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A healthcare visionary, Dr. Josh Luke prepares providers and patients for policy, management and technology changes in the healthcare sector. Dr. Luke is a former nursing home administrator, hospital CEO, and author of the #1 best selling book Ex-Acute: A former hospital CEO tells all on what's wrong with American healthcare.

Dr. Luke is a professor at USC and designed the school's graduate health policy post acute curriculum. Bringing over 15 years of insider experience to the table, Dr. Luke is one of the most sought-after hospital consultants in the country, known for his "discharge-home" mentality to care. A specialist on value-based initiatives, he established the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in 2013 and the National Bundled Payment Collaborative in 2015 to demonstrate and spread best-practice integration models.

Dr. Luke started his career in sports marketing management, during which he represented baseball great, Mark McGwire. After a series of accidents put his grandmother through a series of hospitalizations and nursing homes, he became concerned about the state of healthcare and made a career change. He entered the Administrator in Training Program of Life Care Centers of America, which required him to do a practicum in every department of a healthcare facility from washing dishes to doing laundry to caring for patients as a CNA. Throughout his two years of training and numerous years of service, Dr. Luke developed a deep understanding of every aspect of operation, including common pitfalls and achievable solutions.

At age 32, Dr. Luke become CEO of Western Medical Center Anaheim and later served as CEO of Anaheim General Hospital and Interim CEO of Memorial Hospital Of Gardena. He designed the award-winning management program while he was Vice President of Post-Acute Services for Torrance Memorial Health System. Currently, he is the Chief Strategy Officer and a senior health policy consultant for Nelson Hardiman Law & Compliagent and serves on the board of directors for Alzheimer's Orange County.

Full Profile

Dr. Josh Luke, FACHE

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy Founder, National Readmission Prevention Collaborative & National Bundled Payment Collaborative
  • Author: Ex-Acute: A former hospital CEO tells all about what’s wrong with American healthcare
  • Author: Readmission Prevention: Solutions Across the Provider Continuum
  • Chief Strategy Officer, Compliagent/Nelson Hardiman Healthcare Law

    Dr. Josh Luke, The Voice of American Healthcare, is a best-selling author, hospital CEO, healthcare futurist, thought-leader and international motivational speaker. He is an experienced hospital CEO, health system Vice President and nursing home administrator. He is regarded as a “futurist” on the Affordable Care Act and how it will shape the continuum of care and has been described as an innovator and a forward-thinking strategist on teaching ACO’s, Bundles, acute hospitals and post-acute leaders how to position themselves for revenue growth in a post-ACA model. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Nelson Hardiman Healthcare Law and its subsidiary consulting firm, Compliagent.

    Having uniquely held executive positions in both acute and post-acute settings, Dr. Luke was selected to author the book Readmission Prevention: Solutions Across the Provider Continuum published by the American College of Healthcare Executives, the best-selling book from Health Administration Press in 2015. In 2016, Xlibris publishing released Luke’s first book written for the mainstream public, Ex-Acute: A former hospital CEO tells all on what’s wrong with American healthcare, What every American needs to know. In 2016 Luke conducted an international book promotion tour.

    In 2013, Luke was named Vice President of Post Acute Services for Torrance Memorial Health System. In that role he designed a population management strategy (Total Wellness Torrance), working with the ACO, Bundled Payment & IPA teams. TWT and its Post Acute Network received the 2013 Excellence in Programming award from CAHF.

    His broad range of prior experience with some of the leading companies in healthcare, positioned him well to be an expert on readmission prevention and care coordination. He served as the CEO of multiple acute hospitals in California, as CEO of HealthSouth Las Vegas (acute rehab hospital), Administrator in the Skilled Nursing Division of Kindred, and had direct oversight of home health and hospice services in his role as health system Vice president.

    Dr. Luke founded the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in October 2013 (nationalreadmissionprevention.com) to showcase Best Practice integration models and the National Bundled Payment Collaborative in 2015.

    Dr. Luke serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy and formerly at California State University, Long Beach in the Healthcare Administration Department. He previously instructed at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Luke has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, served as a Lean Mentor and Project Chair, is a Fellow with ACHE and is past Chair for the Cal Optima Provider Advisory Committee.

