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.

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

Healthcare Expenses Are More Than Medical Treatment

The healthcare delivery system in the U.S. is complex in that we provide care to patients with diverse values, therefore, in many cases, we tailor the delivery system to meet the patients’ social, cultural and linguistic needs. The Commonwealth Fund recently released a publication citing the U.S. for spending more on healthcare than other high-income countries. We have certainly heard this before and acknowledge that healthcare expenditures consumed 17.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013. The healthcare industry through the Triple Aim of better health, better care and better value is working to reduce costs and improve… Full Story