Steve Love
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.

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 They include: • We must maintain coverage for all individuals currently receiving benefits; • The ACA should not be repealed without a simultaneous replacement guaranteeing adequate coverage.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

Reflecting On Discussing Death As CMS Proposes End Of Life Counseling

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including paying for the controversial end-of-life counseling. Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political storm leading to discussions of “death panels.” When Medicare finally announced it will make the change, reaction is now largely one of U.S. acceptance. Full Story

The Amount Of Underinsured In Texas Is Increasing

We frequently discuss the uninsured population, but what about the “underinsured?” Perhaps you are asking, “Just what is the underinsured?” They are residents with healthcare coverage crippled by out-of-pocket health costs that are 10 percent or more of household income. That bar is lowered to 5 percent or more of household income for low-income families. Full Story