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Joel Sauer


Executive Vice President, Consulting

Since 2010 Joel Sauer has been providing consultative services around the country to accelerate the value transition in health care, particularly within the cardiovascular realm. A significant area of concentration has been creating contemporary and effective physician/hospital partnership structures, utilizing employment and other contractual arrangements (such as professional services agreements) and joint ventures. His work includes full service line advancement, including governance and leadership development, and the creation of targeted co-management programs. Joel is an expert in vision and strategy setting, cultural and operational integration, and physician compensation plan design that promotes the vision and objectives of the organization.

Prior to consulting, Joel spent 14 years as Chief Executive Officer of a large Midwestern multi-specialty physician group that included 23 cardiologists. In 2008 Joel led his group through acquisition by a major health system and then took over as CEO of its entire physician enterprise, which eventually included nearly 500 providers. 

A recognized national resource in cardiovascular physician compensation, Joel is author of the annual MedAxiom Provider Compensation & Production Survey and has expertise in provider workforce planning and development.  Along with the entire MedAxiom Consulting team, he is a resource in new federal payment models such as the Quality Payment Program and the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), and other episode payment based arrangements. Joel is often published in health care magazines, blogs and trade journals and is a regular speaker at national health care meetings.

My clients appreciate my ability to take complex circumstances and break them down into simple and understandable bites, digestible across a wide continuum of stakeholders. I help clients find straightforward and common sense solutions to each and every challenge they face. And, I make sure we have some fun along the way!

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Strategic Program Design and Development
  • Physician/Provider Resource Management
  • CVSL Development
  • Provider Workforce Planning
  • Hospital-Physician Alignment
  • Bundled and Episode Payment Models
  • Strategic Data Assembly and Analysis
  • Co-Management Arrangements
  • Integration Transactions

A Decade of Compensation and Production Trends

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 | Joel Sauer | 0 Comments

Have We Reduced CV Care to a Rote Physical Activity?

Friday, March 18, 2022 | Joel Sauer | 0 Comments

Value and Compensation: Key Takeaways From Cardiovascular Summit

Friday, February 25, 2022 | Joel Sauer | 0 Comments

The Vexing Challenge of Physician Slowdown: How to Create an Effective Policy

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | Joel Sauer | 0 Comments

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