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Dr. Jeffrey Bauer    

Health Futurist, Author & Medical Economist

Jeff Bauer, PhD, is an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist. As an independent industry thought leader, he forecasts the evolution of health care and develops practical approaches to improving the medical sector of the American economy. He is widely known for his specific proposals to create efficient, effective health care through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector. ​ Dr. Bauer has more than 250 publications on health care delivery. He speaks frequently to national and international audiences about key trends in medical science, technology, reimbursement, public policy, health reform, strategy, and creative problem-solving. Dr. Bauer is quoted in the national press and writes regularly for professional journals that cover the business of health care.​

His latest books are Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: Redirecting Reform for Efficiency and Effectiveness (2015) and Upgrading Leadership's Crystal Ball: Five Reasons Why Forecasting Must Replace Predicting and How to Make the Strategic Change in Business and Public Policy (2014). Previous books include Statistical Analysis for Health Care Decision-Makers (2009), Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Health Care (1999) and Not What the Doctor Ordered (1998). ​ As a consultant, he has assisted hundreds of provider, purchaser, and payer organizations with strategic planning and performance improvement initiatives. He served as Vice President for Health Care Forecasting and Strategy for ACS, a Xerox Company, from 1999 to 2010. His own consulting firm, The Bauer Group, specialized in consumer-focused strategic planning and clinical affiliation agreements for multi-hospital networks from 1984 to 1992.​

Dr. Bauer 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 Assistant Chancellor for Planning and Program Development. He also served for four years as Health Policy Adviser to Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. From 1992 to 1999, Dr. Bauer was a visiting professor in Administrative Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to starting his career in health care, he worked in research meterology for the National Center for Atmospheric Research.​

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. He is an elected member of the Association of Managers of Innovation and an honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Bauer lives in Chicago, where he displays his paintings in local art galleries. He is an avid fan of music and a governing member of the Chicago Symphony Association.


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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.

The Uncertain & Exciting Future of Healthcare: Exploring a New Realm of Possibilities

This fast-paced and informative presentation shows how and why healthcare will change more in this decade than it has in the previous 50 years. From a practical perspective, it explores strategic implications of the unprecedented revolution in medical science, transformational capabilities of information technology, the hidden impact of demographic shifts in the US population, and the economy's role in restructuring supply and demand for medical services. Jeffrey Bauer examines reform of the delivery system from these perspectives, with recommendations tailored specifically to the audience's position in the medical marketplace.

A Realistic Update on Health Reform: Responding to Challenges & Opportunities

Everyone agrees that the current healthcare delivery system is unsustainable, but there's no consensus on common solutions to the underlying problems. This future-focused presentation from Jeffrey Bauer evaluates the range of competing approaches to reform—from government intervention to private initiative—and provides audiences with an independent perspective on strategies that their organizations can take to succeed in a turbulent marketplace by improving efficiency and effectiveness.

The Art & Science of Looking Ahead: Upgrading the Crystal Ball for Creating a Viable Future

Based on Jeffrey Bauer’s newest book (Summer 2012), this unique presentation shows audiences how to make strategic changes through informed analysis of actual trends and possible outcomes. It explains the major difference between predicting and forecasting and shows why forecasts must replace predictions as our way to evaluate where we are headed and how to get there successfully. The presentation identifies resources and makes recommendations appropriate for any organization that wants to expand its realm of future opportunities for success in a turbulent marketplace.


Embrace Change and Change Strategy

Healthcare will change more in this decade than it has in the past 50 years, and Louisiana’s health quality leaders should adopt a strategy based on things changing, according to health futurist and medical economist Jeffrey C. Bauer.

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