DHH: LSU Health not up for sale yet, but change is coming - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

DHH: LSU Health not up for sale yet, but change is coming

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

LSU Health in Shreveport could be on a short list of state hospitals to be sold to help cover an $800-million federal cut in medicaid funding, according to a New Orleans Times Picayune article published last month.

KSLA News 12 reached out to LSU but officials have declined to comment.

With millions of dollars cut from Louisiana's medicaid program, hospitals are now having to re-think how they do business.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary, Bruce Greenstein provided KSLA News 12 with the following statement on the budget issues facing the LSU Health system.

"LSU must transform the way it delivers health care. The U.S. Health care system has been changed over the last decade and the LSU system has not kept pace. I have encouraged LSU to look into all options and determine how to make the system sustainable and more efficient while remaining focused on its core mission."

DHH Secretary Greenstein clarified those remarks on a phone call with KSLA News 12.

"LSU is now engaged in looking at many models. I'm not aware if they have put a for sale sign up, or they're talking to potential suitors for that. But I know they are talking to a number of organizations to explore different types of models. LSU is having to make some changes pretty fast, and it's of the proportion that business as usual is not an option," says Greenstein.

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