hear that Dr. Desai has been criminally charged
for the outbreak, that the same plaintiffs already sued and collected millions
from a pharmaceutical company, that we used extensive provider credentialing and
contracting policies and procedures, that Dr. Desai and others were credentialed
or accredited by other HMOs, hospitals and the Accreditation Association for
Ambulatory Health Care, and that during the relevant time period a number of
government agencies had inspected the clinic where these providers practiced and
found no issues. 

"Even more troubling, the court held that placing Dr. Desai in HPN`s network
caused the plaintiffs to contract Hepatitis C because: (1) plaintiffs` Hepatitis
C was the result of Desai`s medical malpractice; and (2) a doctor`s medical
malpractice is always a foreseeable consequence of placing a doctor in a health
plan`s network. If allowed to stand, this would have a devastating impact on the
availability and affordability of health insurance in Nevada. 

"The only numbers that matter here are the higher insurance premiums that
Nevadans may pay if health plans are held liable for the criminal conduct of
independent doctors." 

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Health Plan of Nevada
Tyler Mason, 702-546-6093
Twitter @endoscopyfacts

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