Louisiana Rep. Sam Jenkins says he's been briefed about nearly daily meetings about the two hospitals.
"The briefing that I've had is that all parties are on board to talk about some kind of partnership to make the hospital side work," Jenkins said.
"At the end of the day, we want to make sure patient needs are being met, the jobs are secure and that the economy in this area from our medical industry is stable."
Jenkins expects a significant announcement in the near future, but a time frame for that is unclear.
Officials involved in the talks say nothing has been finalized.
Steven Skrivanos, chairman of University Health System's Board of Managers, wrote:
LSU Health Sciences Center officials likewise say all parties continue to discuss possibilities and do their due diligence, but no term sheets have been exchanged.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' office also says the proposals remain a work in progress.
Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health, wrote:
According to its website, BRF took over management of the former LSU hospitals in 2013 as part of Louisiana's privatization of its hospital system.