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Dr. Jeff Bauer

Dr. Jeff Bauer

Internationally Recognized Health Futurist and Medical Economist

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Fee Range: 10000-19999
  • Over 40 years of health care experience as medical school professor, consultant, policy adviser, and VP of Health Forecasting and Strategy for two Fortune 500 companies
  • Recognized authority on the past, present, and future of American health reform, with in-depth expertise on the problems of the Affordable Care Act
  • Author of 250+ publications, including dozens of articles and books on factors that determine the outcome of health reforms
  • National speaker on innovative alternatives to improve American health care through private sector initiatives
  • Construction experience as Director of Program Planning for a major medical center and as consultant to many new health facility projects

Dr. 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.

Dr. Bauer has more than 300 publications on health care delivery. His latest books are a 25th anniversary update of his best seller, Not What the Doctor Ordered: Liberating Caregivers and Empowering Consumers for Successful Health Reform (2020), 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 (CRC Press, 2009) and Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Health Care: The Seventh Revolution in Medicine (McGraw-Hill, 1999).

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. Dr. 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.

The Uncertain and Exciting Future of Health Care: Exploring a New Realm of Possibilities

This fast-paced and informative presentation shows how and why health care will change more in this decade than it did in the previous 50 years. From a practical perspective, it explores strategic implications of the unprecedented revolution in medical science, transformational capabilities of information and communications technologies, the hidden impact of demographic shifts in the US population, and the economy’s role in restructuring supply and demand for medical services. Reform of the delivery system is examined from these perspectives, with recommendations tailored specifically to the audience’s position in

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

Based on the speaker’s path-breaking book, Upgrading Leadership’s Crystal Ball (2014), 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 turbulent, uncertain times.

Mastering Chaos: Creativity 101 for Daring Spirits

This unique program begins with a practical, entertaining overview of the key characteristics of innovation for leaders who want to create something new of value. It uses examples of art, poetry, science, music, and other creative endeavors to define the mind-set of people who make an enduring, positive difference in their respective fields. The presentation concludes with a detailed list of personal and professional steps that leaders in any industry can take to enhance their success in meeting today’s daunting challenges of change — reinventing a business model and finding the new keys to success.

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

Everyone agrees that the current health care delivery system is unsustainable, but there’s no consensus on common solutions to the underlying problems. This future-focused presentation 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 content evaluates the latest forces (e.g., court decisions, mid-term election politics, economic situation, consumer responses to the mandate, etc.) and explores likely evolution of reform over the coming year.

Not What the Doctor Ordered: The Imperative for Advanced Practitioners

Dr. Jeff Bauer presents compelling scientific proof why consumers deserve direct access to specialized nurses, clinical pharmacists, physical therapists, and other advanced practitioners who provide their health services at least as well as physicians—at lower cost. His entertaining and informative analysis shows why doctors’ old arguments against “mid-levels” are no longer defensible and why competition is the essential next step toward better and less-expensive health care for all Americans.

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