Tom Valuck

“The rapidly changing environment demands novel approaches for improving outcomes and lowering costs. My primary focus is helping clients achieve strategic advantage through innovative payment and delivery models aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of care.”

Tom Valuck joined Discern Health as a Partner in 2013. He is a thought leader on health care system transformation and helps lead the firm’s focus on achieving better health and health care outcomes at lower costs. Tom’s recent work at Discern includes facilitating the exploration of next-generation measurement and accountability models for health care delivery systems. He has also helped clients develop strategies to achieve success within the value-based marketplace.

Before joining Discern, Tom served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the National Quality Forum (NQF) where 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.

Tom also served as a Senior Advisor and Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he advised senior agency leadership regarding Medicare payment and quality of care, particularly related to value-based payment.

Areas of Expertise

  • Innovative payment and delivery models
  • Healthy system transformation
  • Quality measures


  • MD – University of Missouri-Kansas
  • JD – Georgetown University
  • MHSA – University of Kansas

Honors and Awards

  • CMS 2009 Administrator Citation Award
  • CMS 2007 Administrator Achievement Award


  • Washington, DC

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