Chicago Home to Highest Number of Home Health Agencies Fraudulently Billing Medicaid

Home health agencies have become a valuable resource in helping care for aging spouses, parents, and loved ones. With a surging number of elderly Americans, many of whom choose to live in their own homes as long as possible, the demand for in-home healthcare is booming. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cook County, which includes downtown Chicago and neighboring areas, has more home health agencies than in the entire state of New York. Cook County is also home to the highest number of Medicare fraud cases involving home health and physician staffing agencies.  A Chicago Tribune Watchdog Report reveals that the home health industry is a loosely regulated area of medicine that has become extremely lucrative for unethical agencies and physicians looking to illegally profit from taxpayer-funded Medicare. According to the report, 96 people have been charged in the last 7 years with home health care fraud in Chicagoland. At least 24 of these cases were against physician staffing…

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