What About Hospital Patient Care Costs?


About five years ago, a “think tank” and university published total Medicare costs per beneficiary in different regions of the country. They stated Texas had some of the highest health care costs in the nation. I contacted the people who conducted the study, reviewed their raw data and extracted only acute care hospital expenses. My analysis revealed acute care hospital … Read More

Speed networking event set for April 4


The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) will host its second Speed Networking Event, April 4 at the Addison offices of Konica Minolta, 14800 Landmark Boulevard, #700. The complimentary breakfast session is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The networking exercise, where attendees visit with each other one-on-one for six minutes apiece, was very popular during the first gathering in 2012. This year, hospital … Read More

Love discusses sequester threat to health care


In response to the potential sequester’s cuts to Medicare, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council President and CEO Steve Love was interviewed by Bill Hethcock of The Dallas Business Journal in a Feb. 26 blog. “Sequester cuts to Medicare will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs and cut hospital margins dangerously thin,” Love said. “We think as you look at the … Read More

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

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

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 (www.kera.org). In addition to Love, panelists Stanley F. Hupfeld, chairman Integris Health … Read More

Doing the Right Thing


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

Challenges and Solutions


Hospitals face challenges every day while ensuring patients have timely access to services. Some selected, pressing challenges are: • Continued high cost for technology, equipment and medical devices • Pharmaceutical costs and many critical drugs in short supply • Attracting and training physicians, nurses and other health care professionals • Continued growth in patients with chronic disease or multiple chronic … Read More

Sight but no Vision


Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” What an excellent description of patient responsibility in today’s sick care system that needs to migrate to a health care system. Two important factors are lifespan changes and education/prevention of chronic disease. When U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security … Read More