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Jul 25, 2013 10:56 AM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

LSU to vote on practice organization

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A nonprofit corporation will represent LSU School of Medicine doctors who see patients at former LSU public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe.

LSU System supervisors Friday will vote on creating a faculty practice organization for LSU Health Shreveport.

Sally Croom, an LSU Health Shreveport spokeswoman, tells The Times the proposal is modeled on a faculty practice group that represents LSU School of Medicine doctors in New Orleans.

Creation of the faculty practice organization is part of the process to sever direct ties between the medical school and the former public hospitals.

Biomedical Research Foundation will take over operation of the Shreveport and Monroe hospitals Oct. 1. The medical school will remain a publicly funded part of the LSU System.

The practice organization will contract with the foundation to provide doctors at the hospitals and outpatient clinics associated with each. The organization also will handle billings and collections for faculty members' service to patients.

A proposed contract between the new organization and the LSU System specifies that the organization will turn over all its net income to the LSU System.

In the past, medical school faculty members who see patients billed individually, with fees going to the faculty member's department. Each department handles the funding differently, Croom said. There's no information yet on whether medical school employees who handle billing and collections will remain employed.

Some medical school employees who handle billing for faculty members said they're worried about losing their jobs because of the change. About 130 employees fall in that category, but no decisions have been made about the jobs yet, Croom said.

The organization also will provide money to the medical school, although an amount hasn't been specified. LSU Hospital in Shreveport provided about a third of the medical school's yearly funding in the past.

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