Nevada HMO loses bid to dismiss hep C civil suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s largest health management organization lost a bid for dismissal of a civil lawsuit filed by two men who say they contracted hepatitis C during outpatient procedures at a Las Vegas clinic owned by a criminally convicted former network doctor.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HRvuUo ) that Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish ruled Tuesday that patients Donald Lynam and David Magana can continue to seek unspecified damages from Health Plan of Nevada.

Their complaint accuses the HMO of negligence for listing former Dr. Dipak Desai (DEE’-pahk deh-SEYE’) in its network of physicians.

Desai was convicted of 27 criminal charges, including second-degree murder, stemming from in 2007 viral outbreak that officials said may have affected more than 100 people.

Desai is now serving 18 years to life in prison.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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