Jack Beal, JD

Vice President, Performance Improvement and Deputy General Counsel, The University of Kansas Health System

Jack Beal serves as the Vice President of Performance Improvement at the University of Kansas Health System, based in Kansas City, Kansas.  In this role he has responsibility for process, performance, and quality improvement work, the development and deployment of the System’s improvement and management systems, business intelligence including applied analytics, clinical variation reduction programs, and clinical and operational redesign across the inpatient and ambulatory enterprises.  In his role as Vice President of Performance Improvement, Jack partners with David Wild, M.D.  Jack is also Deputy General Counsel for the health system, providing leadership with respect to all legal and regulatory matters and key financial and strategic transactions.

Jack received a B.S. in Finance from William Jewell College and his law degree from The University of Tulsa, graduating with highest honors. Previously, Jack was a Shareholder at Polsinelli PC, where he practiced in the areas of health care and corporate law. While in private practice, Jack developed significant experience with health care merger and acquisition transactions, with a focus on the structure, development and negotiation of innovative arrangements to align and improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care in numerous settings.

Speaker Sessions

33 – The Doctor’s Orders for Engaging Physicians to Drive Improvements (Clinical, Financial; Course Level-Beginning)

Physicians drive 75 to 85 percent of all quality and cost decisions, yet reimbursement pressures, competing time pressures, misaligned incentives, and a lack of credible data often make engaging clinicians in improvement work one of the biggest challenges in healthcare.  Explore how to spread data to the edges of the organization and engage physicians in leading a continuum of improvement across an entire organization.