Liberating Caregivers and Empowering Consumers for Successful Health Reform, 3rd Edition
This 25th Anniversary edition
completely updates the powerful insights and policy recommendations of Not What the Doctor Ordered, first published in 1993 by renowned healthcare
futurist and medical economist the author. It 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.
Focusing on new realities of the 21st century, the authorshows not only why giving consumers the right to choose advanced practitioners is the top priority for improving our overpriced, underperforming medical care delivery system,
but also how to make the necessary changes. As he clearly and concisely explains from medical and economic perspectives, the key is eliminating
physicians’ monopoly powers over advanced practice nurses, clinical pharmacists, physical therapists, clinical psychologists, and other advanced practice (AP)
health professionals who now rival physicians in scientific knowledge and caregiving skills within well-defined scopes of practice regulated by state governments.
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 an efficient and effective health care delivery system through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector.
Dr. Bauer has published more than 225 articles, books, Web pages, and videos on health care delivery. He speaks frequently to national and international audiences
about key trends in health care, medical science, technology, information systems, reimbursement, public policy, health reform, 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.
His latest books are Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality
(Productivity Press, 2008) and Statistical Analysis for Health Care Decision-Makers (CRC Press, 2009). His two previous books are Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Health Care: The Seventh
Revolution in Medicine (McGraw-Hill, 1999) and Not What the Doctor Ordered (McGraw-Hill, 1998). He is currently finishing a book on strategic forecasting methodologies, Upgrading the Crystal Ball
for Business Insight: Five Reasons Why Forecasting Must Replace Predicting and How to Make the Change (Taylor & Francis, Spring 2013).
As a consultant, he has assisted hundreds of provider, purchaser, and payer organizations with strategic planning and performance improvement. He served as Vice
President for Health Care Forecasting and Strategy for ACS, a Xerox Company, from 1999 to 2010. His previous consulting firm, The Bauer Group, specialized in consumer-focused strategic planning
and development of clinical affiliation agreements for multi-hospital networks from 1984 to 1992.
In addition, Dr. Bauer has a strong foundation of academic experience. He 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 as Assistant Chancellor for Planning and Program Development. He also served concurrently for four years
as Health Policy Advisor to Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Bauer was a visiting professor in Administrative Medicine at the Medical School of the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught physician leaders how to evaluate research reports and other published studies.
He received his PhD 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. Dr. Bauer lives in Chicago, where he plays bass in a 17-piece jazz band and occasionally displays his paintings in art galleries.
He is a member of the Governing Board of the Chicago Symphony Association.