Dr. Jeff Bauer, an internationally-recognized health futurist and medical economist, is a Chicago-based management consulting partner at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS). As leader of the futures practice of ACS Healthcare Solutions, he forecasts the future of health care and develops practical, creative approaches to improving the health care delivery system.
Dr. Bauer has published more than 165 articles, books, Web pages, and videos on health care delivery. Hisbestselling book, Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality, provides a realistic analysis and plan for health reform. He speaks frequently to national audiences about key trends in health care, medical science, technology, payment, information systems, public policy, and creative problem-solving. Dr. Bauer is quoted often in the national press and writes regularly for professional journals that cover the business of health care.
This presentation summarizes the key points of Dr. Bauer’s challenging book by the same title. He shows why unprecedented financial circumstances threaten failure for health care providers that pursue “business as usual.” Dr. Bauer clearly explains how sound economic principles and proven management tools can prevent inevitable failures if significant changes are not made. The presentation reveals how providers can draw upon internal resources to increase net revenue and provide the quality of care that payers and consumers are demanding at prices they are willing to pay. It shows why waste must be eliminated and how future-focused leaders can put their organizations on a positive path while redirection is still possible. It is an inspiring speech about how providers can do it right all the time, as inexpensively as possible.
Health reform may be one of the hottest domestic topics this year, but the gap between politicians’ rhetoric and reality is enormous. As a well-informed and neutral observer of the ongoing battle over health reform, Dr. Bauer describes the basic aspects of opposing plans and evaluates them from the perspective of key goals of a health care system. By comparing likely outcomes with the goals of public policy, he identifies the steps that would need to be taken to produce true value for health care spending. Participants will have a solid understanding of the fundamental issues of health reform and the ability to help redirect the political dialogue toward realistic outcomes.
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. This presentation is presented with respect to the audience’s special interests and is continually updated to reflect the latest changes in forces that shape the future
Today’s economic crisis raises serious questions and fears because providers, purchasers, payers, and patients have never experienced anything like this before:
- How bad will the economy get, and how long will the crisis last?
- How can consumers deal with high costs on declining incomes?
- Can the health industry stay viable in difficult, uncertain times?
- Is the economic recovery program going to help or hurt health care?
- Will reform ultimately solve the problems of cost, quality, and access?
- What should providers do to weather this perfect economic storm?
Jeff Bauer–a nationally respected futurist with a Ph.D. in economics–is the ideal expert to provide positive perspectives for answering these questions. Drawing on 40 years of experience as a medical school professor, health care consultant, and policy strategist, Dr. Bauer presents an honest assessment of health care’s problems and practical prescriptions for creating a successful delivery system through medical science, technology, performance improvement, aligned incentives, and new partnerships.With more than 165 publications and hundreds of speeches to national and international audiences, Jeff Bauer can customize presentations for any audience that wants to understand how economic crisis creates opportunities to create a world-class health system in the United States. Each speech is prepared to meet the client’s specific objectives, and content is constantly updated to reflect changes in the economic situation and outlook.