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John LaGorio, MD

September & October 2019

Dr. LaGorio practices anesthesiology in Muskegon Michiga.  He attended medical school and completed anesthesiology residency at the University of Michigan.  He joined his current practice in 1998, where he served as group President for several years.  He received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2017.  Dr. LaGorio has served as Medical Director of Quality and Safety for Mercy Health Muskegon since 2014, motivated by an adverse hospital event in a family member.  He is immediate Past-President of the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists and currently represents Michigan as Director to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 

What are you thinking about?
Healthcare Value- these words have almost become cliché, but the function of quality and cost in healthcare is becoming an ever increasingly important aspect for all stakeholders.  In my role as medical director of quality for our hospital, I have gained perspective on the critical nature of monitoring and improving quality while also remaining cognizant to the access, appropriateness and cost of care.

How are you involved with MPOG?
Mercy Health Muskegon has been involved with the ASPIRE cohort of MPOG partners since ASPIRE’s inception.  I have served as MHM’s physician champion to ASPIRE since that time and we remain proud to be a regional community hospital participating in such important and meaningful work.  I hope our participation has provided MPOG members with data and perspective of community based anesthesia care.  I know participation has allowed us to gain insight on our practice, investigate opportunities for improvement, and increase value to our hospital and patient community.

What are the practical implications for healthcare?
With an aging and growingly unhealthy population, and healthcare expenditures surpassing 20% of the GDP, it is critical that we all work on this.  It will continue to grow as conversation from individual providers to medical groups to hospital boardrooms to the halls of Congress.  From individual therapeutic decisions to large scale network decisions, clinicians will need to be prepared for these discussions with information and data that will make meaningful arguments for the strategies necessary to improve the health of our nation in a much more agile fashion than ever before.

What are the practical implications for healthcare?
With an aging and growingly unhealthy population, and healthcare expenditures surpassing 20% of the GDP, it is critical that we all work on this.  It will continue to grow as conversation from individual providers to medical groups to hospital boardrooms to the halls of Congress.  From individual therapeutic decisions to large scale network decisions, clinicians will need to be prepared for these discussions with information and data that will make meaningful arguments for the strategies necessary to improve the health of our nation in a much more agile fashion than ever before.

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