|Posted on 11/13/2018 5:39:00 PM.|
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the state Medicaid program potentially paid 85 million dollars in medical costs for people who may not have been eligible for benefits. Medicaid previously only checked wage eligibility every 12 months, and Purpera says that led to overpayments relative to other states who check eligibility more frequently.
|medicaid, legislative auditor, Daryl Purpera, Jen Steele, LDH, healthcare, Louisiana, 2018|
|Posted on 10/21/2018 6:38:00 PM.|
With flu season starting soon, the Louisiana Health Department is holding flu vaccine clinics, including one Monday in Thibodaux. Louisiana immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the flu vaccine clinics are a test run for a more serious health emergency.
Welch says similar setups were done in the time of polio and says the ability to execute this type of operation is one that needs continual practice.
|Flu, LDH, Vaccinations|
|Posted on 9/25/2018 4:45:00 AM.|
The Louisiana Health Department has received a 24-million dollar grant from the federal government to combat the opioid epidemic. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health Dr. Janice Petersen says the money will fund a comprehensive recovery program for addicts.More
|grant, opioid epidemic, LDH, janice Petersen, Louisiana, 2018|
|Posted on 8/25/2018 5:29:00 AM.|
It appears the issues that caused dangerous levels of lead to contaminate the water supply for Tensas Parish schools have been corrected. After flushing out water lines, updating drinking fountains, and other steps were taken, the risk of danger associated with the water supply appears to be in the rearview mirror.
|Tensas Parish, LDH, Jimmy Guidry|
|Posted on 7/20/2018 5:46:00 AM.|
Dog Feces, Rodents, Flies… just some of the reasons the Louisiana Department of Health has ordered the closure of a Shreveport fish market. Regional Medical Director Administrator at LDH, Dr. Martha Whyte, says the Dupont Fish Market has been inspected three times this year.
"They've had numerous critical violations and non-critical violations over the last few months," said Whyte.
|Dupont Fish Market, closure, LDH, violations, LDH|
|Posted on 3/14/2018 5:39:00 AM.|
If the legislature decides to cut its way through the billion dollar budget gap, private health care providers warn the consequences would be dire. If the Department of Health sustains the kinds of cuts being discussed, public-private facilities would be on the chopping block. Our Lady of the Lake President Scott Wester says those cuts would mean the end of their partnership with the state, LSU, and LDH.
|fiscal cliff, LSU, Our Lady of the Lake, LDH, health care, Scott Wester|
|Posted on 2/14/2018 3:11:00 PM.|
The Louisiana Department of Health is extending its free flu shot drive after initially planning to end the program Monday. Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says they were excited to extend the program after a very successful two week run.
|flu, flu shot, LDH, Frank Welch|
|Posted on 11/2/2017 3:52:00 AM.|
Louisiana earned an ‘F’ grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. Dr. Martha Whyte with the state Department of Health says the preterm birth rate in Louisiana is 12.6%.
She says this is a trend we’ve seen in Louisiana for some time and contributes it to the high levels of poverty.More
|LDH, Martha Whyte, premature birth, March of Dimes|
|Posted on 10/21/2017 3:14:00 AM.|
The state health department has now identified 125 people with gastrointestinal illness as a result of a Salmonella outbreak from a bad pot of jambalaya in Caldwell Parish. 37 people have been hospitalized. In their testing of stool samples, a second bacteria that's commonly found on raw meat and poultry has also been identified.
|salmonella, tips, David Holcombe, LDH|
|Posted on 10/19/2017 2:59:00 PM.|
State health officials suspect jambalaya is the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning in Caldwell Parish.
Dr. David Holcombe with the State Office of Public Health says there are 49 confirmed cases of a gastrointestinal illness with 31 people hospitalized. He says salmonella is usually associated with chicken and eggs.More
|LDH, David Holcombe, Caldwell Parish, salmonella, jambalaya|
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