The importance of our rural hospitals


Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO of the DFW Hospital Council When I was in the 9th grade in rural Virginia, I felt stomach cramps one morning while in class. As the day progressed, the cramps became so painful my parents had to take me to one of only two local physicians in my small hometown. Upon examination, he determined … Read More

Senate unveils health care bill


The closely guarded Senate health care bill written behind closed doors has become public. The unveiling of the legislation marks the first time the majority of the Senate GOP conference gets a comprehensive look at the health care proposal. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators only have a handful of days to decide … Read More

Dr. Cerise named to Congressional agency on Medicaid, CHIP programs


Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System is among five new healthcare leaders appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). As a member of the Commission, Dr. Cerise will serve as a national advisor to Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP, which are of … 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

AHCA could cause more than 24 million to lose coverage


Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO of the DFW Hospital Council On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the AHCA would end the enhanced Medicaid federal funding for future expansion populations, beginning in 2020, and transition … Read More

Let’s swim in circles for the new year


Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council While looking out of the window of my office in Las Colinas during the cold weather the past two weeks, I noticed ducks swimming in very tight circles on the pond adjacent to our office building. Somewhat intrigued by this odd behavior, I went online for research about this activity. The explanations … Read More

Working together over the next 15 months a priority


Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council Vince Lombardi once said, “People who work together will win whether against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.” We were pleased to learn on May 2 that the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Texas Medicaid 1115 … Read More

DFWHC’s stand on Texas Medicaid expansion noted in D Healthcare article


In a post today in D Healthcare Daily, a new report released by The Commonwealth Fund detailed how evidence is building that the reluctance of Texas lawmakers to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has “left behind millions of low-income Texans.” Released Thursday afternoon, the report delves into the impact of the state not expanding Medicaid or attempting to … Read More

Let’s wish Medicare and Medicaid a happy birthday


By W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council I would like to wish Medicare and Medicaid a happy birthday. On July 30, 2015, the programs turned 50 years old. I am old enough to remember the birth of these social healthcare programs, and it was not easy. In 1965, senior citizens over the age of 65 had little income and … Read More

The Golden Hour for Rural Hospitals is Running Out


Blog by W. Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council I grew up in rural Virginia. My hometown had less than 1,000 residents and we were thankful for our rural hospital. Rural hospitals today are generally classified into four categories, including Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Sole Community Hospital (SCH), Medicare-Dependent Hospital (MDH) and Rural Referral Center (RRC). With fiscal cliffs and … Read More