Three veterans may have died due to misdiagnoses, VA officials say

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Officials say three veterans may have died due to the misdiagnoses at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.

This information comes after a public town hall meeting Monday morning.

The incorrect diagnoses are due to a pathologist who was found to be impaired on the job.

As a result, the VA had to review 33,806 cases and as of last Friday, 14,980 reviews have been made.

From that number, over 1,000 errors and misdiagnoses have been found.

Almost 70% of the misdiagnoses resulted in no or little error, which do not have any negative clinical impact on effected patients. 

Almost 6% of all the reviews resulted in disagreement of the initial diagnoses, calling for some changes but still have no negative clinical impact on the effected patient. 

Almost 2% of the reviews resulted in major errors of the initial diagnoses, calling for some modification and a brand new report. 

Interim Director of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Kelvin Parks, said 11 of those reviews had serious consequences. 3 of those 11 may have died due to misdiagnoses. 

18,826 cases still need reviewed, and Parks said half of the reviews will be made by VA pathologists and the other half will be reviewed by non VA pathologist.

The VA hopes to finish all of the reviews by December 31st. 

Right now, the impaired pathologist and the supervisor of that pathologist no longer work for the VA, and the organization is still looking for a replacement.

The next town hall meeting to discuss this further will be October 29th at 11 a.m.

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