Tom Friedman uses his powerful blend of healthcare industry skills and business knowledge to help clients meet their goals.
An experienced healthcare business policy leader, Tom is recognized as a leading expert on healthcare payment and emerging trends, including value-based reimbursement. Prior to joining HMA, he was the group product manager for Payer, Performance and Community Health at Relias. During that time, his efforts to project healthcare trends to meet future market needs served as a driver for long-term growth. During his time at Relias he was published in McKnight’s, Becker’s Hospital Review, and Medical Economics.
Tom has extensive data analytics expertise and a proven ability to translate data to reimbursement strategy and policy development. It was as an expert in healthcare analytics that he was appointed as a member to the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Advisory Board in 2016. In this role, he has provided strategic guidance on the NCHIE implementation and development of recommendations for improving data analytics.
Previously, Tom served as the director of Policy, Planning & Analysis for the State Health Plan of North Carolina. While there, he led and developed policy, financial strategic initiatives, and a provider network and reimbursement strategy. He directed external relationships with providers, vendors, and stakeholder groups and built benefit and premium design strategies for over 700,000 state employees and retirees.
In addition to his vast expertise related to healthcare payment and reimbursement, data analytics, and commercial health plans, Tom is a skilled strategist. He has a proven track record of developing and leading high performing teams and cultivating relationships among diverse groups of stakeholders to drive profitability.
Tom earned his Master of Public Administration, with a specialization in health policy and financial management, from the University of Delaware. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.
Tom grew up in Tucson, Arizona in the desert. For this reason, you can find him hiking the shaded forests of North Carolina with his wife, son, and two dogs. He is a devoted foodie who is on a quest to find best local cuisine wherever he travels which includes 35 countries and 40 states.