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National Quality Forum Welcomes Dr. Thomas Valuck, SVP of Strategic Partnerships
Date:6/12/2009

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Quality Forum (NQF) has tapped Thomas B. Valuck, M.D., J.D., as its new Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Dr. Valuck comes to NQF from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he was both Medical Officer and Senior Adviser in the Center for Medicare Management.

NQF is a unique, multi-stakeholder, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.

"The efforts of many groups are advancing the nation toward true reform, and we all recognize that we achieve more in harmony than we do in discord," said Janet Corrigan, NQF president and CEO. "As Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Dr. Valuck, a well-respected administrator and leader, will bring a wealth of knowledge crossing all sectors to building consensus among disparate groups."

Dr. Valuck will oversee NQF's multi-stakeholder efforts that provide guidance to public and private sector leadership, such as setting national priorities for healthcare through the NQF-convened National Priorities Partnership; convening industry leaders to develop an agenda for measure development; and identifying and recommending measures and composites for use in various payment and public reporting programs.

Dr. Valuck has degrees in biological science and medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; a master's in health services administration from the University of Kansas; and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law School.

He comes to NQF after four years at CMS, where he advised senior agency and Department of Health and Human Services leadership regarding Medicare payment and quality of care, particularly pay for performance. In his time at CMS, Dr. Valuck received the 2007 Administrator's Achievement Award for leadership in advancing Medicare's pay-for-performance initiatives.

Prior to getting his law degree, Dr. Valuck worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he managed quality improvement, utilization review, risk management, and physician relations as part of his duties as Vice President of Medical Affairs before becoming the Vice President of External Affairs, where, among other responsibilities, he advocated for delivery system, financing, and public health reforms before the U.S. Congress and the Kansas Legislature.

Dr. Valuck was named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 1998, taking leave from the University of Kansas to research and analyze healthcare quality and provider issues for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He returned to Washington, D.C., a few years later to get his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he worked for the White House Council of Economic Advisers researching and analyzing public and private healthcare financing issues. Dr. Valuck also worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins, where he practiced regulatory health law.

"The National Quality Forum is uniquely positioned to achieve consensus around some of the thorniest issues facing America's healthcare system," said Dr. Valuck. "I look forward to the collective action NQF members and partners can take to transform healthcare especially during this exciting opportunity for healthcare reform."

The mission of the National Quality Forum is to improve the quality of American healthcare by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. NQF, a non-profit organization (qualityforum.org) with diverse stakeholders across the public and private health sectors, was established in 1999 and is based in Washington, D.C.


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