Thomas Clifford, J.D., is a consultant with Murer Consultants, Inc. Mr. Clifford received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. Before earning his law degree, Mr. Clifford worked as a project manager at one of the nation’s leading electronic medical record software companies.
Since joining Murer, Mr. Clifford has focused his practice on the implementation and management of 340B drug pricing programs around the country with a focus on program optimization and compliance assessments. In addition, Mr. Clifford assists hospitals with provider-based billing, Meaningful Use, MACRA, and other Medicare payment and quality initiatives. He works with hospitals to identify the necessary steps to qualify and implement these programs, develop implementation plans, and identify the chief regulatory and compliance challenges.
Prior to joining Murer, Mr. Clifford worked as a project manager on the patient access implementation team at a large electronic medical record vendor. While working on the access implementation team, Mr. Clifford worked primarily with large academic hospitals and multi-hospital health systems. As a project manager, Mr. Clifford worked in all phases of EMR implementation, including scope of functionality, validating workflows with subject matter experts, workflow testing, developing training materials, supporting go-lives, and helping with post-live optimization and additional hospital rollout. Additionally, Mr. Clifford served as the primary vendor security coordinator for a go-live with over 10,000 users, as well as a testing coordinator for a go-live including a hospital and over 100 clinics.
Furthermore, Tom formerly worked as a consultant with a healthcare IT consulting firm. In his role, Mr. Clifford worked with hospitals upgrading and implementing their EMRs. Mr. Clifford worked with patient access directors to develop reports on key performance indicators (KPIs) that helped track user productivity and reduce registration errors. Additional reporting development included designing a “CFO Dashboard” that was used to give real-time reporting on revenue cycle performance and trends. Additionally, Mr. Clifford worked on improving the processing of X12 messages to improve data collection and accuracy of patient benefits. His work also included development of recommended processes for bed planning, patient movement, and electronic document collection.
While at Northwestern, he founded the Northwestern Law Health Law Society, served as an associate editor on the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, and was a member of Northwestern University’s Advanced Degree Consulting Alliance. While in law school, Mr. Clifford also worked with the American Dental Association. Mr. Clifford received his B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College, where he completed an honors thesis in Government.