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  • Beach advisories ahead of Memorial Day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 21, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state issued beach advisories ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend. There are 24 beach sites along the Louisiana coast. Sites are tested every Monday from April 1 to the end of October. Precautions are posted when the water quality is abnormal. "It's not going... more »
  • ER closure the talk of the town Thursday in Baton Rouge

    March 19, 2015 5:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The talk of the town today is the health care of people in Mid City. There are two events to discuss the closure of the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City. The group Together BR is holding a press conference Thursday to ask Our... more »
  • Political, health and community leaders to discuss BR's emergency room situation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 11, 2015 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Inner-city health care is the topic of discussion on the steps of the Capitol this morning. Political and community meetings are meeting to discuss options after the announcement that Baton Rouge General's Mid-City Emergency Room is closing. The group and hospital officials agree that too... more »
  • BRG Mid-City Emergency Room closing within two months

    February 3, 2015 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency care is on life support as a hospital plans to cut off their primary service. Baton Rouge General Mid-City will be shuttering the doors of its emergency room within the next 60 days, according to a press release. It's the second go around for... more »
  • Ebola scare shows holes in state education procedure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 15, 2014 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ebola scare has prompted precautionary measures from top state educators. Wednesday, the State Department of Education along with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met with the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to introduce... more »
  • DHH hires chief compliance officer

    December 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new person to help identify fraud and waste in Medicaid spending. William Root will serve as the chief compliance officer. The department has gone more than two years without its own auditor. DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert... more »
  • DHH making changes in nutritional program

    November 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is making major changes to how it runs its supplemental nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children. It's in response to a new audit showing Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job in monitoring the... more »
  • DHH highlights changes to food inspection program

    November 21, 2013 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is highlighting major changes to its Retail Food Inspection Program. Program improvements over the last year have led to timely inspections of restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias and other food vendors. Compliance orders can be tracked and survey results can... more »
  • Health department begins flu vaccine campaign

    November 13, 2013 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department kicked off its annual "Fight the Flu" campaign today, urging people to get vaccinated. The Department of Health and Hospitals held events Wednesday at health centers around the state, and at a state police office in Lafayette along with the Alexandria Museum of... more »
  • Emergency rule to clean drinking water

    November 6, 2013 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is requiring all water systems in Louisiana to raise the disinfectant levels. The emergency rule is an attempt to flush out an amoeba that has appeared in two of the state's water systems. The amoeba was first detected in... more »
  • Worker accused of blowing Medicaid money at casinos

    June 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a former Department of Health and Hospitals accountant today and accused her of stealing more than $1 million from the state Medicaid program, then blowing it at casinos. Investigators charged Deborah Crowder Loper, 46, with theft by fraud, money laundering and malfeasance in office.... more »
  • Health officials offer tips for hurricane season

    May 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals urged people to get their household medical needs ready for an active hurricane season. "When it comes to preparing for storms, we're all in this together," said DHH Interim Secretary Kathy Kliebert. Be sure to watch WBRZ's special hurricane... more »
  • Law would increase fee for restaurant inspections check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 28, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Restaurant owners across the state could see a permit fee increase in the near future. HB337 passed the House and is headed to the Senate. It would increase the permit fee to $150. The added cost would help the Department of Health and Hospitals fund its... more »
  • DHH employee accused of misappropriating funds

    March 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals employee is accused of misappropriating public funds. DHH's Bureau of Health Care Integrity conducted an internal investigation and found the employee allegedly misappropriated more than $800,000 in public funds by depositing checks made payable to DHH into a non-DHH account,... more »
  • Restaurant owners calling for more from OPH check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 27, 2012 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Restaurant owners and managers say they want stricter guidelines from the Office of Public Health, when it comes to inspections. This comes after a legislative audit showed public health issued permits to restaurants with uncorrected violations, rarely used formal enforcement action, and much more. According to... more »
  • DHH makes restaurant ratings available online

    August 8, 2011 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Starting today, you can find out if a Louisiana restaurant makes the grade in cleanliness by checking a website. And it's not just restaurants or fast food joints; food sold at service stations and even snowball stands get a report card. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • Federal audit says DHH mismanaged $50M grant

    July 19, 2011 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A federal audit is charging Louisiana's health department with mismanaging a $50 million post-Hurricane Katrina grant intended to restore health care access to the New Orleans region. The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that the... more »
  • DHH Secretary contract controversy

    June 8, 2011 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein's confirmation hearing today resulted in a major debate with lawmakers. As part of the hearing lawmakers blasted him for withholding an announcement involving the state Medicaid contract. He later released the information in the meeting, confirming that the... more »

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