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  • Louisiana again negotiating safety-net hospital term deals

    July 17, 2017 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is renegotiating the terms of deals with the private members of its safety-net hospitals and services, in what is becoming an annual bargaining session aimed at keeping state costs in check. Gov. John Bel Edwards' lead negotiator, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, says drafts of... more »
  • Hospital CEO brings $6M check to pay debts to budget hearing

    May 26, 2017 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The operator of two Louisiana state-owned hospitals is again in a dispute with Louisiana State University's medical school over unpaid debts. The disagreement spilled out into a Senate Finance Committee budget hearing Friday, with the CEO of the hospitals handing over a $6 million check to LSU... more »
  • $135M boost going to LSU hospital managers under new deals

    October 27, 2016 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The private operators of LSU's charity hospitals are in line for a $135 million boost in their payments as part of new deals struck by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration. State lawmakers are being asked Friday to increase financing for the privatization deals to nearly $1.3 billion... more »
  • Edwards reaches deal with north Louisiana hospital operator

    October 3, 2016 8:37 PM

    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... more »
  • Edwards aims to end contract with north La. hospital manager

    September 22, 2016 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is moving to oust the operator of LSU's hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, after it refused renegotiated contract terms sought by the governor. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne sent a letter to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana notifying the hospital manager... more »
  • Stalemate emerges between state, north La. hospital operator

    September 19, 2016 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration appears to be in a stalemate with the manager of the state-owned charity hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana has refused to sign off on renegotiated terms of its deal with the state, financing and other... more »
  • Thursday deadline set by Edwards on reworked hospital deals

    September 9, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has given the private operators of the LSU hospitals and clinics until next week to decide if they agree to renegotiated terms of their financing deals with the state. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the LSU Board of Supervisors the "public/private partners"... more »
  • Lawmakers approve budget, look to raise taxes in special session

    June 5, 2016 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers passed a budget Sunday evening that slashes funding for both TOPS scholarships and hospitals. The approved cuts means the TOPS scholarship would be cut in half, costing an LSU student about $1,800 to go to school next year. The healthcare cuts could hurt health... more »
  • DHH says cuts could be 'catastrophic' to Medicaid patients Play Video

    January 27, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals said on Wednesday that $131 million in cuts which could come from midyear budget negotiations could be "catastrophic" for those who rely on Medicaid. DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said they submitted their plan Wednesday for how to spread the... more »
  • LSU seeking to oust operator of Shreveport, Monroe hospitals

    September 24, 2015 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is seeking to end its deal with the private operator of its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals. The university system sent formal notice Thursday to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana that it considers the hospital manager in breach of its contract. It gave the... more »
  • FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

    August 4, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are laying out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S. However, Food and Drug Administration officials acknowledge that not all hospitals have the staff, expertise and resources to... more »
  • LSU outlines grievances about hospitals' management

    July 14, 2015 11:05 AM

    MONROE - In a 10-page breach notice, LSU outlines three primary claims of why it believes Biomedical Research Foundation has failed to live up to its contract responsibilities as the operator of public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. The three primary claims from LSU against the foundation include: failure to... more »
  • Hospital operator says LSU will declare contract breached

    July 10, 2015 3:49 PM

    MONROE - The operator of hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe says LSU intends to push out the group. Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana Chairman Steve Skrivanos told the News-Star Friday after a meeting with LSU administrators that the university intends to declare that the foundation has breached its contract.... more »
  • New troubles erupt in LSU Shreveport hospital privatization

    June 18, 2015 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions again are emerging in the privatization deal for LSU's hospital in Shreveport. The private manager of the hospital, which is operated as University Health, on Thursday accused a competitor in the region of trying to poach its doctors and paying patients. University Health System officials said... more »
  • Bill would ban hospitals from charging victim for rape exam

    April 30, 2015 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to prohibit hospitals from billing rape victims for medical exams has started advancing in the Louisiana House. Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat and the measure's sponsor, said billing rape victims is commonplace in Louisiana, even though it is banned by federal law. Moreno's... more »
  • Hospitals offer to share in cost of La. Medicaid expansion

    April 27, 2015 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana struggles with budget troubles, private hospitals are offering lawmakers a way to draw down more federal health care dollars for patient care. But that's only if the money is used to expand coverage through the Medicaid program. The proposal was developed by the Louisiana Hospital... more »
  • Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members. The president will get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. Obama is traveling to... more »
  • DHH, area hospitals plan for BRG ER closure Play Video

    February 20, 2015 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced plans Friday to handle the upcoming closure of Baton Rouge General Hospital's Mid City emergency room on March 31. Other hospitals in the Capital Area also announced strategies, including hiring additional staff and extending treatment hours, to help... more »
  • Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

    January 30, 2015 12:00 PM

    NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that about 198 out of every 100,000 people... more »
  • Rape exams should be billed to state, Jindal says

    December 9, 2014 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has directed a state crime victim's board to pay hospitals and health centers for sexual assault victims' medical exams. Jindal's executive order, issued Tuesday, is trying to keep victims from being charged for a forensic medical exam, billing that advocacy groups and lawmakers called... more »
  • Officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care

    December 2, 2014 11:24 AM

    NEW YORK - Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. In the... more »
  • Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

    October 23, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient. The Associated Press poll also finds that most Americans say the... more »
  • CDC urges all US hospitals to 'think Ebola'

    October 13, 2014 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health authorities are telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days. He... more »
  • LSU board approves rewritten hospital contracts

    October 1, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services. The Board of Supervisors approved the rewritten contracts without objection Wednesday. The reworked deals are part of an effort by Gov. Bobby... more »
  • The time to get the flu vaccine is now Play Video

    September 24, 2014 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With fall rapidly approaching, it is once again time for children and adults to line up for flu vaccines. Local doctors are advocating for people to get vaccinated now before the season is expected to peak so that the odds of more people getting sick can... more »
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    August 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care from the Phoenix VA rocked the agency last spring, exposing a system... more »
  • LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

    August 21, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU has sent a collection letter to the nonprofit foundation running the university's hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport, saying it owes the LSU System more than $25 million. The money is for physician, transition and other services related to the privatization that should have been paid by... more »
  • Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    FORT BELVOIR, VA - President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for a $16.3 billion measure allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to hire... more »

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