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Dr. Deepak Desai, the leading doctor and majority owner of the clinics under investigation, has told the State Board of Medical Examiners that he will not practice medicine as the investigation into the Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada moves forward.
A second doctor tied to the operation, Vishvinder Sharma, resigned from the State Medical Board Friday, but did not turn over his medical license.
The following centers remain closed:
Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, 700 Shadow Lane
Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, 4275 S. Burnham
Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 4275 S. Burnham
Spanish Hills Surgical Center, 5915 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway
Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, 3150 N Tenaya Way # 225
The scope of the unsafe medical practices is more widespread than ever dreamed, according to a leading state health professional. According to officials, more clinics are possibly using unsafe practices and new investigations are getting underway.
Four new clinics have been discovered reusing dirty syringes and medical equipment and another clinic in Summerlin has closed its doors.
Investigators still need to check 30 clinics statewide, including 21 here in Clark County. They say all of the problems in these clinics have been fixed, so they are allowed to stay open. But many leaders are still calling this a crisis.
Lisa Jones leads the inspection teams. She says the newly found dirty clinics aren't a threat anymore. "Right now, we have no other illnesses tied to any of them and we have no indication there has been any exposure."
The state will also get federal help on Tuesday when Centers for Disease Control agents will come to Nevada to assist all the new inspections.
The FBI has also joined the investigation of the Endoscopy Center for possible Medicare fraud. Investigators want to know whether the center billed Medicare for 30-minute appointments that did not last that long.
The clinic may have also committed fraud for billing Medicare for two vials in instances when only one was used.