Henry Ford Health doctors sue over age-based cognitive screening assessments

A Henry Ford Health ophthalmologist is suing the health system over its policy of requiring evaluations based solely on age, starting with 70-year-olds, according to a federal lawsuit.

Dr. Lylas Mogk filed suit against Henry Ford Health and Henry Ford Medical Group in U.S. District Court in Detroit last month under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the genetic information discrimination and Elliott- state. Larsen Civil Rights Act and Disability Civil Rights Act.

Mogk, 84, of Grosse Pointe Park, has worked for Henry Ford Health since January 1995 and is the founder and past director of the Henry Ford Center for Vision Research and Rehabilitation. She is also a member of Henry Ford Medical Group and is subject to the group’s policy on fitness for duty of senior employees and biosciences, which took effect in 2017, according to the complaint complaint filed in court.

This policy requires that “all HFMG members who have reached age 70 will receive a cognitive screening assessment. This assessment will be based solely on age. This assessment will be repeated at age 75 and annually thereafter,” the lawsuit said. It also states the cognitive assessment will be conducted by the health system’s behavioral services department. If further evaluation is required, a member of Henry Ford Medical Group will have a full fitness for duty assessment performed by an independent examiner.

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