Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Announces Board of Trustees

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has announced its Board of Trustees for 2019. DFWHC is a member trade organization with 90 hospitals and 90 associate members that has been around for 49 years in North Texas, whose board consists of hospital executives. Fraser Hay, the President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, will be departing the board after his term was completed, and Audra Early, senior vice president of strategy and development for Kindred Hospitals, will be a new addition. “Our 15-member board represents a committed group of healthcare executives dedicated to working towards improving the quality of healthcare in North… Full Story

Local Judge Rules Affordable Healthcare Act Unconstitutional

Judge Reed O’Connor sided with 18 Republican attorneys general and two governors who argued that without the tax mandate, the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. O’Connor presides in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which is based in Dallas. The federal court ruling said that the latest tax bill, which eliminated the tax penalty in the ACA for not buying insurance, made the law unconstitutional. The ruling was in conflict with an earlier Supreme Court ruling that validated the law based on the fact that the penalty was a tax, which the federal government can do.… Full Story

Collaboration is Key to Improving Health Insurance Coverage

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the the Medicaid program into law as a part of Title XIX of the Social Security Act Amendments. Today, Medicaid covers one in five low-income Americans, as the majority of enrollees lack access to affordable health insurance. Each state administers the Medicaid program and must comply with federal standards. Amongst the successes and failures of the landmark legislation, misunderstandings persist. States have flexibility in determining covered populations, covered services, delivery models and reimbursement. They are also guaranteed federal matching dollars for services to beneficiaries, so the Medicaid program is financed jointly by federal… Full Story

DFW Hospital Council Foundation to Aid Mental Health Shortfalls with Grant

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation will receive a Community Mental Health Grant from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The grant will support the Foundation’s work through the North Texas Community Health Collaborative and provide mental health first aid training to 12 rural North Texas counties, including Ellis, Erath, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties. According to a Behavioral Health Community Needs Assessment Report released by the Community Health Collaborative earlier this year, rural North Texas counties have higher rates of behavioral health hospital visits than urban or suburban counties. Many of them… Full Story

Past BSWH Board Chair To Receive DFW Hospital Council Trustee of the Year Award

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council says past Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees chair Jim Turner will be honored as trustee of the year in October. Turner, who gave up his chairmanship in July but remains on the board, will receive the Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year award, which honors trustees who’ve displayed “uncommon excellence” throughout their careers. Laday was the chair of Texas Health Resources’ board for a decade and was serving in that role when he passed away in 2012. Turner was on the Baylor Health Care System board for 15 years, leading up… Full Story

DFW Hospital Council To Give Distinguished Health Service Award To Tarrant County Health Leader

The chair of the JPS Health Network board will receive the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Distinguished Health Service Award at the organization’s annual awards luncheon in October. Charlie Powell, who is also the president and CEO of Ciera Bank, is the recipient. Powell’s been involved in several other community-related capacities outside the above-mentioned, health-related ones, including stints at the Fort Worth Economic Development Council, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Can Academy Foundation. He’s also the current chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Regional Council. “Charlie Powell has been a respected banker in North Texas for many years, but he… Full Story

DFW Hospital Council Foundation Hands Out 16 Awards at Annual Luncheon

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation had its 22nd annual Employee of the Year ceremony this week, awarding 16 winners from 135 nominees, which spanned 56 area hospitals. More than 700 people showed up for the event. Stella Bressler, of UT Southwestern William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, was posthumously named the Volunteer of the Year, an award accepted by family members. Here’s who took home the rest: Rex McRae Scholarship Brandii Price, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center/Mountain View College Nurse Preceptor Award Rowena Samonte, VA North Texas Health Care System Physician Award Dr. Abeezar Shipchandler, Baylor Scott & White Medical… Full Story

Report: North Texas Lags Behind U.S. and State in Availability of Psychiatric Care

An analysis of 16 North Texas counties found that seven of them don’t have any psychiatric care beds, and that most counties in the area lag behind in the availability of behavioral health care. The North Texas Community Health Collaborative report offers an expansive and sobering view of mental health issues across the region, where the 16 counties accounted for more than 1.1 million visits for mental health or substance abuse issues in 2016, equating to about 3,200 a day. Underscoring the issue in North Texas, just Dallas County, Grayson County, and Rockwall County came in above the state’s average… 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