Texas’ Dismal Health Insurance Rate: Causes and Economic Impact

Texas has the worst rate uninsured people in the country for the second year in a row, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas was one of only nine states to see an increase in the number of people without health insurance, as the rate increased from 17.3 percent in 2017 to 17.7 percent (around five million people) in 2018. The increase could see increased stress put on the healthcare system in North Texas and statewide, having significant economic impacts. Texas has nearly twice the rate of uninsured people as the country, with had an 8.9 percent… Full Story

Baylor and Former Texas Health Leaders Honored by DFW Hospital Council

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has named Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney President Kyle Armstrong the 2019 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and former chair of the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees John R. “Bob” Ferguson the 2019 Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year. The Young Healthcare Executive of the Year honor recognizes high achievement of those under the age of 40 in a DFWHC-member hospital. The trustee of the year honor is named for Kerney Laday Sr., who was on the THR board for 10 years, and acknowledges excellence in the trustee role. Armstrong… Full Story

Andy Stern Honored with DFW Hospital Council Service Award

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has awarded Andy Stern with the Distinguished Health Service Award. The managing director of Club Oaks Consulting, board member of AMN Healthcare, and co-chair of Medical City Healthcare will be recognized for his commitment and generosity toward North Texas healthcare. In a career that includes being a staff assistant to President Gerald R. Ford in 1975, Stern was also on the board at Dallas Medical Resource and chaired the board of Texas Healthcare Trustees. Other work includes being on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance, founding chairman of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and… Full Story

How Trump’s Transparency Executive Order Will Impact North Texas Healthcare

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order meant to improve price transparency in healthcare. As the market moves toward increased transparency, local healthcare companies are trying to figure out how it will impact their business, and some are very well-positioned to embrace the move toward a purer market. “Opaque pricing structures may benefit powerful special interest groups, such as large hospital systems and insurance companies, but they generally leave patients and taxpayers worse off than would a more transparent system,” the order reads. In January, a federal law went into place forcing hospitals to post their prices, though these… Full Story

North Texas Leads on Medical Marijuana and E-Cigarette Legislation

Fort Worth Republican Rep. Stephanie Klick’s bill to expand medical marijauna coverage has passed the Texas House of Representatives by a vote of 133-10, and will head to the Senate where it will be debated further. Klick’s bill was accompanied by another more expansive medical marijauna bill authored by Brownsville Democrat Rep. Eddie Lucio III, which also passed by an overwhelming majority. Currently, Texas’ Compassionate Use Act says that intractable epilepsy is the only condition that can be legally treated by cannabis with low levels of THC. Klick, a nurse, is the author of the 2015 Compassionate Use Act. But the… Full Story

Who Won DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s Employee of the Year Awards?

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation held its Employee of the Year Luncheon last week, where 14 winners were announced among 130 nominees from 55-area hospitals. The nominations were judged by board members from the Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association, with hospitals separated into four categories of 1-99 beds, 100-250 beds, 251-499 beds and 500-plus beds. The luncheon was hosted by Charles Gressle, chief executive officer of Medical City Plano and Frisco and chair of DFWHC, and Pam Stoyanoff, chief operating officer of Methodist Health System and chair of the DFWHC Foundation. It featured keynote speaker Chief Richard Picciotto, the… Full Story

Expert Opinion: Medicare For All

In North Texas, we treat patients in our hospitals who support many cultural doctrines, so we steer clear of political discussion. We always try to advocate for public policy that improves coverage and treatment. We also strive to educate the community on emerging healthcare issues. With that said, let’s discuss the single-payer system. It is a healthcare system where one entity – a single payer – collects all healthcare fees and pays for costs. The most popular “single payer” approach is called “Medicare for All.” While no details on coverage and funding have emerged, the discussion has centered on allowing… Full Story

The Trouble with Calculating Hospital Revenue

Last week, we ran a story about hospital profits in Dallas based on Allan Baumgarten’s Texas Health Market Review, and it caused a bit of a stir. Baylor Scott and White Health said that the data, which was created from surveys from the American Hospital Association and Texas Health and Human Services information, was incorrect and that we had made an error. The DFW Hospital Council had questions about the figures as well. Updates were posted, and discrepancies between what Baylor said was its profit margin and what was in the review were somewhat explained, but it highlighted just how… Full Story

How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer. President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council W. Stephen Love says the council’s member hospitals support transparency, but warn to proceed with caution. “We support transparency and want people to make informed decisions,” he says.… Full Story

DFW Healthcare Professionals Take A Course On Active Shooters and Assault

Healthcare workers suffer half of all workplace assaults, and about 80 percent of them come from the patients they’re caring for. Those statistics formed the basis for one-half of a healthcare seminar Wednesday at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where about 150 industry professionals gathered to hear best practices related to workplace violence and the presence of an active shooter. The DFW Hospital Council put on the event. A major takeaway: Being proactive and staying prepared are key. With regard to workplace violence, employers should do their best to keep stress levels low in the workplace, said Art… Full Story