health care

Red River Radio
2:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medical Research In Louisiana Will Be Pared Back Under Federal Budget Cuts, Says Advocacy Group

The head of a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes health research said Louisiana stands to lose millions of dollars in medical research funding due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Mary Woolley, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Research!America, said the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions – and the grants are getting scarcer and more competitive.

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WRKF
8:52 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Hospital Stabilization Fund Passes State Senate

The Senate signed off on a measure yesterday that aims to restore funding to health care.

Sounds good right?

The opposition, including twenty-plus-year member of the legislature Senator Robert Adley, was quick to point out that approving the measure may back lawmakers into a corner with the budget.

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WRKF
12:35 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Officials Assure Lawmakers University Medical Center Is Fully Funded

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:13 am

Facility planning officials say the construction of University Medical Center in New Orleans is on time and on budget.

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Red River Radio
9:07 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Christus Health To Close Main Shreveport Hospital

Christus Health will close its Christus Schumpert St. Mary's Place medical complex in Shreveport and consolidate many services into its Highland Medical Center in Shreveport. CEO Stephen Wright announced at a news conference Monday that the cost cutting move will eliminate 200 jobs over the next two years, trimming its workforce by about 10 percent. Wright said the Sutton Children’s Medical Center, which has been running a $10 million annual deficit in recent years, will also close.

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WRKF
7:42 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Ochsner's Transplant Team Heralded

The Multi-Transplant Institute Team at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans was recognized as Number One in the U.S. for the year 2012 by CareChex, based on mortality and complication rates.
 
Dr. Nigel Girgrah, Liver Transplant Director, says Ochsner's Living Donor Program helps prevent deaths of patients on the waiting list by reducing wait times.
 
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WRKF
9:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Interviews: Former LSU Hospitals Chief Dr. Fred Cerise, Saxophonist Brad Walker

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:47 pm

Former LSU Hospitals head Dr. Fred Cerise discusses health care challenges facing the state and the LSU hospital system...and the disagreement over accepting the federal Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care act.

A visit with New Orleans composer and saxophonist Brad Walker.


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WRKF
5:38 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Unanswered Questions Remain Weeks After Baton Rouge Charity Hospital Closes

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 9:28 am

Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge closed its doors for good last month. The cooperative endeavor agreement between the hospital, the state and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the take-over and eventual shutdown of EKL was reached more than two years ago.

Erica Barham, Kimberly Burkett and Lauren Richard are all former Registered Nurse Supervisors in the EKL Emergency Room. Mental Health Emergency Room Extension Supervisor Amy Germain also used to work there.

They tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman the transition was bungled and even on closing day, critical questions about how patients would get care and follow-up remained unanswered.


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WRKF
1:02 am
Tue April 16, 2013

De-Institutionalizing Louisiana, Part Two: Demand vs. Expansion

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:01 am

In Boyce, La., St. Mary’s Residential Training School offers both residential care and educational services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This concludes our two-part series on the state’s goal to wind down the number of individuals living in places like St. Mary’s.


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WRKF
1:04 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Bill To Create Hospitalization Stablization Formula Passes With Few Details

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to try and maintain the level of funding to hospitals that take Medicaid patients.  

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Health Insurance
10:01 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Report Says Thousands Of Louisianans Could Qualify For Insurance Subsidies

A new report estimates that nearly 353,000 Louisianans will be eligible for federal subsidies to offset the cost of a health insurance premium, making coverage affordable for lower-income families when the new health care law takes effect next year. But the head of the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition finds that many residents don’t understand how these "premium tax credits" work. Moriba Karamoko said even the word “tax” in the name has a very chilling effect.

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