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Ronald E. Bachman is an author, teacher, and consultant on national healthcare issues. He is currently an expert resource to the U.S. Senate on the future of healthcare. He has been at the center of U.S. health care transformation, advancing free market consumer-based solutions to lower the number of uninsureds, improve mental health coverage, and advance employer introductions of healthcare consumerism.
Currently, he is the President and CEO of Healthcare Visions, a thought leadership firm dedicated to advancing ideas and policy initiatives that are impacting the U.S. health care market.
Formerly, Bachman was a principle with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he consulted to a broad range of clients including: employers, HMOs, hospitals, physicians, indemnity carriers, BlueCross BlueShield plans, as well as State and Federal Agency clients.
Bachman has been a Senior Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis, the Wye River Group on Health, the Center for Health Transformation, and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation (GPPF). He is also an Adviser to the Goodman Policy Institute. As an actuary, he has extensive experience in healthcare strategy for payers, providers and employers. Ron is past Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board for Filed Media and the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism. Bachman has been on boards for Skyland Trail, Bryan University, the Georgia Charity Care Network, HINRI Labs, and Jacobs Ladder Autism Center.
Over the years Bachman has worked on health policy issues and market transformation ideas. He worked closely with the Bush White House and Treasury on the language and principles of the 2002 Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) guidelines, provided policy input on Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and consulted with various government agencies on national health issues and legislative and regulatory proposals.
Working across the political aisle Ron has worked with the Carter Center, Senator Kennedy, and Senator Wellstone on mental health issues. He testified on over 30 states and before Congress in support of mental health parity. He has served as a designated expert on actuarial issues to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Department of Labor (DOL), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and several members of Congress.
Ron is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a BS in Applied Mathematics and has a M.A.S. from Georgia State University. He is the author of “Understanding Healthcare Consumerism: Practical Strategies and Actionable Insights.” A sampling of his writings include: “Consumer-Driven Healthcare – The Future is Now”, “Giving Patients More Control”, “An Employer’s Guide to Patient-Directed Healthcare Benefits”, “An Employer’s Guide to Pharmaceutical Benefits”, “A Legislator’s Guide to Creating an HSA State”, “Lowering the Uninsured During an Economic Down Turn”, “An American Solution to Healthcare”, “Depression is Bottom Line Issue – If CEO’s Only Knew”, “Corporate Readiness for Healthcare Consumerism”, and “Web 2.0 and the Next Generation of Healthcare Consumerism”
Healthcare Consumerism – How to understand the multi-generational evolution of healthcare consumerism that lowers costs, improves quality of care, increases access to care, and adds convenience and choice of treatment options and providers.
Mental Health - How stress and depression affect your human capital, job performance, and how work cultures affect health and mental health. Learn how mind care and physical care are intertwined. There is no healthcare without mental healthcare.
National Health Reform – Hear insights on what Washington is considering for “Repeal and Replacement” of the ACA. Learn what states can do to advance competition with “cross-state” selling of health insurance and how new concepts of guaranteed issue and high-risk pools can work to assure everyone has the opportunity for affordable healthcare.
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