UnitedHealth Verdict May Spur HMOs To Toughen Doc Reviews

Law360, New York (April 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A $524 million verdict against two units of United HealthCare Services Inc. for negligently failing to monitor an in-network doctor allegedly responsible for a hepatitis C outbreak should be a wake-up call to health maintenance organizations across the country to ensure their oversight practices are tough enough to defend against similar suits, experts say.

The doctor, Dipak Desai, is accused of causing a hepatitis outbreak by reusing vials of anesthetic and failing to sterilize equipment between endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies. This month, a jury in...
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