Medicaid Expansion


Texas leads the nation with the highest uninsured rate of approximately 27 percent. Roughly six million Texans have no health insurance, including one million children. Forty percent of the state’s pregnant women do not receive appropriate pre-natal care. As Texas residents, these numbers are troubling and ultimately, the key to solve these problems is working together in a collaborative manner. … Read More

We are not healthy – a true cost


We live shorter lives and are in worse health than citizens of other wealthy nations, according to an extensive report released by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine*. This is a shocking conclusion. We frequently read about the U.S. spending more on healthcare than other countries. Many blame the hospitals and other providers for the high cost … Read More

Peeling Back the Onion


U.S. healthcare spending grew 3.9 percent in 2011, reaching $2.7 trillion and representing three consecutive years of slow growth. Healthcare spending as a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remained stable at 17.9. If we peel back the onion to look at how U.S. healthcare dollars are spent, we might be surprised. Hospital patient care represents only 31 percent of … Read More

Dr. Ron Anderson to be honored at DFWHC’s Feb. 21 Social


The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) has scheduled its 37th Annual Board Social for Feb. 21, 2013 at the Las Colinas Country Club. The evening soiree begins with a 6:00 p.m. reception followed by dinner and presentations at 7:00 p.m. DFWHC’s Board Social is as an opportunity to honor 2012-2013 board members, while also acknowledging board members from past years. … Read More

Is the fiscal cliff really over?


We need to look at health care impact on hospitals over the past two years and not just focus on the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 recently passed by the Senate and House. Hospitals in North Texas and across the nation realized the need to reform health care delivery. They supported the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act … Read More

Love to moderate Jan. 11 health care panel


The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Health Care Conference from 7:30-10:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children at 2222 Welborn St. in Dallas. American Hospital Association president and CEO Richard J. Umbdenstock will open the conference and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, will also speak. The event features a roundtable of … Read More

Love interview with McCuistion to air Sunday


Offering his insight on national issues involving health care, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council President/CEO Steve Love participated in the taping of the television program McCuistion in the episode “Health Care: The Public Policy Issues.” The episode will air this Sunday, December 23 at 12:30 p.m. on KERA Channel 13 ( In addition to Love, panelists Stanley F. Hupfeld, chairman Integris Health … Read More

Prepared but Distressed


The state of Connecticut, sadly in the news since the terrible shooting tragedy on Friday, December 14, has 34 hospitals serving patients on a daily basis. Danbury Hospital, a Level II Trauma Center, is 12 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where these unthinkable crimes took place. Around 10 a.m., physicians in its emergency room were notified … Read More

DFWHC announces 2013 Board of Trustees


IRVING, TX – The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) has announced its Board of Trustees for 2013. The Board of Trustees consists of the following individuals: • Chair Rick Merrill, President/CEO, Cook Children’s Health Care System • Past Chair Jay Fox, President, Baylor Medical Center of Waxahachie • Chair-Elect Daniela “Dany” Decell, CEO, HCA’s Las Colinas Medical Center • Trustee … Read More

Dec.13 event to cover Crisis Management


The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council invites you to attend the upcoming “Hot Topic” educational meeting “Crisis Management: How to manage and mitigate your legal issues in the hospital.” Sponsored by Wilson Elser, LLP, the event is Dec. 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Hay T. Clark Auditorium at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Linda Stimmel, attorney at … Read More