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Dr. Jeffrey Bauer

Health Futurist, Author and Medical Economist

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Dr. Jeffrey Bauer is an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist. As an independent industry thought leader, he forecasts the evolution of healthcare and develops practical approaches to improving the medical sector of the American economy. He is widely known for his specific proposals to create an efficient and effective healthcare delivery system through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector.

Dr. Bauer has published more than 225 articles, books, web pages, and videos on healthcare delivery. He speaks frequently to national and international audiences about key trends in healthcare, medical science, technology, information systems, reimbursement, public policy, health reform, and creative problem solving. Dr. Bauer is quoted often in the national press and writes regularly for professional journals that cover the business of healthcare.

His latest books are Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality (Productivity Press, 2008) and Statistical Analysis for Health Care Decision-Makers (CRC Press, 2009). His two previous books are Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Health Care: The Seventh Revolution in Medicine (McGraw-Hill, 1999) and Not What the Doctor Ordered (McGraw-Hill, 1998). He is currently finishing a book on strategic forecasting methodologies, Upgrading the Crystal Ball for Business Insight: Five Reasons Why Forecasting Must Replace Predicting and How to Make the Change (Taylor & Francis, Summer 2012).

As a consultant, he has assisted hundreds of provider, purchaser, and payer organizations with strategic planning and performance improvement. He served as vice president for healthcare forecasting and strategy for ACS, a Xerox Company, from 1999 to 2010. His previous consulting firm, The Bauer Group, specialized in consumer-focused strategic planning and development of clinical affiliation agreements for multi-hospital networks from 1984 to 1992.

In addition, Dr. Bauer has a strong foundation of academic experience. He was a full-time teacher and administrator at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver from 1973 to 1984, where he held appointments as associate professor and as assistant chancellor for planning and program development. He also served concurrently for four years as health policy adviser to Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Bauer was a visiting professor in administrative medicine at the Medical School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught physician leaders how to evaluate research reports and other published studies.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a B.A. in economics and completed a certificate in political studies at the University of Paris (France). During his academic career, he was a Boettcher Scholar, a Ford Foundation Independent Scholar, a Fulbright Scholar (Switzerland), and a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow.


August 8, 2014; Chicago, IL

Our event went very well and Jeff Bauer was a delight! A very nice man and easy to work with. Our audience really enjoyed his presentation, it was interesting and thought provoking and many came up to him afterwards wanting to talk to him. Thank you so much for helping with this!

Susan Treece · American Academy of Dermatology

Speech Topics

The Reality of Health Reform: Practical Paths to Survival and Growth

As one of the few speakers who maintained political independence during the latest battles to overhaul parts of the health care system, Dr. Bauer presents a balanced analysis of differences between reform's rhetoric and reality. He explains what happened in Washington, what's next, and what to do in response to the overhaul law passed in March, 2010. This presentation is constantly updated to reflect the ongoing battles between competing interest groups, and it forecasts important changes that are still likely to happen. His informative, comprehensive speech begins with a "big picture" view and then focuses on implications and responses from the perspective of each audience's specific interests.

Forecasting the Future of Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities

One of the country's most respected health futurists, Dr. Bauer presents an informative and entertaining analysis of the forces that define possibilities for medical care. He explains different methods for looking ahead and forecasts the future based on his in-depth analysis of the key trends--medical science, technology, demography and epidemiology, reimbursement, and organization of the delivery system. Implications of key trends and practical responses are presented with respect to the audience's special interests.

Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation

This is an inspiring speech about how providers can do it right all the time, as inexpensively as possible. Dr. Bauer explains why unprecedented financial circumstances threaten failure for health care providers that pursue "business as usual," and how leaders can eliminate waste and conduct business in an efficient manner.


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