December 5, 2018

Hood Memorial, through its Board of Commissioners, entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with North Oaks Health System, effective Dec. 3, 2018. The agreement is for consulting services and leadership.

November 27, 2018

Eleven Ochsner Health System facilities, including four partner hospitals, were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. This designation recognizes efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The following facilities received the highest designation from Leapfrog:

-Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center

-Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center

-Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge

-Ochsner Medical Center - Hancock

November 27, 2018

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Adam Boehler of CMS, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Joe Ochipinti, the La. Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee, and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon will be among the speakers addressing the Louisiana Association of Health Plans (LAHP) Annual Conference on Dec. 14 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

November 27, 2018

A new audit says Louisiana’s health department may have paid as much as $85 million over 20 months for Medicaid enrollees who didn’t qualify for coverage.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office released the audit. Auditors found problems with the department’s use of wage data to determine eligibility for people enrolled in Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program.

November 27, 2018

Gerald S. Berenson, MD, Boyd Professor of Cardiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, recently passed away while visiting family in Houston. He was 96 years old. Berenson was an internationally known physician-scientist whose work helped shape the understanding of the causes of heart disease.