HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt signed a charter establishing the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative, which will work with Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to develop a blueprint for building an evidence-based, quality-driven state healthcare system. The charter sets an October 2006 deadline for Blanco to submit to HHS a plan to rebuild the healthcare system in the storm-ravaged New Orleans area, under a Medicaid waiver and Medicare demonstration project. Louisiana Health and Hospitals Secretary Fred Cerise chairs the 40-member collaborative. -- by Jessica Zigmond
Group chartered to redesign La. health system
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