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.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is presenting a free lecture about lessons learned from the “Obamacare” briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court. The lecture takes place on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 308, and is open to the public.
Hosted by Ross Guberman, a critically-acclaimed author and president of Legal Writing Pro, LLC, the lecture will focus on the writing techniques used in the briefs filed in the decision.
The LSU System's top health care leader has been ousted from his role overseeing the university's network of public hospitals and clinics.
Fred Cerise had clashed with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration over budget cuts that stripped hundreds of millions of dollars from the LSU safety net health care system.
Cerise's replacement was announced Friday by LSU with no explanation. But in an e-mail to The Associated Press, Cerise said he was notified a day earlier by LSU System President William Jenkins that, "I will no longer lead the LSU Health System."
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is asking for an attorney general's opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal can close a state-run mental health facility in St. Tammany Parish without legislative approval.
Sen. Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, says closing Southeast Louisiana Hospital in a parish that has one of the state's highest suicide rates is unwise. He's pushing to keep the facility open.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's confident LSU's network of public hospitals and clinics will protect health care services, despite cuts that strip a quarter of the system's funding.
Lawmakers have said they don't understand how the university-run health care system can shrink its budget by $329 million this year without shutting facilities that take care of the poor and uninsured.
But Jindal on Tuesday told reporters that "LSU is well on their way to presenting a plan that's going to protect critical services."