LSU Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Division of Administration and BRF
BATON ROUGE – LSU has signed a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, with the State of Louisiana, through the Division of Administration, or DOA, and the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, or BRF, and its related entity Biomedical Research Foundation Hospital Holdings that will remain in effect through the end of the State’s current fiscal year on June 30, 2017.
“This MOU helps address the Health Sciences Center’s immediate needs and is a step in the right direction,” Interim Chancellor G.E. Ghali of LSU Health Shreveport said. “We continue to work diligently with our hospital partners and utilize all available resources to meet the health needs of our community, as well as the needs of our dedicated faculty, staff, house officers and students. We will continue to pursue our mission of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.”
The MOU grants LSU certain provisions that it has long sought for the LSU Health Shreveport. Highlights of the MOU directly affecting the Health Sciences Center include the following:
- Requires BRF to pay fairly for the physician services provided by LSU Health Shreveport to the hospital, including an additional $37 million annually for hospital-based physician services for which BRF previously did not pay;
- Requires BRF to pay $6.9 million in past due invoices owed to LSU primarily for physician services provided in June 2016, and deposit another $5.3 million previously withheld by BRF from payments due LSU into an escrow account designated by DOA until full resolution can be reached;
- Allows the program directors at the Health Sciences Center to assign medical and surgical trainees to any hospital which will improve physician training to meet ACGME requirements;
- Requires the hospital to work in partnership with LSU Health Shreveport physicians, with oversight by the Louisiana Department of Health, to improve health care quality and outcomes. As part of this requirement, BRF will pay for an independent organization to conduct a diagnostic process, with the results available to all parties;
- Requires BRF to abandon and not pursue previously asserted claims demanding payment for providing LSU Health Shreveport physicians and staff working at University Health with access to the hospital’s electronic health record and related electronic systems, unless BRF is legally required to charge for such access.
For more information on the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, visit http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/.
Contact Lisa Babin
LSU Health Shreveport
LSU Media Relations