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Edwards reaches deal with north Louisiana hospital operator

4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago October 03, 2016 Oct 3, 2016 Monday, October 03 2016 October 03, 2016 7:37 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief lawyer says the state has reached a renegotiated management deal with the operator of the LSU charity hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport.

The governor's executive counsel, Matthew Block, said Monday that he hopes to have a signed agreement within days with the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF.

The reworked arrangement comes less than two weeks after Edwards moved to remove BRF as the hospitals' manager because foundation leadership refused new contract terms.

Block says under the renegotiated deal, BRF will provide $37 million in additional payments to LSU doctors for their services at the hospitals in this budget year. The hospital operator also will pay at least $6.9 million that LSU says it is owed in unpaid bills.

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