Tom Valuck, MD, JD, joined Discern Health in October 2013 as a partner, bringing the firm national leadership experience in quality and performance-based payment from his positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF). He helps private- and public-sector clients who are transforming the health care system on the front lines to achieve better health and health care outcomes at lower cost. Dr. Valuck joined Discern after four years at NQF, where he was senior vice president for strategic partnerships. In that role, he oversaw the NQF-convened partnerships—the Measure Applications Partnership and the National Priorities Partnership—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. Dr. Valuck also served as a senior adviser 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, Dr. Valuck 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, Dr. Valuck 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; with the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where he researched and analyzed public and private health care financing issues; and at the law firm of Latham and Watkins as an associate, where he practiced regulatory health law. Dr. Valuck 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.


Recent Posts by Tom Valuck

Building Additional Serious Illness Measures Into Medicare Programs

Given that approximately 70 percent of people who die in the United States each year are Medicare beneficiaries, the new administration has an opportunity to implement changes to significantly improve the quality of end-of-life care.

Innovation In Serious Illness Care Payment: Progress To Date And Opportunities For The New Administration

Discern Health recently developed a framework of principles for payment models to promote the delivery of community-based, comprehensive, high-quality, affordable serious illness care. Here are some key opportunities for policymakers to continue progress toward high-value care for the seriously ill.

The Payment Reform Landscape: Which Quality Measures Matter?

The consensus processes around quality measures are dominated by the supply side; physicians, hospitals, and health systems have greater expertise and resources than their buy-side counterparts. What would be different if employers and other purchasers chose quality-of-care measures?