Office of the Secretary

January 28, 2010
BATON ROUGE-Today the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals launched Health Care Assist Louisiana, www.HealthCareAssistLA.org, as a resource for those in the health care community wishing to provide aid to Haiti. The site serves as a single point of reference for health care workers, nonprofits and corporations throughout Louisiana who may wish to donate time, money, supplies or other resources via national and international relief organizations following the earthquake and related health crisis in Haiti.
January 25, 2010
BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal announced today an historic, transformative agreement on a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between Louisiana State University (LSU) and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center that will improve and expand access to health care services for the poor and enhance graduate medical education for Louisiana’s doctors, nurses and health care professionals. The agreement is now subject to approval by the boards of each organization. The Governor also announced the state has reached a tentative agreement with the federal government on two disallowances regarding Medicaid payments and have an update on the progress of the state’s Medicaid reform efforts.
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.