Today, the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) and Department of Administration held a joint press conference
to detail the extensive cuts to the state's Medicaid program. Physicians were spared direct cuts to reimbursements, however, the LSMS is concerned about the heavy toll the cuts will have on the state's overall healthcare system.
Other than the 3.7 percent cuts previously announced by DHH as part of the original FY13 state budget starting July 1, physicians will not see any additional cuts to their Medicaid reimbursement. Physicians participating in the Bayou Health Shared Savings plans may realize some indirect reductions. In addition to administrative efficiencies and personnel layoffs, hospitals, nursing homes, emergency medical transportation services will see reductions. Louisiana State University (LSU) Health System will bear the brunt of the cuts. LSMS will continue to monitor the situation and share news with members as the reality of these cuts come to light.