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 is a Partner at Discern Health. 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 a lower cost. 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). In addition, Tom oversaw NQF’s engagement with states and regional community alliances.

Tom also served as a Senior Advisor and Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he advised senior agency and Department of Health and Human Services leadership regarding Medicare payment and quality of care, particularly value-based purchasing.

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:

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


  • Washington, D.C.

Health Affairs Blog Post Highlights Discern’s Work on Serious Illness Care

Discern Partner Tom Valuck, Josh Rising of Pew Charitable Trusts, and Janet Corrigan of the Moore Foundation, recently authored a blog post for Health Affairs titled “Building Additional Serious Illne...
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Discern Health Presents Potential Measures for Catalyst for Payment Reform’s Scorecard for Payment Reform 2.0

Discern recently worked with Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) to develop a list of measures for CPR’s Scorecard for Payment Reform 2.0. CPR has tracked the implementation of payment reform since 2013...
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