The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.
"It's centered around the payment of bills, the timely payment of money that's owed to LSU. Some quality questions that have gone unanswered."
Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.
"There can be some fruitful discussions with an experienced hospital operator to come in and be involved in the day to day management of the hospital."
BRF says they anticipate resolving the contract disagreement without being ousted and they’ll use legal action if removed as operator of the two north Louisiana hospitals. Dardenne is also hopeful BRF can get the job done.
"I want to reiterate again that it is our hope that we're going to be able to resolve things without it coming to that and it remains to be seen during the 45 day period if that will happen."