Posts Tagged ‘medicare’

Was it good for Texas to decline Medicaid expansion?

WFAA Ch. 8 Reporter David Schechter tackled the thorny issue of Texas Medicaid expansion during an extended news segment broadcast last night. With the state having a chance in 2013 to drastically expand healthcare coverage to 1.5 million of the poorest Texans, it emphatically said no. The question Schechter asked was a simple one – […]

Senate unveils health care bill

The closely guarded Senate health care bill written behind closed doors has become public. The unveiling of the legislation marks the first time the majority of the Senate GOP conference gets a comprehensive look at the health care proposal. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators only have a […]

I Love….

In this month of love, many texts and valentines use shorthand to say I Love You. We have come to equate the iconic heart with love and emotion. I recently went to a chocolate shop and rather than the heart shape, they had an anatomical heart molded from chocolate. I thought it was great! But […]

Thirty-day mortality rate for regional facilities

For several years now the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) has been able to replicate the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 30-day, all-cause readmission measures for congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction (AMI) and pneumonia (PN). What has been missing is information on patients who have expired within the 30-day period without […]

Last chance to register for the FREE 2012 Patient Safety Summit

Your final chance to register for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation’s (DFWHC Foundation) annual Patient Safety Summit, “Health Crusaders, Call for Quality,” is rapidly approaching. The event takes place August 16-17 at the Hurst Conference Center, at Highway 183 and Precinct Line Road, Hurst, Texas. Times are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 16 […]

Regional Master Patient Index (REMPI)

Research at the DFWHC Foundation is an adventure. I guess you could say I’m a nerd, but the claims database offers exciting research possibilities. We have a regional master patient index (REMPI) that amazingly tracks patients across time, hospitals and payors. An ID number is assigned to patients allowing us to follow them at hospitals […]