    Recent and past board appointments include The California Hospital Association Center for Post Acute Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s Orange County, the Hospital Association of Southern California, Healthcare Executives of Southern California, CSULB Healthcare Administration Advisory Board and Hospice Care of
    California. He is also a licensed SNF & RCFE Administrator and preceptor.


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    Dr. Josh Luke, Healthcare Futurist: Keynote, CMSA


    Dr. Josh Luke breaks down the biggest changes affecting healthcare organizations today, bringing the perspective of a professional who has worked at multiple levels in both care and operations and a concerned family member who witnessed his grandmother get "juggled through the system" from nursing home to long-term acute hospital to home health care several times. The experience made him realize he had the heart to enter the healthcare field and he enrolled in a skilled nursing and administrative training program that obligated him to spend a few weeks working in every department of a skilled care facility.

    The most memorable rotation turned out to be the three weeks he spent washing dishes in the kitchen with an immigrant worker who earned minimum wage, had a non-working wife and three children at home, and loved every resident in the building. "More of the 300 employees in that facility could relate to him than could ever relate to the executive in the corner suite," Dr. Luke states. "And that is probably the most important lesson I could ever learn."

    Dr. Josh Luke, Healthcare Futurist: Introduction



    Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


    An expert on turning the Affordable Care Act and other healthcare models into easy-to-follow concepts, Dr. Josh Luke helps audiences move beyond set views of how healthcare should be and opens up their minds to what healthcare could be. With over 15 years of experience in the hospital and long-term care industries, Dr. Luke has been on most sides of the table, when it comes to discussing and negotiating the most relevant issues affecting health care organizations today. His achievable ideas and suggestions for making healthcare more affordable and accessible - especially for an aging population - are grounded in reality and a genuine place of caring, and presented through a series of personal stories and illuminating case studies.

    Additionally, Dr. Luke has tailored programs to audiences from varying sectors, focusing on how changes in health care will influence their industry.

    Sample Speaking Topics:

  • The Hospital of the Future: MSPB & Readmissions
  • Using Quality & Innovation to Become Your Referral Partners’ Top Choice
  • Readmissions and the ACA
  • The Health System of the Future
  • A Systematic Approach to Patient Flow
  • Emerging Partnerships Between Hospitals and Post Acute Providers
  • Starting a Post Acute Network in Your Community
  • Are You In? Becoming the SNF Provider of Choice for your Hospital Partner
  • The Impact of Palliative Care on Readmissions
  • Innovate and Integrate: The Hospital Delivery System of the Future
  • The Fee-for-Service Model Is Dead. Is Your Organization Prepared?
  • Best Practice Readmission Prevention Programs
  • Population Health: Award Winning Integration Strategies
  • Developing a Population Management Strategy for Your Health System
  • Becoming the Preferred Post-Acute Provider
  • Readmission Prevention Strategies That Work
  • The Future of Skilled Nursing
  • ACOs and Their Impact on Seniors
  • Learning from Experience

    If you have a topic idea or question you’d like to propose, please send a request.



  • Josh Luke Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Wow! Dr. Luke’s presentation was not only one of the most informative presentations I have ever seen on the health system of the future, but entertaining as well. He utilizes stories to illustrate and help visualize the real-life experiences that foreshadow what to expect in the future."
    – Jerry Driscoll, MSN, CRNP, GNP-BC, Primary HomeCare, Nurse Practioner House Calls since 2000

    "Josh Luke is the Tony Robbins of health care! His presentation was equally inspiring, educational and informative. If you want a peak into what the health system of the future looks like and how to position your organization, his presentation is a must see!"
    – Sadaf Salout, Healthcare Executive

    "When I was in search of an outstanding speaker on Population Management for our Healthcare Round Table, I asked the Regional Administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for his recommendation. And he said, 'Call Josh Luke. He’s the best speaker out there teaching people how to prepare for the changes ahead.'"
    – Mimi Grant, Adaptive Business Leaders, President

    "Josh’s presentation gives every hospital CEO reason to pause and consider if there are opportunities to generate revenue in the post acute space in their own market. I am intrigued with Josh’s presentation related to revenue stream generation."
    – S. Sean Fowler, Marina Del Rey Hospital, President & Chief Executive Officer

