Substance misuse research covers 16 North Texas counties


Eleven North Texas counties have deaths attributed to drugs and alcohol higher than state averages, while seven counties have death totals higher than national averages, according to a Substance Abuse/Misuse Community Needs Assessment Report of North Texas released this week. The 214-page document by the North Texas Community Health Collaborative was a first-of-its-kind study rendering regional diagnoses transparent across 16 … Read More

CBS pays a visit to DFWHC offices


CBS 11 News Reporter Brian New paid a visit to the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) offices this afternoon to interview our President/CEO W. Stephen Love on hospital pricing. With hospital pricing transparency rules taking effect January 1, CBS is producing a news segment detailing North Texas hospitals’ efforts to post their price lists online in an effort to increase price … Read More

Southwest Consulting Associates – FY 2019 IPPS Final Rule


The DFW Hospital Council posts guest blogs by our Associate Members. The following was provided by Southwest Consulting Associates. By Kyle Pennington, Client Relations Manager at Southwest Consulting Associates In its FY 2019 IPPS final rulemaking published August 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continued the transition of utilizing charity care and bad debt costs reported … Read More

EHN to host “Changes at CMS” on August 22


The Executive Healthcare Network (EHN) of DFW will host the morning session “Transformational Changes at CMS” on Wednesday, August 22 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the BravoTech Offices in Dallas. Dr. David Nilasena, chief medical officer of CMS Region 6, will serve as the keynote speaker. EHN is a free networking group for health industry executives and professionals … Read More

Love quoted in DMN story on latest ACA funding cuts


Our own President/CEO W. Stephen Love was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story posted this morning by Jackie Wang detailing cuts to the Affordable Care Act. Love discussed the millions in funding cuts to insurance navigators in Texas. “Navigators” help residents find health insurance through outreach programs and one-on-one assistance. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reduced federal … Read More

A disturbing rise of uninsured rates in Texas


DFW Hospital Council President/CEO W. Stephen Love posted his latest blog in the July 19 edition of D CEO Healthcare. Many improvements in the healthcare uninsured rates of U.S. citizens are beginning to erode, according to a Commonwealth Fund ACA Tracking Survey released this summer. Recent actions by Congress, the administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) … Read More

DFWHC’s Love to participate in Feb. 1 State of Reform event


Discussing “A Vision for a Post-ACA Texas Health System,” DFW Hospital Council President/CEO W. Stephen Love will speak at the State of Reform’s Second Annual Texas Health Policy Conference on February 1 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. Love will be speaking with Dr. Chris Larson, owner and physician at Euphora Health; and Dr. Deane Waldman, … Read More

Service line-specific clinical integration programs


The DFW Hospital Council is posting blogs submitted by our Associate Members. The following was provided by the Coker Group. For guidelines, please contact Chris Wilson at As hospitals prepare to operate successfully under value-based reimbursements such as bundled payments, they need to consider re-tooling some of their higher profile service lines. Orthopedics and cardiac care service lines are … Read More

State of Reform interviews DFWHC’s Love on ACA


DFW Hospital Council President/CEO W. Stephen Love was interviewed by State of Reform for a segment titled “What They’re Watching.” “You know, we can have all the catchphrases we want, but seriously, as we look at the Affordable Care Act, has it been successful? One, it did increase coverage. That’s one of the things it was supposed to do. Two, … Read More

Scores create déjà vu


Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council During my high school years, I worked after school at a local grocery store. I remember the confusion of customers when looking at grades given to fresh fruits and vegetables by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The top grade of apples was U.S. Extra Fancy, oranges was U.S. Fancy and potatoes … Read More