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Tom Valuck

Discern Health

Baltimore, MD, USA


Dr. Tom Valuck joined Discern Health in October 2013, bringing the consulting firm national leadership experience in quality measurement and performance-based payment from his positions at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF). His primary focus is design and implementation of innovative payment and delivery models aimed at improving the quality of care. He works with private and public sector clients who are transforming the health care system on the front lines to achieve better health and healthcare outcomes at lower cost.

Previously, Tom was Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at NQF. In that role, he oversaw the NQF-convened partnerships—the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) and the National Priorities Partnership (NPP)—as well as NQF’s engagement with states and regional community alliances. These NQF initiatives promote the use of performance measurement information for public reporting, payment incentives, accreditation and certification, and systems improvement.

Tom also served as a Senior Advisor and Medical Officer at CMS, where he advised senior agency and Department of Health and Human Services leadership regarding Medicare payment and quality of care, particularly value-based purchasing. While at CMS, Tom was recognized for his leadership in advancing Medicare’s performance-based payment initiatives, receiving both the 2009 Administrator’s Citation and the 2007 Administrator’s Achievement Awards.

Before joining CMS, Tom, was the Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he managed quality improvement, utilization review, risk management, and physician relations. Before that he served on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow; the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where he researched and analyzed public and private healthcare financing issues; and at the law firm of Latham & Watkins as an associate, where he practiced regulatory health law.

Tom has degrees in biological science and medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Kansas, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law School.

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