Shriner's Hospital drops partnership plans with LSUHSC

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shriners Hospital in Shreveport drops plans for a partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, now that the national nonprofit has decided to bill insurance companies.

The Shreveport hospital began the talks with LSU after the Shriners announced in 2009 that it was among six hospitals nationwide that might be closed.

The Times reports that it plans to begin billing insurers in February. The Shriners system began such billings in July. Until then, they provided all service free, relying on an endowment and donations.

Administrator Kim Green said in a written statement that other measures also will be needed to keep the hospital in good shape.

And he says the hospital will keep treating children who don't have insurance.

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