Greg Williams, Addiction System and Policy Expert, and Award-Winning Storyteller, Joins David Smith at Third Horizon Strategies as Managing Director

April 10, 2019 – Chicago, IL, – Third Horizon Strategies (THS) is proud to announce that Greg Williams, former Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Facing Addiction with NCADD, has joined the firm as a managing director.


Modern Healthcare “Chicago hospitals team up to help entry-level workers advance careers”

December 12, 2018 – Chicago’s healthcare ecosystem is uniquely positioned to “take people from the community and put them in entry-level jobs, take them from entry-level jobs and help facilitate clinical training, and then they can go from clinical training to other areas," said Third Horizon Strategies founder David Smith, who is not involved with the program. “An organized pipeline for professional development in underserved communities, done well and over an extended period of time, can have an important socioeconomic impact on the community."    READ MORE

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Modern Healthcare “Here’s what’s wrong with Chicago’s healthcare scene.”

October 9, 2018 – Chicago’s “tale of two cities" narrative has changed little in the last year, despite a “groundswell of civic leaders and hospital leaders and others coming together to collaborate around solutions for underserved populations and vulnerable communities, said David Smith, co-founder of HC3 and founder of consultancy Third Horizon Strategies. “That surge of activity is a surprise and it’s exciting."  READ MORE


Health care council “State of Chicago Health Care”

October 9, 2018 – Ahead of its two-year anniversary, the Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3), a collaborative of Chicago’s nationally-recognized health care industry players that drives solutions to the city’s most important health-related issues, has released its second annual report on the state of the Chicago health care industry. The report reaffirms that Chicago’s health care industry is robust and growing along with health care’s growth nationwide, with particular strength in the provider, digital health, and life sciences sectors. Propelling the growth is an aging population with more and increasingly complex chronic conditions…   READ MORE


Modern Healthcare “New Payment Model Targets Addiction Recovery.”

September 7, 2018 – The Addiction Recovery Medical Home model, meant to provide patients with an integrated substance use disorder treatment option. Behavioral health patients have been the focus of similar efforts in recent years, initially will target Medicaid managed-care and large employer health plans, according to David Smith, founder of healthcare consulting firm Third Horizon Strategies, which is a partner in the project. Six potential pilot markets involving commercial partners are on the table, Smith said.  READ MORE


New Healthcare Alliance Launches Alternative Payment Model for Addiction Recovery

September 7, 2018 – WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) – A national multi-sector alliance of healthcare industry leaders, including Leavitt PartnersFacing Addiction with NCADD (The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) and Remedy Partners, along with other leading healthcare companies, today announced the Addiction Recovery Medical Home (ARMH) model, an Alternative Payment Model (APM) engineered to provide patients with a long-term, comprehensive and integrated pathway to treatment and recovery. The Alliance for Recovery-Centered Addiction Health Services (Alliance) released a year-long consensus report at today’s Summit for Addiction Recovery Payment Reform…   READ MORE


Seventeen Leading Health Systems – Representing 5% of the Nation’s Hospitals – Join Forces to Transform Care for Vulnerable Populations

CHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS – Seventeen of the nation’s leading health systems, comprising 280 hospitals, are joining forces to identify, develop, and scale financially sustainable solutions that improve the health of underserved individuals and families in their communities. The Medicaid Transformation Project is a national effort to transform healthcare and related social needs for the nearly 75 million Americans who rely on Medicaid…   READ MORE

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DoctorNews. “Hospital Culture is Shifting Toward Teleheath.” American Telemedicine Association Conference in Chicago

May 4, 2018 – “For me I always made this distinction there are two types of personas that live in a person: a consumer persona, that is making decision about how they access care and they are thinking about health insurance, they are thinking about a primary care doctor and the way they want to receive care,” David Smith, founder of Third Horizon Strategies said.

“Then there is the patient who is in the thick of receiving care and they have to make more complex decisions with their physicians …What I think Walmart and CVS are doing is they are trying to create an aligned sense of how to control and have some impact over that access piece.”    READ MORE


Health Plan Alliance, “Key takeaways from the Alliance 2018 Spring Leadership Forum.”

May 1, 2018 – David Smith, Third Horizon Strategies, who delivered what I would characterize as a macroeconomics dissection of healthcare in the U.S. David pointed out that healthcare is local and that optimizing financing and delivery may not be possible in a one-size fits all approach.  He sees an opportunity (actually, more than 3,400 of them, if one uses the Dartmouth Atlas Hospital Service Area definition) for “aggregators” to step up and organize particular markets (or hospital service areas).  The role of aggregator can be filled by any organization or group of organizations in particular markets with sufficient clout, be they employers, hospitals, physician groups, payer, associations or government.   READ MORE