Proven partnership in LSU Health
posted Thursday, October 11th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
By Dr. Frank Opelka
The federal government recently withdrew $859 million in support for Louisiana's healthcare system by reducing something known as the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage to Louisiana.
The percentage was reduced from 71.92 percent to a projected 65.51 percent, which is the lowest federal match rate Louisiana has had in more than 25 years.
Congress took this action without warning and after the Louisiana legislative session ended. This means that the state must take steps to live within its means by funding healthcare services at LSU hospitals in a way that is more efficient and less expensive.