    "There is a hunger for proven strategies that generate new revenue streams for hospitals and Dr. Luke filled that void as he was the most well-received speaker we have ever had on that topic. While many hospitals and health systems are being pressured to launch expensive post acute and transitional care services, Dr. Luke appears to be the one person out there sharing proven Best Practices in creating new programs that generate revenue for the hospital in this non-traditional post acute and transitional care space."
    – Jessica Holder, Marcus Evans Ltd., Senior Summit Producer and Healthcare Sector Manager

    "Dear Josh, thanks for what you presented at the NTOCC summit yesterday. You were clearly the star of the summit. I share that not because it’s nice for you to hear, but because I think it really impacted and energized people to continue to fight-the-fight. I tried to introduce myself a couple of times during the day but you were too popular. Thanks again! Best!"
    – Ken Accardi, Ankota LLC, Founder

    "Thank you Josh, it was a pleasure to meet you and your team. The National Readmission Summit in Las Vegas was outstanding, probably the best one I have been to in Las Vegas."
    – Ellen Aliberti, HealthCare Partners Nevada

    "Dr. Luke, is a crusader nationally to solve the monumental task of coordinating care that lies ahead of us. Dr. Luke has an engaging presentation style; he is not afraid to call out the elephant in the room, pushing people to face that which is less than comfortable. His presentation was informational, inspiring, challenging and empowering to those present who wish to make a difference."
    – Susan L Cordts, Catalytic Health Partners, President/CEO

    "Dr. Josh Luke articulates a clear plan with specific goals and objectives that deals with how acute care hospitals can now create new and profitable post-acute service lines that will significantly increase revenue for their facilities. Dr. Luke supports his candid discussion with a presentation of major case studies and evidence-backed data that justifies each of his major points. All healthcare executives must see Dr. Luke’s presentation to fully understand where the future of health care is moving."
    – R. Michael Hartman, College Hospital Long Beach. Chief Operating Officer

    "Thanks Josh. You did a great job pulling this together. All the presentations that I was able to see were great. Your presentation was especially right on and very dynamic. Thanks for having me on the panel."
    – Eileen M. Haley, MSN, RN, CNS, Manager, Transitions of Care Program Development, UC San Diego Health System




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    "Wow! Dr. Luke’s presentation was not only one of the most informative presentations I have ever seen on the health system of the future, but entertaining as well. He utilizes stories to illustrate and help visualize the real-life experiences that foreshadow what to expect in the future."
    – Jerry Driscoll, MSN, CRNP, GNP-BC, Primary HomeCare, Nurse Practioner House Calls since 2000

    "Josh Luke is the Tony Robbins of health care! His presentation was equally inspiring, educational and informative. If you want a peak into what the health system of the future looks like and how to position your organization, his presentation is a must see!"
    – Sadaf Salout, Healthcare Executive

    "When I was in search of an outstanding speaker on Population Management for our Healthcare Round Table, I asked the Regional Administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for his recommendation. And he said, 'Call Josh Luke. He’s the best speaker out there teaching people how to prepare for the changes ahead.'"
    – Mimi Grant, Adaptive Business Leaders, President

    "Josh’s presentation gives every hospital CEO reason to pause and consider if there are opportunities to generate revenue in the post acute space in their own market. I am intrigued with Josh’s presentation related to revenue stream generation."
    – S. Sean Fowler, Marina Del Rey Hospital, President & Chief Executive Officer

    "There is a hunger for proven strategies that generate new revenue streams for hospitals and Dr. Luke filled that void as he was the most well-received speaker we have ever had on that topic. While many hospitals and health systems are being pressured to launch expensive post acute and transitional care services, Dr. Luke appears to be the one person out there sharing proven Best Practices in creating new programs that generate revenue for the hospital in this non-traditional post acute and transitional care space."
    – Jessica Holder, Marcus Evans Ltd., Senior Summit Producer and Healthcare Sector Manager

