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Oct 11, 2010 11:18 AM

Shriners Hospital in Shreveport Dropped Plans for a Partnership with LSU

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shriners Hospital in Shreveport has dropped plans for a partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, now that the national nonprofit has decided to bill insurance companies.

The Shreveport hospital began the talks with LSU after the Shriners announced in 2009 that it was among six hospitals nationwide that might be closed .

When it announced that it would begin billing insurance companies, the national organization announced in July that it would keep all 22 orthopedic hospitals open but probably will turn
some into outpatient surgical centers.

The Shreveport hospital plans to begin billing insurers in February. Until July, all 22 hospitals provided all service free, relying on an endowment and donations.

Administrator Kim Green said in a written statement that other measures also will be needed to keep the hospital in good shape. And he said the hospital will keep treating children who don't have insurance.

Last year, the Shriners and LSUHSC-S discussed an arrangement in which LSUHSC-S would lease space in the Shriners facility in return for services provided to Shriners' patients.

"For decades, our two hospitals have been affiliated to deliver patient care to Shriners Hospital patients while training LSUHSC-S residents," said Elaine King, LSUHSC-S spokeswoman. "The financial landscape for Shriners has improved and while we believe
the even closer affiliation we had been discussing would have been advantageous for patients our hospitals serve, we are delighted that the landmark Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport will
remain intact."

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