Deirdre Baggot launched her medical career in 1997 at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a nurse and later as a resource coordinator. She went on to earn her PhD at the University of Colorado, and in addition to serving as a clinician, she gained substantial experience working as a hospital executive.
Early in her career, when treating patients, Baggot became increasingly concerned about over-testing, leading her to become focused on healthcare payment reform. Given her career history, an innate passion for the healthcare industry and a deep-seated desire to streamline patient care, there existed a seemingly natural segue for her to become a trailblazer in the realm of bundled payments. Read more about Deirdre at medicaldailytimes.com
Currently, Baggot is considered a leading expert on bundled payments, and together with serving as an advisor to several senior leadership and health system boards, she has carried out programs and strategies for 200 hospitals and sixty bundles. Deirdre has been the keynote speaker at numerous medical conferences, including the Bundled Payment Summit, Pay-for-Performance Summit and Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Beyond this busy entrepreneur’s multitude of accolades and zest for healthcare payment reform, Deirdre is also a proponent of patients being their own advocates. She has said, “We need empowered consumers who are engaged and accountable for their healthcare in order for healthcare to get safer in America.” For this reason, the trend of wearable health technology excites her. Baggot has also said, “I am obsessed with anything that will activate patients as healthcare consumers.”
Other than building her brand by greatly influencing healthcare standards in America, Deirdre Baggot is a proud mother who believes that any money expended on building memories with her family is well-spent. She also subscribes to the theory that always being the hardest working person in the room is a key to success.