Office of the Secretary

November 17, 2009
BATON ROUGE— DHH Secretary Alan Levine released the following statement today regarding Louisiana’s improvement in United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings. The state increased from 50th to 47th, marking the state’s highest ranking in the 19 years the study has been published.
November 02, 2009
The Department of Health and Hospitals released today its Louisiana Medicaid Expenditure Forecast Report, as well as the Department’s plan for reductions and fund shifts. DHH officials will address the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget at the State Capitol tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m.
October 29, 2009
The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) today announced a first-ever, aggressive fraud initiative designed to identify fraudulent providers of in-home services for people in Medicaid. This effort is part of a partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. DHH will also work with the appropriate federal authorities.
October 29, 2009
BATON ROUGE – The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) today announced a first-ever, aggressive fraud initiative designed to identify fraudulent providers of in-home services for people in Medicaid. This effort is part of a partnership with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. DHH will also work with the appropriate federal authorities.
October 27, 2009
A unilateral proposal by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to depart from an agreed plan to manage oyster safety could be harmful to Louisiana’s oyster industry, which employs more than 3,500 Louisianians, Secretary Alan Levine of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and Secretary Robert Barham of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said today.
September 23, 2009
Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine named Anthony Keck as DHH deputy secretary, effective Oct. 14, 2009. Keck was formerly Governor Bobby Jindal’s health and social services policy advisor.
September 23, 2009
BATON ROUGE – Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine named Anthony Keck as DHH deputy secretary, effective Oct. 14, 2009. Keck was formerly Governor Bobby Jindal’s health and social services policy advisor.
September 22, 2009
Parishes with the highest rates of asthma will soon receive help to decrease hospitalizations, emergency room and urgent care visits, and missed days of school and work due to asthma.
September 15, 2009
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine and Children’s Hospital, New Orleans today announced an expansion of available inpatient mental health capacity for children in the Greater New Orleans area.
September 14, 2009
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has opened online registration for health care providers interested in administering the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, expected to be available initially in limited quantities in October. Also, State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry, M.D., has issued an order and protocol allowing Louisiana Board of Pharmacy-certified pharmacists to join doctors, hospitals, and local health departments in administering both seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu vaccines. These important steps will help keep more people healthy, ensure more effective provision of influenza immunizations, and allow the state to better manage the 2009 flu season.