Steve Love is president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, which promotes collaboration, cooperation, and advocacy on behalf of its 75 member hospitals. He also serves on a host of local, regional, and national healthcare organization boards. Love brings to his position 35 years of industry experience, with a demonstrated leadership in tax-exempt, investor-owned, specialty, and private hospitals in operations, finance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, Love was senior vice president and CFO of a Fortune 500 healthcare company. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

A Disturbing Rise Of Uninsured Rates In Texas

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) have further reduced healthcare coverage. We have stated these unacceptable numbers before, but they should be stated again. Approximately 4.5 million people in Texas have no health insurance, including 700,000 children, with our state continuing to lead the nation in both percentages and numbers. Our state is indeed “No. 1” in many surveys, but this ranking is unfortunate for all… Full Story

Improving Maternal Mortality Rates Will Take a Statewide, Collaborative Effort

A Texas Congressman asked me if the alarming maternal mortality statistics within our state were true. Maternal mortality—when a mother dies from pregnancy related to complications while pregnant or within 42 days of giving birth—apparently doubled in Texas between 2010 and 2012. While the complete accuracy of the data is debated, black mothers accounted for just 11 percent of Texas births, but 20 percent of maternal deaths from 2012 to 2015. In Texas, low-income women generally don’t have access to health insurance, birth control, substance abuse treatment, and prenatal care. Writers in the journal Birth state there could be statistical… Full Story

Regarding CHIP, Political Policy Should Not Be Public Health Policy

Lawmakers’ promises that they’ll soon renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are of little comfort to millions of children in the U.S. It is Jan. 11, 2018, and 9 million children are still in limbo because Congress will not reauthorize the health Insurance program. The wait has been an agonizingly long one—more than 100 days and counting for this reauthorization. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the reauthorization in November, and yet the U.S. Senate failed to act. Can these senators not imagine the anguish many parents throughout the nation have experienced the past three months because Congress has… Full Story

President Trump’s Speech to Congress: We Should Strive for Public Health Policy, Not Political Policy

President Trump certainly made a very good presentation last week to members of Congress. Regarding his comments on healthcare, here are some thoughts: His opening remarks regarding expanding coverage and access while reducing costs are certainly goals and objectives everyone can embrace. Also, his statements about reducing pharmaceutical costs would certainly benefit consumers, providers, and the overall healthcare delivery system. His remaining remarks mirrored House Speaker Paul Ryan’s policy paper announced on June 22, 2016 entitled “A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America.” This policy paper called for repealing the Affordable Care Act including the health insurance market… Full Story

Kaiser Poll Findings Emphasize Need for Collaborative Approach on ACA Changes

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll conducted Feb. 13-19 has some fascinating key findings. They include: Attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act have shifted, with a larger share (48 percent) of Americans reporting a favorable opinion towards the law than reporting an unfavorable one (42 percent). This is the highest level of favorability in more than 60 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls since 2010, and is largely driven by a change in the views of independents, among whom 50 percent now view the law favorably. Despite the shift, the public remains divided on what they want lawmakers to do.… Full Story

Guiding Principles for a Bipartisan Bill

We continue to hear sporadic news from Washington, D.C. regarding the Affordable Care Act. “Repeal and Replace,” “Repeal and Restore,” “Repeal and Repair,” “Don’t End but Mend”–the slogans are many. Hopefully, our country’s leadership will garner bipartisan support to craft a fair and equitable bill to help all American residents. As we continue our commitment to patients, hospitals suggest some guiding principles for that bipartisan bill. They include: • We must maintain coverage for all individuals currently receiving benefits; • The ACA should not be repealed without a simultaneous replacement guaranteeing adequate coverage. If that doesn’t occur, then the hospital… Full Story

Love: Looking Ahead, Let’s ‘Swim in Circles’ to Solve Our Healthcare Challenges

As we begin 2017, I feel we should look at some federal, state and local initiatives that can benefit the health of Texans. The permanent Medicaid 1115 waiver, state Medicaid funding, trauma funding, and the expansion of telehealth are priorities that, if adopted in a bipartisan manner, will benefit millions of Texans. Full Story

Head of DFW Hospital Council Calls For Unity Ahead of Legislative Session

This legislative session will be challenging because the budget will be front and center. The decrease of oil prices, reduction of sales tax and budget priorities will certainly impact the atmosphere in Austin. We are in this together and working collaboratively will produce meaningful results for all stakeholders. Full Story

How the Public Should Navigate Hospital Ratings

Medicare’s Hospital Compare, Consumer Reports, Health Grades, The Joint Commission, Leapfrog, U.S. News and World Report all publish hospital grades and comparisons. The concern is that each system uses its own methodology, sometimes reaching wildly divergent conclusions. This provides confusion rather than clarity. Full Story