DFWHC speaks with NBC 5 on COVID-19 care at rural hospitals


In a news segment last night on NBC 5, DFW Hospital Council President/CEO Stephen Love was interviewed by Scott Friedman on the potential spread of COVID-19 to rural communities. Love said urban North Texas hospitals have considered the impact of rural patients should COVID-19 spread to their communities. Many rural locales have only a few ICU beds and in some … Read More

DFWHC Blog – CMS regulation puts North Texas on dangerous financial cliff


Blog by Stephen Love, President/CEO, DFW Hospital Council In November 2019, Seema Verma, administrator of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released a proposed rule called the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). Verma states the rule would promote transparency by establishing new reporting requirements for supplemental payments to Medicaid providers. CMS is now proposing this mandatory MFAR for … Read More

DFWHC’s “The Human Side of Health Care” interviews guests from Children’s, JPS, Hunt and Medical City


The second edition of the DFW Hospital Council’s weekly radio program “The Human Side of Health Care” was broadcast on Sunday, January 12 on KRLD 1080 AM. Guest stars included: • Jason Isham, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Children’s Health; • Lara Burnside, Senior VP, Strategy, Chief Patient Experience Officer at JPS Health Network; • Richard Carter, President/CEO, Hunt … Read More

All-star lineup set for DFWHC’s “The Human Side of Health Care” on Sunday


You don’t want to miss the all-star lineup on Sunday’s edition of the DFW Hospital Council’s weekly radio program “The Human Side of Health Care” on KRLD 1080 AM at 1:00 p.m. An eclectic mix of speakers will cover Behavioral Health, Language Barriers, Rural Healthcare and Healthy Snacks. Guest stars include: • Jason Isham, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at … Read More

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

Was it good for Texas to decline Medicaid expansion?


WFAA Ch. 8 Reporter David Schechter tackled the thorny issue of Texas Medicaid expansion during an extended news segment broadcast last night. With the state having a chance in 2013 to drastically expand healthcare coverage to 1.5 million of the poorest Texans, it emphatically said no. The question Schechter asked was a simple one – “Was that a good decision?” … Read More

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

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