    "Dear Josh, thanks for what you presented at the NTOCC summit yesterday. You were clearly the star of the summit. I share that not because it’s nice for you to hear, but because I think it really impacted and energized people to continue to fight-the-fight. I tried to introduce myself a couple of times during the day but you were too popular. Thanks again! Best!"
    – Ken Accardi, Ankota LLC, Founder

    "Thank you Josh, it was a pleasure to meet you and your team. The National Readmission Summit in Las Vegas was outstanding, probably the best one I have been to in Las Vegas."
    – Ellen Aliberti, HealthCare Partners Nevada

    "Dr. Luke, is a crusader nationally to solve the monumental task of coordinating care that lies ahead of us. Dr. Luke has an engaging presentation style; he is not afraid to call out the elephant in the room, pushing people to face that which is less than comfortable. His presentation was informational, inspiring, challenging and empowering to those present who wish to make a difference."
    – Susan L Cordts, Catalytic Health Partners, President/CEO

    "Dr. Josh Luke articulates a clear plan with specific goals and objectives that deals with how acute care hospitals can now create new and profitable post-acute service lines that will significantly increase revenue for their facilities. Dr. Luke supports his candid discussion with a presentation of major case studies and evidence-backed data that justifies each of his major points. All healthcare executives must see Dr. Luke’s presentation to fully understand where the future of health care is moving."
    – R. Michael Hartman, College Hospital Long Beach. Chief Operating Officer

    "Thanks Josh. You did a great job pulling this together. All the presentations that I was able to see were great. Your presentation was especially right on and very dynamic. Thanks for having me on the panel."
    – Eileen M. Haley, MSN, RN, CNS, Manager, Transitions of Care Program Development, UC San Diego Health System


    Ex-Acute: A former hospital CEO tells all on what's wrong with American healthcare
    A Former Hospital CEO tells all on What’s Wrong with American Healthcare What every American needs to know is a tell-all book revealing health-care industry secrets to explain concepts and advise how to survive in America’s ever-changing health-care delivery system. Dr. Luke, a husband and father of three, became a hospital CEO at age thirty-two and spent more than fifteen years in health-care management, questioning misguided incentives along the way. This book is a must read for professionals, adult children caring for seniors, and parents wanting to ensure the best access to health-care services for their children.
    Sample Speaking Topics:

  • The Hospital of the Future: MSPB & Readmissions
  • Using Quality & Innovation to Become Your Referral Partners’ Top Choice
  • Readmissions and the ACA
  • The Health System of the Future
  • A Systematic Approach to Patient Flow
  • Emerging Partnerships Between Hospitals and Post Acute Providers
  • Starting a Post Acute Network in Your Community
  • Are You In? Becoming the SNF Provider of Choice for your Hospital Partner
  • The Impact of Palliative Care on Readmissions
  • Innovate and Integrate: The Hospital Delivery System of the Future
  • The Fee-for-Service Model Is Dead. Is Your Organization Prepared?
  • Best Practice Readmission Prevention Programs
  • Population Health: Award Winning Integration Strategies
  • Developing a Population Management Strategy for Your Health System
  • Becoming the Preferred Post-Acute Provider
  • Readmission Prevention Strategies That Work
  • The Future of Skilled Nursing
  • ACOs and Their Impact on Seniors
  • Learning from Experience

    If you have a topic idea or question you’d like to propose, please send a request.


  • Dr. Josh Luke, Healthcare Futurist: Keynote, CMSA


    Dr. Josh Luke breaks down the biggest changes affecting healthcare organizations today, bringing the perspective of a professional who has worked at multiple levels in both care and operations and a concerned family member who witnessed his grandmother get "juggled through the system" from nursing home to long-term acute hospital to home health care several times. The experience made him realize he had the heart to enter the healthcare field and he enrolled in a skilled nursing and administrative training program that obligated him to spend a few weeks working in every department of a skilled care facility.

    The most memorable rotation turned out to be the three weeks he spent washing dishes in the kitchen with an immigrant worker who earned minimum wage, had a non-working wife and three children at home, and loved every resident in the building. "More of the 300 employees in that facility could relate to him than could ever relate to the executive in the corner suite," Dr. Luke states. "And that is probably the most important lesson I could ever learn."

    Dr. Josh Luke, Healthcare Futurist: Introduction