Las Vegas Sun: Endoscopy Doc Was Greedy

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The scandal in which more than 50,000 people may have been exposed to hepatitis C and other pathogens in affiliated Nevada endoscopy clinics has been raging since 2008. It heated up yesterday when health officials released a report outlining the infractions of the endoscopy clinics, and when the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, based on this report, claimed today that greed prevented the clinics’ owner from proper medical action.

The report was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Nevada State Health Division Bureau. The Las Vegas Sun article outlines several “highlights” from the report, such as that staff members at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada were falsifying billing records, reusing several types of disposable devices and equipment, and were rushing colonoscopies. 

The article is titled, “Report shows how Desai put profits first” and can be found here. The article states that the report, “details ways in which the greed of its owner, Dr. Dipak Desai, got in the way of sound and ethical medical practice.”

According to the CDC/Nevada State report:

-“Staff members reported that anesthesia times were intentionally recorded incorrectly for the purposes of obtaining additional reimbursement ... Times for procedures shorter than 30 minutes in length were typically reported as 31 or more minutes.”

-Financial records from the clinic show that about 2,000 bite blocks were purchased in 2007, but the clinic performed about 5,800 procedures that required bite blocks that year.

-The staff purchased 6,200 single-use biopsy forceps and polyp removal wires, but records show the staff performed more than 7,800 of those procedures.

To read the report, click here.

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