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  • The Health Plan of Nevada Gambled With The Lives of Nevada Families.
  • The Health Plan of Nevada dropped Dr. Desai because of complaints about the quality of care and hired him back years later because he gave an extraordinarily low bid.
  • "We will prove that the Health Plan of Nevada knew what was going on at the clinics, they knew about the practices of the doctors and did nothing," Robert Eglet, attorney for the plaintiffs.
  • "The Health Plan of Nevada took billions in insurance premiums from Nevada families. The HMO is responsible for the doctors they require patients to use," said Robert Eglet
  • $15 billion in premiums were paid to the Health Plan of Nevada by Nevada families from 1997- 2007. The Health Plan of Nevada collected $1.8 billion from Clark County families in 2012.

Colquit Trial Facts:  Actual Testimony from the HMO Trial Las Vegas :
 
Below are some of the highlights from the actual HMO trial questions / answers by the attorneys and witness.  You will be able to review the exact courtroom questions and answers.  Only facts presented at this web site, enjoy.


Q. Letís talk just in general about fast colonoscopies. When did you first learn that Dr. Desai claimed to be the fastest colonoscopist in town?
A. I canít recall the exact date, but I heard this on the street, that he did fast colonoscopies. That had to be probably in the 2000 Ė 2001, 2002, somewhere in there.
Q. So you had known about that prior to the hepatitis outbreak?
A. I Ė when the hepatitis outbreak occurred, then I heard that he was doing them in two to three minutes. Prior to that, I had no knowledge of the exact timeframe. But fast colonoscopies, that came to my attention sort of early Ė early in this decade or earlier in the previous decade, 2001, 2002, somewhere in there. I didnít equate that with any bad experience.
Q. So did you hear that from Dr. Desai, himself?
A. No, not directly from Dr. Desai.
Q. And can you recall any more details about what you heard?
A. I heard just that he was doing fast colonoscopies.

Q. You testified a minute ago in response to Mr. Robertsí questions that you became aware that he was doing fast colonoscopies in the year 2000, 2001. Do you remember that testimony?
A. I remember that testimony.
Q. In fact, what you learned was he was doing the fastest colonoscopies; right?
A. I donít recall that.
Q. Letís play Clip 108 and see if that refreshes your memory , Doctor.

                                          (Whereupon, video clip was played.)

BY MR. HAM:
Q. Had you ever heard at any time prior to the hepatitis outbreak that Dr. Desai performed quick colonoscopies?
A. Before the hepatitis Ė
Q Before 2008?
A. Yeah. It was common knowledge here in town.
Q. Was it common knowledge there in town prior to 2005? Is it your understanding that it was common knowledge in the community prior to 2005?
A. May I answer that?
Q yes.
A. The answer is yes.
Q And define for me what you mean when you agree that he was doing quick colonoscopies? What does that mean?

A Well, he was very proud of the fact that he was the fastest colonoscopies Ė he claimed to be the fastest colonoscopist in town.

BY MR. EGLET:
Q. So, Dr. Colquit, you knew that before credentialing and recredentialing Dr. Desai, didnít you?
A. Thatís true.
Q. And fastest means quicker than any other physician; correct? Thereís only one fastest; right?
A. Somebody has to be fastest.
Q. Somebody has to be the fastest; right?
A. Right.
Q. And thatís what it means; right?
A. Thatís right.
Q. And you have testified that you have worked with all of the gastroenterologists in town; correct?
A. Most of them. Thereís some that I donít know.
Q. Most of them you have worked with in town; right?
A. Right.
Q. And he was the fastest; right?
A. He bragged about that.
Q. Okay.
A. I had Ė I had no visible evidence of that .
Q. You testified during Mr. Robertsí questioning that you had no knowledge of the Cohan information until after the Hepatitis C outbreak in 2008; correct?
A. Thatís correct.
Q. And you had no knowledge because no one from HPN told you as a credentialing committee member that Dr. Cohan met with two HPN administrators and gave them this information; right?
A. That is what I said yesterday.
Q. So you donít know about the Cohan warning because HPN never told you about it; correct?
A. Thatís what I said yesterday
Q. And as a credentialing committee member for HPN, you would expect that HPN would share information like this, the Cohan information with the credentialing committee members; right?
A. I didnít lend any credence to it.
Q. Itís a yes or no question. Yes?
A. It must be yes.
Q. And you would expect HPN would share this information with you because you, as a credentialing committee member, need this information to do you job; right? You need to have information about the doctors that you or the physicians as a credentialing committee member, you need to have the information about physicians, especially negative information that might impact the health and safety of the insured members of HPN, and in order to do your job as a credentialing committee member you need that information; right?
A. I did not consider that negative Ė
Q. Do you need the information, yes or no?
A. Yes.
Q. Thank you.
Now, when Mr. Roberts asked you about the chart that we had up yesterday when I was examining you which shows 22 malpractice or adverse claims Ė adverse incident claims, do you recall that?
A. I recall that.
Q. You said you didnít know about any of those; correct?
A. Correct.
Q. And thatís because no one at HPN didnít tell you about those either; correct?
A. I donít know where Ė
Q No one at HĖ
A. I didnít know anything about it.
Q. No one at HPN ever gave you any of that information Ė
A. Thatís true.
Q Ė correct? And again, you would expected HPN to tell you about this information if they knew about it; right?
A. If they knew about it.

 

 

 

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