Office of the Secretary

January 15, 2010
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine released the following statement today after the Department acted to temporarily shut down Superior Pain Management Inc. (also doing business as “Superior Medical Care” or “Superior Medical”) at 8070 Crowder Blvd. in New Orleans, for operating a pain management clinic without a license. DHH sought and received a temporary restraining order against Superior Medical, which is prohibited from operating until at least January 25, when a preliminary injunction hearing will be held.
January 15, 2010
BATON ROUGE—Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine released the following statement today after the Department acted to temporarily shut down Superior Pain Management Inc. (also doing business as “Superior Medical Care” or “Superior Medical”) at 8070 Crowder Blvd. in New Orleans, for operating a pain management clinic without a license. DHH sought and received a temporary restraining order against Superior Medical, which is prohibited from operating until at least January 25, when a preliminary injunction hearing will be held.
December 30, 2009
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine today announced mid-year reductions in department spending of state general funds, and proposed utilization of other means of financing, in order to offset a $108 million deficit in available funding. DHH's reductions are part of an overall across the board mid-year reduction plan for each agency to help address the state's mid-year budget deficit, and is supplemental to the Department's now downward-revised mid-year expenditure deficit in the Medicaid private provider program of $46.9 million.
December 30, 2009
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine today announced mid-year reductions in department spending of state general funds, and proposed utilization of other means of financing, in order to offset a $108 million deficit in available funding. DHH's reductions are part of an overall across the board mid-year reduction plan for each agency to help address the state's mid-year budget deficit, and is supplemental to the Department's now downward-revised mid-year expenditure deficit in the Medicaid private provider program of $46.9 million.
December 21, 2009
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine today announced appointments to the Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC). The Committee will advise the Department on policies in the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to more than 1.2 million Louisiana adults and children for healthcare services from acute through long-term care.
December 17, 2009
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine today announced Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham will assume the post of interim assistant secretary of the Office for Addictive Disorders February 4, 2010, following the retirement of current Assistant Secretary Michael Duffy. Dr. Head-Dunham currently serves as medical director for the Office for Addictive Disorders, as well as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics and a physician consultant to Xavier University’s Institutional Review Board, Human Subjects Committee.
December 17, 2009
BATON ROUGE— Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine today announced Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham will assume the post of interim assistant secretary of the Office for Addictive Disorders February 4, 2010, following the retirement of current Assistant Secretary Michael Duffy. Dr. Head-Dunham currently serves as medical director for the Office for Addictive Disorders, as well as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics and a physician consultant to Xavier University’s Institutional Review Board, Human Subjects Committee.
December 10, 2009
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine announced today the appointment of Clayton Williams to succeed Dr. Rony Francois as assistant secretary for the DHH Office of Public Health. Williams will assume his responsibilities January 18, 2010, when Francois begins a comprehensive, statewide effort to improve Louisiana’s birth outcomes.
December 10, 2009
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine today announced a statewide effort to improve Louisiana’s birth outcomes, one of the most important indicators of a healthy society. Levine has asked assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health, M. Rony Francois, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, to lead the effort full time.