OLOL state partnership approved

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal recently announced that Louisiana received final federal approval for the state's public-private partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which took over operations of the former Earl K. Long Medical Center earlier this year.

Louisiana is in the midst of transforming how it provides health care to those residents who rely on safety-net hospitals for medical treatment, moving away from LSU-run hospitals in favor of cost-effective partnerships with facilities across the state.

Our Lady of the Lake was the first private-public partnership to launch.

The partnership became final when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Louisiana's remaining two Medicaid State Plan amendments for compensation related to outpatient care.

"This is truly a historic day for our partnerships in Louisiana," Jindal said. "In the months since it launched, OLOL has served more than 25,000 patients through this partnership."