It is purported that Chicago area pain specialist Dr. Paul Madison is using the old Melrose Park Clinic as an evening/suburb satellite office. Some receptionists at the Melrose Park office have recently reported that Madison charges $375.00 (in cash only) per appointment – no insurance accepted. Madison’s fee is nearly twice what former Dr. Joseph L. Giacchino was charging his patients in pain at the same location. A few people have suggested that Madison might be splitting his medical fee with Giacchino. If true, this is wholly unacceptable. However, the suspected fee splitting scheme is likely disguised in an office-rent agreement. This means that Giacchino is likely acting as a property owner in a subleasing arrangement with Madison.
In a bizarre twist, it is further purported that Giacchino serves Madison’s Melrose Park office as an office assistant/receptionist. It is obvious to me that Giacchino is there to facilitate the smooth transfer of his former patients to the new medical practice.
For those of you that are wondering, the State of Illinois’ licensing case against Giacchino is moving slowly. Thank goodness, his medical license remains suspended in the meantime. The licensing case is delayed until mid-September, and I am told Giacchino fired one of his attorneys, Mr. Goldberg. He has since been replaced.