It's hard to deal with a life-changing diagnosis. Patients start to make decisions about their future plans, family roles and how they're going to move forward. As much as a relief it can be to find out a diagnosis was incorrect, it can also be devastating to find out a doctor or medical provider was negligent. In this case, a woman was left with an uncertain future when she was given an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
The shocking thing is that she, along with three other patients, had actually been misdiagnosed at the Toledo Clinic Cognitive Center by the same person. The center's director diagnosed them; they believed she was a neuropsychologist, but it's been claimed that she isn't recognized by the state psychology board. Alzheimer's disease is a serious diagnosis, so the four went to different doctors for a second opinion. None of them had the condition confirmed and were told they did not have it. That's when they started to realize there was something wrong.
The lawsuit claims that the director doesn't have medical licenses in Ohio of any kind. It alleges medical malpractice, fraud, misrepresentation, psychology malpractice and other serious claims. The complaint alleges that the woman misdiagnosed patients to maximize profits for the Toledo Clinic.
When the Toledo Clinic heard that there were allegations against the practitioner at the Cognitive Center, it stopped the center from operating and issued refunds to patients and third-party payers. The patients, according to the Toledo Clinic, are being contacted about follow-up care from neurologists at the Toledo Clinic or from others they choose to see.
Source: The Blade, "Lawsuits accuse center’s director of medical fraud," Jennifer Feehan, Aug. 19, 2016