LSU looking for private health care partnerships

Sep 10, 2012

The new head of the LSU health care system says he might rework the cuts his predecessor made across the public hospitals and enact deeper slashing at some facilities, as the university-run health network braces for continued drops in funding.

Frank Opelka's comments Friday came as the LSU Board of Supervisors authorized the start of a search for private investors and health care companies who might be interested in running some of the university's hospitals.

Opelka didn't describe where he might make deeper reductions, saying those decisions would be made by the end of the month.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has stripped a quarter of the health system's funding in response to a drop in federal Medicaid financing, and Jindal says LSU must change its model of providing services.