With the 2014 regular session of the legislature less than two weeks away, there have already been a couple of interesting developments that could prevent lawmakers from learning how a federal investigation of a major contract came about in the first place.
Governor Bobby Jindal’s “gold standard” ethics reform is on life support with the latest revelations of the thousands of communications between former Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Bruce Greenstein and his former boss CNSI.
According to the Jindal administration, Bruce Greenstein, the man in the middle of a growing federal and Attorney General investigation has resigned.
In the relative scheme of things, perhaps early December, 2012 will be viewed in Louisiana political history as the health care policy equivalent of the peaceful breaching of the Berlin Wall. The ending of the era of a state-operated charity hospital system has begun peaceably, and both clients and taxpayers are better off for it.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals joined St. Tammany Parish leaders and area legislators today to announce a final agreement allowing the parish to use the property at Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, with Meridian Behavioral Health Services assuming control of inpatient beds at the hospital and outpatient services on the property continuing.