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  • 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 »
  • Federal agency has questions about hospital deals

    August 20, 2014 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's revised financing plan for six LSU hospital privatization deals is running into questions from federal health officials who rejected a previous version. The state health department on Wednesday released the three-page question letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.... more »
  • Dozens to be laid off at Office of Group Benefits Play Video

    June 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of employees at the State Office of Group Benefits won't have a job by the end of the summer, as restructuring efforts call for the layoffs of at least 30 workers. Employees who reached out to News 2 said they were told this week that 30-35... more »
  • Health dept. submits new hospital financing plan

    May 23, 2014 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A revised financing plan for six LSU hospital privatization deals has been filed with the federal agency that oversees Medicaid spending, which rejected previous versions. The Department of Health and Hospitals submitted its new proposal Friday. Questions remain about whether previous pieces of the financing arrangements that... more »
  • Lawmakers back closure of LSU's Pineville hospital

    May 14, 2014 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU-run public hospital in central Louisiana will be shuttered, after the House gave final passage to legislation authorizing the closure. Lawmakers agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization plan for the charity hospital, despite the recent rejection of federal financing plans for other hospital outsourcing deals. The... more »
  • Lafayette hospital privatization runs over budget

    May 9, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization deal for the LSU hospital in Lafayette was running $6 million over budget by April's end, with two months remaining in the fiscal year. The overspending was detailed in an update to lawmakers about payments made for the outsourcing contracts involving nine state-owned,... more »
  • Lawmakers advance next hospital privatization plan

    May 6, 2014 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is pushing ahead with privatization plans for a ninth LSU hospital, despite the recent rejection of federal financing plans for other hospital outsourcing deals. Lawmakers appear willing to go along with the effort. The House health committee voted 10-8 Tuesday for... more »
  • Jindal administration still planning on privatization

    May 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal's top budget adviser says the administration is going ahead with privatization of state-owned hospitals, despite federal approval problems. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Monday that federal rejection of the privatization contracts won't force an adjustment. Nichols says the state will appeal the... more »
  • Feds reject LSU hospital deals

    May 2, 2014 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he will appeal federal officials' rejection of financing plans for privatization deals involving six state-owned hospitals that care for the state's poor and uninsured. In a statement, the Republican governor said the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "has no legal... more »
  • Gov. says hospital deals have expanded services

    September 12, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the last pieces are put in place for the privatization of Louisiana's charity hospital system, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is seeking to quell criticism of the deals with stories of improved care. The governor and top cabinet leaders say the first outsourcing deals rolled out earlier... more »
  • Fiscal analysts: LSU hospital deals $39M short

    September 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's financial analysts say Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize the LSU-run hospital network is bringing in $39 million less than expected for the current budget year. This year's budget was built on estimates provided to lawmakers by the Jindal administration that private hospital managers would... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan approved

    September 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today. It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract. It also allows LSU to... more »
  • Audit: Mental health privatization increased costs

    August 19, 2013 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment programs has created confusion and added costs for the local human services districts that provide the care. The review by the Legislative Auditor's Office was released Monday. It looked at the first... more »
  • Civil service panel agrees to LSU hospital deals

    June 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Civil Service Commission has reversed course and agreed to privatization plans for four LSU hospitals, with nearly 4,000 layoffs set to take effect June 23. The commission's 3-2 vote Monday was the final step needed for Gov. Bobby Jindal to turn over management of university-run hospitals... more »
  • Civil service panel rejects LSU hospital layoffs

    June 5, 2013 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Civil Service Commission has refused to approve layoff plans tied to Gov. Bobby Jindal's deals to privatize four LSU hospitals. The commission voted 4-3 Wednesday to reject the layoffs of about 3,000 state employees at the hospitals in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma and Lake Charles.... more »
  • LSU privatization deals approved for 4 hospitals

    May 28, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved contracts to privatize four more of its public hospitals, in agreements still missing key financing details. Approval from the board Tuesday handed authority to sign off on final deals, including items like the amount for rental payments, to LSU System President... more »
  • Jindal adviser: LSU privatization deals on track

    May 23, 2013 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget architect says the state will have enough money to cover the costs of privatizing all but one of the 10 LSU-run hospitals. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says all deals will be completed next month. Nichols was addressing questions raised by the... more »
  • Analyst says funding gap for LSU hospital deals

    May 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first three LSU hospital privatization deals appear to use up 94 percent of the funding Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration set aside for eight such arrangements. That was the assessment Friday of the Legislative Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan office that provided an update to the Senate Finance... more »
  • Former hospital chief not at privatization hearing

