Jeff Goldsmith

Jeff Goldsmith

One of America's Premier Healthcare Futurists

Speaker Categories: Healthcare Industry | Healthcare Policy | Futurist

Travels From: VA, United States.

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One of America's Premier Healthcare Futurists

Jeff Goldsmith is President of Health Futures, Inc.  He is also Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. For eleven years ending in 1990, Jeff Goldsmith was a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, on health services management and policy. He has also lectured on these topics at the Wharton School of Finance, Johns Hopkins, Washington University and the University of California at Berkeley. Jeff Goldsmith's interests include: biotechnology, health policy, international health systems, and the future of health services.

Healthcare Advisor

From 1982 to 1994, Jeff served as National Advisor for Healthcare for the firm Ernst and Young, and provided strategy consultation to a wide variety of healthcare systems, health plans, supply and technology firms. Prior to 1982, he was Director of Planning and Government Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Special Assistant to the Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine. From 1973 to 1975, Jeff Goldsmith worked in the Office of the Governor, State of Illinois as a fiscal and policy analyst, and Special Assistant to the State Budget Director.


He is the author of The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation and Digital Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Leaders, as well as his latest which he co-authored, The Sorcerer's Apprentice: How Medical Imaging is Reshaping Health Care. Goldsmith’s solutions-based outlook and timely forecasting of future healthcare trends give optimism to audiences at a time when the health services industry is undergoing significant upheaval.

Awards and Accolades

Jeff Goldsmith was the recipient of the Corning Award for excellence in health planning from the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Planning in 1990, and has received the Dean Conley Award for best healthcare article three times (1985, 1990 and 1995) from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has written six articles for the Harvard Business Review, and has been a source for articles on medical technology and health services for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, Time and other publications. Jeff Goldsmith is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs.


Mr. Goldsmith earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1973, studying complex organizations, sociology of the professions, and politics of developing nations. He graduated from Reed College in 1970, majoring in psychology and classics, earning a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study in 1971.


Goldsmith is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs. He is a Director of the Cerner Corporation, a healthcare informatics firm. Goldsmith is also Director of Essent Healthcare, a hospital management firm and a member of the Board of Advisors of Burrill and Company, a private merchant bank in biotechnology and health sciences.

The Tragedy of Health Reform

Despite compelling unmet needs, the bold health reforms enacted in 2010 in the Affordable Care Act appear to be faltering. A lethal combination of political controversy, flawed design and incompetent implementation have put health reform in peril. What went wrong? How will the unfolding of expanded health coverage, increased regulation and new models of care and coverage affect the health system and society? Will employers abandon health coverage and push their employees into the Exchanges? Will the Exchanges revitalize or destroy private health insurance? How will health reform affect caregivers and patients? Will the Medicaid program sustain a 20% increase in enrollments? Can or should health reform be saved? A veteran health policy analyst looks at ObamaCare and looks ahead.

Slouching toward Value: The Future of Health Care Payment

One major theme of health reform has been to change how healthcare is paid for to reward higher value care. In a $2.8 billion industry, the uncertainty about future payment models has created confusion about strategic direction in hospitals and systems, physician communities and health insurers, as well as anxiety among patients and their families. Ironically, a Democratic health reform has produced Republican outcomes- high degrees of consumer economic exposure, narrowing networks, and a welter of confusing new choices. Meanwhile, new payment models- pay for performance, bundled payment, accountable care organizations, patient centered medical homes- have been given fresh impetus. How will all these experiments turn out? How SHOULD healthcare be paid for? This talk focuses on the winners and losers in the search for more accountable and affordable care, and the models and strategies that are likely to prevail.

Can Hospitals Survive? Hospital Strategy in a Maturing Market

After decades of seemingly continuous expansion, hospital inpatient utilization in the United States has fallen for five years in a row. Despite forecasts a decade ago of significant bed shortages, many hospitals and systems find themselves with excess capacity. At the same time, the uncertainties surrounding ObamaCare and the pressures created by the recession have stressed hospitals, resulting in declining earnings and increased pressure from physicians and patients. Merger and acquisition activity spiked after 2010’s health reforms, and continues unabated. How will the private insurance reforms contained in ObamaCare affect hospitals’ financial futures? Can hospital systems that have sought to become “unavoidable” through mergers survive the transition to narrow network insurance products and rising transparency and consumer choice? Can hospitals survive this transition? How can hospitals become the “hospitals of choice” in their communities and regions.

The Future of Medical Practice: What Does it Look Like?

Physicians have vigorously defended the institution of private medical practice for more than century. Yet, in the past five years, medical practice appears to be consolidating under hospital and, to a lesser degree, health plan control. The uncertainties introduced by health reform, economic pressures from the sustained US recession and the impending retirement of the large baby boom era cohort of practicing physicians all have contribute to a sense that private medical practice is doomed. Is there a future for private medical practice? This lecture discusses the turnaround strategy for physician practice in the post-health reform era, as well as the role that hospitals, health plans, private equity and technology firms can play in reforming and strengthening medical practice.

Beyond Health Reform: Strategic Implications for Health Insurers and Employers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 complete restructures private health insurance in the US. It dramatically increases both federal and state regulation of health insurance, and exposes the plans to new political and business risks. It also increases consumer protections and choices, and potentially reduces health plan profitability and sustainability. Finally, it will introduce new competitors in health insurance markest, and new competitive dynamics. Employers will face significant challenges both in how they structure benefits and whether to continue providing health insurance at all. And they will face both penalties if their employees fail to obtain coverage, and new paperwork requirements. Learn how health reform will affect employer benefits and the factors that will affect the future of health insurance.

Changing of the Guard: How the Impending Generational Transition among Physicians will Change Medicine and Health Services

The present US health system is 'powered by baby boom physicians'. As these physicians gear down or retire outright, they are being replaced by younger physicians with different values, practice goals and communications styles. How will this generational transition affect medical practice, as well as hospital/physician relations? How will policymakers cope with the impending scarcity of practicing physicians as the baby boom itself enrolls in Medicare?
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  • The Long Baby Boom: An Optimistic Vision for a Graying Generation
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  • Digital Medicine: Implications for Healthcare Leaders
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  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice: How Medical Imaging Is Changing Health Care
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