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Dr. Jeffrey Bauer  

Health Futurist, Author & Medical Economist

Dr. Jeffrey Bauer 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.

Bauer has published more than 300 books, articles, videos and blog posts on health care delivery. His critically acclaimed best seller, "Not What the Doctor Ordered: Liberating Caregivers and Empowering Consumers for Successful Health Reform" (2020), presents specific solutions to serious problems of cost, quality, access, and outcomes by allowing all Americans to purchase services directly from caregivers who provide an expanding array of medical services at least as well as physicians―at lower cost.

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.

In addition, 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.

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 honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Bauer lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he spends his spare time painting (conceptual art in acrylics) and playing the viola da gamba (precursor to the cello). He is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and sings in the orchestra’s chorus.

Speech Topics

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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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