David Smith: An Open Letter to My Health Care Colleagues

If you’re not a health care worker or manufacturer of essential medical equipment or technology, sit down. March 22, 2020 – Your neighborhood’s only grocery store has a five-alarm fire. First responders are feverishly rescuing people and attempting to extinguish the flames with a powerful hose. Seeing the distress and chaos you assume that surely

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The Health Care Council of Chicago releases “2018-2019 State of Chicago Health Care” report

Chicago, IL, February 25, 2020 – The Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3), a member-led organization creating uncommon alignment to improve the health and vitality of Chicago, has released the third edition of its annual “State of Chicago Health Care” report exclusively focused on the vibrant health care ecosystem in Chicago and outlying areas. The

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THS Brief: Trump administration releases “Healthy Adult Opportunity” Medicaid block initiative

January 31, 2020 – Yesterday, the Trump administration released a Medicaid block initiative called the “Healthy Adult Opportunity.” The initiative marks an important milestone in the GOP’s efforts to pursue block-grant funding for Medicaid. In 2017, the GOP’s ACA repeal plan included provisions to transition the program to a block grant. Last year, the Trump

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Cheryl Matochik, Commercial Insurance Industry Expert, Joins Third Horizon Strategies as Managing Director

Chicago, IL, January 9, 2020 – Third Horizon Strategies (THS) is pleased to announce that Cheryl Matochik, former senior vice president of strategic resources & initiatives at The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB), has joined the firm as a managing director and partner. At THS, Cheryl will create a new line of business

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THS Brief: Trump administration issues two proposals to permit drug importation

Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Yesterday, the Trump administration released two proposals to lower pharmaceutical prices in the U.S. Collectively, the proposals would effectuate the drug importation action plan released in July. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said the importation proposals “are a historic step forward in an effort to

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The Health Care Council of Chicago forms partnership to address community violence as a public health focus

Chicago, IL, December 12, 2019 – The Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3), a member-led organization creating uncommon alignment to improve the health and vitality of Chicago, has formed a partnership with Acclivus, Forward Health Group, and NowPow to enhance services for secondary violence prevention provided by Acclivus, a  Chicago-based organization dedicated to breaking the

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THS Brief: CMS issues final hospital price transparency rule and proposes transparency rule for insurers

On November 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two rules to carry-out President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare. The first is a final rule that would require hospitals to publish payer-negotiated prices beginning in January 2021. The second is a proposed rule that would

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THS Brief: CMS announces new proposed rule targeting integrity of Medicaid

Brief: CMS announces new proposed rule targeting fiscal integrity of Medicaid  On November 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rule-making requiring that states share provider-level information about their supplemental payment and financing agreements under Medicaid. The rule, entitled the “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR),” has three core

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2019 Alliance Press Release: Updated ARMH-APM

2019 Press Announcement​ Health Care Alliance Announces Innovative Value-Based Payment Efforts for Addiction Treatment and Recovery in Five States and Washington D.C. The Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform in Collaboration with Remedy Launches a Comprehensive Episode of Care Definition for Implementation of the Addiction Recovery Medical Home – Alternative Payment Model   Chicago, IL –

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THS Analysis: ACO enrollment declines for the first time in seven years

THS analysis: ACO enrollment declines for the first time in seven years On Wednesday, July 17, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma published a blog in Health Affairs announcing that just 66 ACOs joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for the July 1 start date – less than half the

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