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.

Let’s Roll “Rolling Blackouts” out of Committee

The hospitals of North Texas thank State Senator John Carona (R – Dallas) for introducing Senate Bill 1139 this legislative session. This bill would exempt hospitals from rolling blackouts. In February 2011, North Texas hospitals were subjected to rolling blackouts without prior warning. Our community was lucky no one died, although hospitals had several close calls. The same laws and regulations exist today as in 2011, with no modifications to address what happened to area hospitals while performing surgery and treating trauma patients. Simply put, we need Senate Bill 1139 enacted into law to protect patients. The problem is the… Full Story

What About Hospital Patient Care Costs?

About five years ago, a “think tank” and university published total Medicare costs per beneficiary in different regions of the country. They stated Texas had some of the highest health care costs in the nation. I contacted the people who conducted the study, reviewed their raw data and extracted only acute care hospital expenses. My analysis revealed acute care hospital costs in North Texas were lower than the national average. Other health care expenditures like medical durable equipment and home health care were driving the higher costs per Medicare beneficiary in this region. In a state-by-state health care cost comparison… Full Story

Medicaid Expansion–Let’s Consider Now!

The governor of Florida has decided to support Medicaid Expansion. He joins a recent list of governors who examined all aspects of this initiative and made the same choice. Hopefully, we can give thoughtful consideration to expanding the coverage for Texas. Texas leads the nation with the highest uninsured rate of approximately 27 percent. Roughly six million Texans have no health insurance, including one million children. Forty percent of the state’s pregnant women do not receive appropriate pre-natal care. As Texas residents, these numbers are troubling and ultimately, the key to solve these problems is working together in a collaborative… Full Story

Peeling Back the Onion

U.S. healthcare spending grew 3.9 percent in 2011, reaching $2.7 trillion and representing three consecutive years of slow growth. Healthcare spending as a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remained stable at 17.9. If we peel back the onion to look at how U.S. healthcare dollars are spent, we might be surprised. Hospital patient care represents only 31 percent of the cost. The remaining 69 percent includes physician and clinic services, nursing home care, home health care, residential care, retail drugs and administrative services. If we dive deeper into the numbers, we find three categories driving national healthcare expenditures –… Full Story

Prepared but Distressed

The state of Connecticut, sadly in the news since the terrible Dec. 14 tragedy, has 34 hospitals serving patients on a daily basis. Danbury Hospital, a Level II Trauma Center, is 12 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where these unthinkable crimes took place. Around 10 a.m., physicians in its emergency room were notified of the school shooting incident. Within 10 minutes, 80 doctors, nurses, and support staff positioned trauma teams at four emergency units and six operating rooms. Based on years of training and emergency planning, they were prepared for this most horrible of occurrences. At… Full Story

The 83rd Texas Legislative Session

The 83rd Texas Legislative Session for Texas convenes at noon on Jan. 8, 2013. We thank our legislators for their public service to the State of Texas and hope for a constructive, collaborative bipartisan session regarding our state issues. Many priorities relating to the budget, public education, transportation, labor and workforce, and the state’s environment will be discussed and reviewed. Healthcare, especially Medicaid, will be front and center, as most components of the Affordable Care Act  will now be implemented in 2013 and 2014 across our state and in North Texas. These healthcare reform initiatives are very important because the healthcare… Full Story

Jumping Off the Cliff: Can We Build Good Wings?

Ray Bradbury once said, “Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” Admittedly, he was referring to a sense of adventure and embracing boldness in life. His quote might also describe the financial cliff we’re facing at the beginning of 2013. This cliff includes tax increases due to the expiration of the Tax Relief Act, unemployment insurance reauthorization, the Job Creation Act of 2010, and the spending reductions (sequestrations) under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Now that the presidential election is over, President Obama must work with a lame-duck Congress. The… Full Story

Charting the Course for a Healthy Future

Obesity is one of the most challenging health crises the United States has ever faced. Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of our nation’s children and adolescents are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. But the effects of obesity extend far beyond physical health; obesity also affects corporate profitability and productivity. In Texas, businesses currently pay more than $3 billion annually for obesity-related healthcare costs. According to the state comptroller, this figure will climb to approximately $16 billion by… Full Story

Patient Safety Indicators Require a Comprehensive Approach

The North Texas hospitals support sharing data regarding hospital performance with the public in a transparent manner, as long as the information is complete, accurate, and limitations are fully disclosed. An example of the complexity related to data analysis is the computer error revealed recently impacting the financial penalties against hospitals on Medicare readmissions within 30 days. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) inadvertently included data in its calculations that was too old, and had to publish new rates on the day prior to implementation. Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) are readily available from administrative claims data, which are… Full Story

Readmissions–A Complex Issue

In October each year, we enjoy the State Fair of Texas, fall festivals, carving pumpkins, and Texas football at all levels. This year a new event began Oct. 1, 2012, resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). A readmissions provision imposes financial penalties on hospitals for “excess” readmissions, when compared to “expected” levels of readmission. Generally, hospitals will be tagged for Medicare readmissions occurring within 30 days of discharge, which may sound reasonable to the general public. Hospitals support appropriate value-based purchasing and the ACA as signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. However,… Full Story