Emerging Scholars Exchange Program: Anthony DiGiorgio, DO, MHA

Medicaid from FFS to MCO: Can Market Based Ideals Drive Equity?
Open to Penn affiliates

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET April 16, 2024 In-Person Event

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium, 3641 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA

This talk will delve deep into the intricate landscape of Medicaid and its myriad payment models, spotlighting the fundamental differences between the fee-for-service system and managed care. We will explore how these models influence the accessibility and quality of health care services for Medicaid and indigent patients, exploring market-based solutions in bridging the gap between Medicaid recipients and those with private insurance. Through a comprehensive examination of the regulatory frameworks designed to safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable populations in America, this presentation aims to shed light on the complex interplay between policy, health care delivery, and patient outcomes. Can market based solutions move us towards a more equitable healthcare system?

Co-sponsored by the Center for Surgery and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Please note: In-person attendance at this event is preferred. Virtual access will be provided to registrants who are unable to be on campus.


Anthony DiGiorgio, DO, MHA

Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery; Neurosurgeon, University of California San Francisco

Anthony DiGiorgio, DO, MHA is an assistant professor in the department of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his DO degree from Touro University of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA and completed neurosurgery residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. He completed a research fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery and a clinical fellowship in neurotrauma and neurocritical care, both at UCSF. His clinical and research interests include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and minimally invasive spine surgery. He serves as Director of Spinal Neurotrauma at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Dr. DiGiorgio also obtained a Master’s in Health Administration from LSU and has served as a health care policy fellow in the U.S. Senate for Bill Cassidy (R-LA). He is also a delegate to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies representing California as well as a delegate to the California Medical Association representing San Francisco & Marin. He serves on the executive committees of both the California Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Council of State Neurological Societies. He is involved in socioeconomic and policy research, specifically Medicaid policy and access to care, serving as affiliated faculty in the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.

The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program is a collaborative program with peer universities developed to provide professional development opportunities for early career faculty. Conceived by the Faculty Development Committee at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI), the Exchange Program is a collaboration between IHPI, Penn LDI, and UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.