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Health Futurist & Medical Economist
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. Read More >
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 healthcare.
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 meteorology 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. Read Less ^
The Uncertain and Exciting Future of Health Care
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 technology, 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 the speaker’s perspective as a constructive contrarian, with recommendations tailored specifically to the audience's position in the medical marketplace.
Everyone agrees that the current health re 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 is continually revised to reflect the latest political and economic events (e.g., Supreme Court decision, election implications, economic recovery), with an emphasis on practical, proactive responses to the problematic implementation and unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act.
Based on the speaker's newest book (Summer, 2013), 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. [Note: This speech is appropriate for any business audience; it is not specific to health care.]
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 health care leaders can take to enhance their success in meeting the ultimate challenge of health reform -- reinventing the way health care is delivered.
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