Mary Jo Gorman: I was very honored to be included in such an amazing group of women who are doing such interesting, important things in healthcare.
Transcript: Mary Jo Gorman, co-founder and CEO of Advanced ICU Care
Mary Jo Gorman: I think the most important thing that anybody can do for their career is find people who can advise you and mentor you and give you input so that you can improve your knowledge and your skills. And then, of course, listen to them and try to make changes.
Mary Jo Gorman: I think, actually, the fact that we're going to take a major regulatory change is the most important issue. It's unclear what those unintended consequences will be, and even though everyone has very good intentions around cost control and covering the uninsured, depending on what the solution is it could have some very important and maybe some bad ramifications.
Mary Jo Gorman: Hospitals, as you know, are required to take care of anyone who comes to see them. And with the large number of uninsured, hospitals, in order to meet that need, cost-shift and do some other things. If every patient who came to the hospital had coverage for their healthcare—and by had coverage I mean meaningful hospital reimbursement—not what we see in some situations now with Medicaid, then that would help them to be able to afford our product.
Mary Jo Gorman: We have a tremendous ability to collect data on the ICU (intensive-care unit) patients and try to impact their care in the ICU. And we're very proud of the changes that we've been able to achieve. However, it's an ongoing battle to identify what are the real levers around changing that care and then maintaining those changes and not seeing slippage in our results.
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