Prior to joining Strategic Health Care, Tim directed policy and government affairs for Aultman Health Foundation in Canton, Ohio since 1995. Aultman Health Foundation is a regional integrated health system leading complex legislative and regulatory issues, including health care & insurance reform; building coalitions within health and business community. Tim also previously worked at the Ohio Hospital Association for 17 years in health policy.
Significant achievements include:
- Established the first state-level hospital coalition to preserve Ohio’s independent hospitals’ ability to serve their communities.
- Developed and managed the passage of state legislation to assure acquisition of non-profit hospitals met fair antitrust and community disclosure requirements, which served as model legislation for other states.
- Developed the first national coalition for local health plans that successfully defeated a proposal by majority Congressional leadership to create artificial multi-state regional insurance markets for private Medicare Choice.
- Managed a significant project to protect the Medicare Advantage program from significant cuts proposed by Congressional leaders & Administration under the Affordable Care Act. Responsible for key local member of Congress and White House staff requiring CMS creation of a Star Rating system for high-performing Medicare Advantage plans, resulted in stabilizing the Medicare managed care program and preserving beneficiary choice, helping community-based plans save millions, and contributed to the current 45% Medicare enrollment in MA private plans.
- Helped lead and support national and state hospital COVID-19 efforts to secure adequate pandemic relief funds from Congress. Supported national policy consultant efforts to obtain Cares Act provider relief grants, and forgiveness of providers’ Medicare advanced payments loans.
- Helped lead and support a national coalition of hospital-affiliated nursing programs to retain Medicare pass-through support payments by reversing CMS’ decision to reclaim more than $100M in previous year payments and preserving $60M in annual payments for current and future years.
- Preserved authority for hospitals to offer comprehensive health services for trauma, maternity, and cardiac services – and prevented regionalized systems that limited choice for consumers.
- Lead hospital participation, partnering with the business community in the passage of critical state tort and workers compensation reforms – Partnered with leading local businesses to assure state patient bill of rights legislation did not penalize employers.
Tim has a Master’s from Ohio State University in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Accounting.
Tim is married to Terri and has two sons.