Louisiana safety-net hospital operator resists governor's move to terminate contract

Shreveport, La.-based hospital operator BRF may take Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Louisiana to court over allegations BRF breached contracts with the two entities, The News Star reports.  

Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La., and LSU issued separate "notice of breach" letters to BRF Monday for allegedly mismanaging state-owned hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport.

Gov. Edwards' administration and LSU, which previously managed the hospitals, alleges BRF's hospital manager does not work with LSU to maintain a high-quality medical education, keep up with bill payments and meet patient care or safety standards.

In a news release to the publication, BRF said, "Absent resolution of the issues, a lengthy lawsuit would likely ensue."

Steve Skrivanos, chair of BRF's University Health in Monroe and Shreveport, told The News Star, "While we are very disappointed in the actions of LSU and the state, we remain committed to try to work with them to resolve our differences for the benefit of the people of north Louisiana. We will resist any effort to interfere with our successful effort to improve patient care and access for the residents of north Louisiana."

BRF began operating the hospital in 2013 after securing a no-bid contract with former Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Leo Vartorella contributed to this article. 

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