The “Piggly Wiggly” Effect

08/07/2012

I once worked for a company in Georgia that owned hospitals across the United States. Executives provided employees a gift certificate for a free Thanksgiving turkey at the grocery store Piggly Wiggly. A nice gesture, but employees in California and Colorado had never heard of the chain since no branches were within their states. So, while hundreds of employees had … Read More

One Person Can Make a Difference

07/24/2012

An author once said, “You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person.” This insightful statement underscores every person’s responsibility to family, friends and co-workers. Healthcare leaders have a fortunate sphere of influence touching many patients and young people. Our actions and personal health habits could serve as the accepted … Read More

Is Auto Cost Shifting Complicated?

07/17/2012

Last week Tom Suehs, Executive Commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC), revised his numbers regarding the costs associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). His new estimates are approximately $16 billion from 2014 – 2023. This represents an $11 billion reduction from his previous projection. In fairness to HHSC, the ACA has many moving parts … Read More

Medicaid Expansion – The Immediate Question

07/03/2012

We all know the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). One decision for the state of Texas regards expanding the current Medicaid program. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the option to expand their Medicaid program, but there is no enforceable requirement. Texas leads the nation … Read More

Love interviewed by WFAA-TV and FOX4

06/29/2012

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of the Patient Safety and Affordable Care Act the morning of June 28, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s President and CEO Steve Love offered his insight for Ch. 8, WFAA-TV and Ch. 4, Fox News. Love was interviewed by Janet St. James, WFAA’s health and medical issues reporter, for her segment detailing decision ramifications … Read More

DFWHC Press Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling

06/28/2012

The following Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) press statement was issued today by DFWHC President and Chief Executive Officer W. Stephen Love: The U.S. Supreme Court has just affirmed the Patient Safety and Affordable Care Act of 2010 with some changes. The government cannot force an individual to buy medical insurance but can penalize an individual with a tax for … Read More

Thoughtful Consideration

06/08/2012

Later this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Many people feel strongly regarding this issue and generally voice arguments in line with partisan political party viewpoints.  We treat patients, from all political parties, so we strive to focus on treatment and outcomes rather than become involved in political … Read More

T. Boone Pickens to be Honored at Annual Healthcare Luncheon

06/04/2012

IRVING, TX – The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) announced today it will present the 2012 Distinguished Health Service Award to T. Boone Pickens for his lifetime of dedication to North Texas healthcare during the 64th Annual Awards Luncheon, Oct. 18 at the Arlington Convention Center. “Mr. Pickens’ business leadership in Texas and the southwest is legendary. His support of … Read More

Doing the Right Thing

05/24/2012

We hosted a May 22 event at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children where legislators, hospital executives, government affair leaders, business executives and private citizens networked and discussed state healthcare issues. Many legislators sent key staff members to participate in the discussion. State Sen. Wendy Davis and State Rep. Jim Pitts were in attendance to offer key insight and answer … Read More

DFWHC Foundation report detailed in The Dallas Morning News

05/23/2012

A regional healthcare study prepared by Summer Collins, director of population and public health research in the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation), was covered on the front page of The Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, May 23. The article, titled “Study: Area has doctor shortage” and penned by Sherry Jacobson, highlighted report details involving chronic diseases and a regional … Read More