With a career that includes decades of experience in public policy, politics, and business, Tom is a leading expert in the health care arena, offering clients strategic advice on issues relating to Medicare, health care reform, and the evolving delivery system. He has particular expertise in long-term care, hospice care and advanced illness, and provides clients with essential guidance in those areas. He helps organizations engage effectively with a broad set of stakeholders and audiences in the post-reform environment and designs initiatives to effectively position them for the future. Additionally, his timely analysis and perspectives related to ongoing legislative efforts can help clients – ranging from health plans to providers to financial sector firms - pursue their objectives in an informed manner. Tom is action-oriented; and his experience in building new health care organizations from the ground up allows him to offer vision, leadership, and managerial support for the development of new organizations and coalitions.
Tom has dedicated his career to ensuring that private and public organizations are prepared to meet the ongoing opportunities and challenges related to providing high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective care to the people they serve. That focus led him early in his career to be instrumental in advancing the creation, development, and implementation of the Medicare hospice benefit and today serves as President and CEO of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a national organization of hospice, palliative care and advanced illness care providers. His passion to improve care delivery also led him to become a co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). C-TAC is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan alliance of patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers with the shared mission to help provide all Americans, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, with comprehensive, high quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.
Tom is a member of the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which convenes experts in the quality care for those with serious illnesses. Tom also serves as one of the leaders of the Project on Advanced Care at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Additionally, Tom is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors at Capital Caring.
Prior to joining Healthsperien, he founded and served as Executive Director of the Mintz Levin Center for Health Law & Policy. In addition, he served as Senior Vice President of ML Strategies, a D.C.-based consulting affiliate of the Mintz Levin law firm. In that role, he assisted a range of clients and innovative organizations to develop and implement operational and policy solutions to better serve patients in the post-health care reform environment. That experience drew from his previous work as the head of Federal Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) where he served for about a decade. His positions included Corporate Vice President and Senior Vice President. There, he led UHG Federal Government Affairs during the implementation of Medicare Part D, the expansion of the Medicare Advantage program, and health care reform. In addition, he developed and expanded the company’s communication initiative.
Tom’s experience also includes his work at VITAS Healthcare Corporation – then the nation’s largest provider of hospice and palliative care services - where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Public Affairs. As a member of the senior management team, Tom helped lead the company through the most expansive growth period in its 35-year history.
Prior to his tenure at VITAS, Tom held several public policy, political and communication roles, including: Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant/Federal Affairs to former Indiana Governor (and later Senator) Evan Bayh, advisor on health policy matters with the Health Practice Group of the Hogan and Hartson law firm (now Hogan Lovells), and associate in public affairs for Burson Marsteller. Early in his career, Tom worked in the United States Senate for Indiana Senator Birch Bayh where he served in a number of staff and legislative positions.
Outside of work, Tom has taken on multiple leadership roles for community and national organizations, many focused on improving the health care system to benefit patients. In addition to his current role with Capital Caring Tom is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. In addition, Tom served as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership and he previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and on the Board of Trustees of the National Hospice Foundation. He has also been a member of the Business-Government Relations Council in Washington DC.
Tom is a co-author of A Roadmap to Success: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in America and of the foreword to the publication, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most (2012) by Gundersen Health System and the Center for Health Transformation. A native of Indiana, Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.