    May 15, 2013 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators told members of the LSU Board of Supervisors that they want an explanation for why the university system's former hospitals chief, Fred Cerise, was directed not to attend a legislative hearing to discuss plans to privatize the LSU hospitals. Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, said he... more »
  • Jindal won't seek legislative backing on LSU deals

    April 18, 2013 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't seek legislative approval of his administration's LSU hospital privatization agreements, though both the House and Senate have voted that they want such decision-making authority. Jindal said Thursday that he believes the legislative resolutions that have received support in the House and... more »
  • Committee to look at privatized Medicaid plans

    April 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state Senate committee scheduled to meet this afternoon will look at compromises other states have made with the Obama administration over expanding health coverage for the poor. Governor Bobby Jindal said he would not accept the Medicaid expansion under the president's health care reforms, saying... more »
  • Civil Service panel approves hospital outsourcing

    April 2, 2013 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Civil Service Commission has approved a Jindal administration plan to outsource the health care services currently provided by LSU's public hospital in Baton Rouge. The 4-2 vote by the commission Tuesday paves the way for 777 employee layoffs at Earl K. Long Medical Center. The... more »
  • Willis Knighton won't be part of LSU privatization

    April 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Willis Knighton Health System in Shreveport won't be a part of the effort to privatize the LSU-run hospital in that city. Last week, the LSU Board of Supervisors agreed to negotiate turning over the operations of university-run hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to a nonprofit research foundation -... more »
  • LSU hospitals in north La. set for privatization

    March 27, 2013 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors has agreed to negotiate turning over operations of university-run hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to a nonprofit research foundation whose interim president sits on the LSU board. The board Wednesday backed an arrangement LSU hopes will lead to the Biomedical Research Foundation... more »
  • LSU hospital bonds are taxable under privatization

    March 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans to privatize most of LSU's public hospitals means borrowing for repairs and construction of the health facilities will be taxable. That borrowing will cost the state more. The Bond Commission learned that bonds issued for LSU hospitals and clinics slated to be managed by private hospital... more »
  • No privatization planned for LSU's Lallie Kemp

    January 29, 2013 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While most of LSU's south Louisiana hospitals are set for privatization, the head of the LSU hospital system says its facility in Tangipahoa Parish will stay under university control for the foreseeable future. Frank Opelka, LSU's vice president for health affairs and medical education, said Tuesday he... more »
  • Privatization underway for Lake Charles hospital

    January 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials say they have found a private operator to run the LSU hospital in Lake Charles that provides safety net care for the uninsured. The Department of Health and Hospitals announced Friday that management of LSU's W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center will be turned over... more »
  • Vote shelved on Jindal health outsourcing plan Play Video

    November 1, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser scrapped a planned legislative vote on the governor's proposal to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols pulled the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield... more »
  • Privatization of state agency yields early savings

    July 23, 2012 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislative auditors say a contract with a private company based in Mandeville to privatize and run much of the claims processing and management handled by the state's Office of Risk Management has been producing results ahead of schedule. Emily Wilson, a performance audit manager for the state's... more »
  • 2 companies protest La Medicaid contract choices

    August 9, 2011 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two companies have protested Louisiana's choice of other companies to run managed care networks for $2.2 billion of the state's Medicaid program. Aetna Inc. says Aetna Better Health wants information submitted in contract proposals, and state Department of Health and Hospital records about the scoring, made... more »
  • Auditor: Jindal administration refusing records

    May 2, 2011 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has refused to hand over some information about a proposal to hire a private company to run a state worker health insurance program. Purpera says without the information, his auditors can't determine whether the privatization would be... more »
  • House backs bill that could slow privatization

    May 20, 2010 3:57 PM

    State lawmakers could slow down Gov.Bobby Jindal's plans to hire outside contractors to run some of Louisiana's inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities - if the Senate agrees to a proposal that has won House backing. The House voted 64-27 Thursday for a bill that would give lawmakers the ability to... more »
  • Town worries about layoffs at state psychiatric hospitals

    May 5, 2010 10:24 PM

    The town of Jackson is worried about the future of one of its oldest residents. Layoffs and privatization are coming to the East Louisiana Psychiatric Hospital. People in the town say that will affect homes and businesses too. While there is fear about the future, people say there is... more »
  • Legislative update: Michael Shingleton

    May 5, 2010 10:37 AM

    HB 1443 has been deferred for one week. This bill deals with the privatization of certain DHH mental health hospitals. (Eastern Louisiana Mental Health, Southeast Louisiana Hospital, Central Louisiana State Hospital) HB 186 by Rep. Hardy failed in the education committee this morning. This bill would have changed gpa... more »

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