Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health

Regional Leader Information

Website: www.dfwbgh.org
Region: Dallas/Forth Worth (DFW) and North Texas
Covered Counties: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Grayson, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise.

Contact: Marianne Fazen, Ph.D.
Title: Executive Director
Address: 11520 N. Central Expy., Suite 201, Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: 214-382-3036
Fax: 214-382-3038
Email: fazen@dfwbgh.org

The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health (DFWBGH) is a 171 member coalition of Dallas and Fort Worth area employers committed to educating and empowering local employers and their employees to make informed healthcare-related decisions and to promoting healthcare quality, cost-effectiveness, transparency and accountability. Corporate Members include American Airlines, AT&T, Bell Helicopter Textron, Brinker International, BNSF Railway, JC Penney Company, Zale Corporation, Lennox International, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Hewett Packard Enterprise, Vistra Energy, The Neiman Marcus Group, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Lockheed Martin, Sabre Holdings and others. DFWBGH supports the movement toward value-based healthcare and to ensure that DFW-area employees receive high quality, evidence-based, safe, and satisfactory care.

Why did your organization decide to apply to become a Leapfrog Regional Leader?
We became concerned about the high rate of preventable medical errors in hospitals reported by the IOM and decided to ask DFW hospitals what they are doing to improve patient safety.  Soon afterwards, we learned about the Leapfrog Group’s patient safety initiative and decided to apply to lead a regional roll-out in the DFW area.

In your view, what kind of impact Leapfrog has had on your market thus far?
As a direct result of our efforts, DFW hospitals are paying much greater attention to improving patient safety. Before DFWBGH became involved in Leapfrog, CPOE was not even on the radar screen of DFW hospitals nor had any DFW hospital implemented CPOE. However, now most of the large hospitals have changed their changed their priorities and several are now working toward implementing CPOE in the very near future.  

Market Information

Geographic coverage: DFW MSA

Population: Approximately 7.0 million

Number of employer/coalition lives in RRO area: Approximately 1 million covered lives

List of employershttp://www.dfwbgh.org/members.htm

Hospital characteristics

The DFW Regional Leader has 68, targeted hospitals. DFW RRO has 5 non-profit systems: Baylor Scott and White Health with 20 affiliates, Texas Health Resources with 18 affiliates, Methodist Health System with 5 hospitals, UT Southwestern Medical Center 1, and Children’s Medical Center with 4 hospital affiliates and Cook Children’s Medical Center with 2 hospitals.

DFW has 2 major for-profit systems: Medical City Healthcare with 12 hospital affiliates, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation with 6 hospital affiliates.

Largest insurers: Aetna, BCBS of Texas, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare

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