LSU comes up with temporary fix to limit cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU health care leaders say they will use patchwork funding to keep their safety net hospitals open and lessen the blow of budget cuts that threatened to shutter facilities.

Plans outlined to the university governing board Friday will cut about $50 million from public hospitals and clinics, rather than the more than $300 million expected.

LSU's hospitals in Lake Charles and Tangipahoa Parish will bear the biggest brunt of the slashing.

To protect some services and medical training, LSU will shrink dollars used to recruit faculty for training programs, doctors agreed to take less money for their contracts and equipment purchases are being delayed. Hospitals will use that money to draw down federal matching cash and offset cuts.

But the plans are only stopgap measures for the current year.

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