Department of Public Health Plans to Remove License from Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, Federal Funding Revoked
Without federal funding from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a facility license provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Chicago Lakeshore Hospital may finally pay for its continued failures in compliance by jeopardizing patient health and safety. CMS recently announced it would terminate a Medicare agreement, which provides accompanying federal funding to the psychiatric hospital formerly known as Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, and IDPH released plans to revoke the facility’s license. Both agencies cited ongoing allegations of abuse, safety violations, and deficiencies that threaten the overall wellbeing of patients as the cause.
- Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is a private psychiatric facility located in the northside of the city.
- The facility is one of the largest behavioral health providers in the state, serving about 5,000 patients annually.
- An estimated 300 child and teen patients placed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are treated and hospitalized at the facility each year.
- For several years, claims of sexual abuse and related disruptions have come from young patients in the hospital’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Program.
- Last year, more than 80% of its patients were insured through Medicare or Medicaid programs.
- Payments from Medicaid, a joint state and federal program, have also been terminated.
- There are currently about 40 Medicaid patients being treated a Lakeshore, all who will be discharged or transferred.
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has removed the hospital from its networks.
In addition to the licensure and funding revocation, the Cook County public guardian filed a lawsuit against Chicago Lakeshore, calling it a “hospital of horrors,” where children as young as 7 were allegedly sexually abused, and others were injected with sedatives used for wrongful medical restraint.
Abuse and Neglect Allegations Gained Attention of Human Rights Group
In 2018, the ACLU threatened to take DCFS to court after the agency investigated 16 allegations of abuse and neglect at the hospital between staff and child patients, and other hospital residents. DCFS was expected to take immediate action to ensure child patients were safe by putting an immediate hold on future admissions and transfer current patients to other treatment centers. Officials have since been accused of covering it up.
No patient, especially a child, should endure physical or emotional abuse and mistreatment, especially during a hospital stay designed to care for and provide treatment.
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