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Martin Cohen, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

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Marty Cohen, an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy, also is a vice president at Kennell and Associates, a health policy consulting firm in Falls Church, VA. With more than 25 years of health care policy experience, he has been a long-time advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on health benefit design, new health care payment and delivery models, managed care contracting, and strategic options for reform of the Military Health System’s TRICARE program. He has developed numerous simulation models that produce DoD’s savings estimates for a wide range of TRICARE benefit reform proposals. His work for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes recently directing an evaluation of CMS’s provision of feedback data to organizations participating in health reform demonstrations. He also was lead author for a systematic review of CMS primary care transformation initiatives. His doctoral research focused on health information technology, health system reform, and diffusion of innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Harvard.


PhD, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University

MPA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

BA, Government, Harvard University



M Cohen, S Irie, A Russo, V Pav, S O’Connor, and S Wensky. (2018). Lessons Learned in Providing Claims-Based Data to Participants in Health Care Innovation Models. American Journal of Medical Quality.

M Cohen, A Russo, D Kennell, S Irie, J Derzon, K Smith, et al. (2018). Systematic Review of CMMI Primary Care Initiatives: Final Report, prepared for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Available at

M Cohen. (2016). Impact of the HITECH Financial Incentives on EHR Adoption in Small, Physician-Owned Practices. International Journal of Medical Informatics .

D Jeffery, M Cohen, A Brooks, A Linton, R Gromadzki, and C Hunter. (2013). Impact of the 2009 Influenza (H1N1) Pandemic on the United States Military Health Care System. Military Medicine.

F Thomas, C Caplan, J Levy, M Cohen, J Leonard, T Caldis, and C Mueller. (2009). Clinician Feedback on Using Episode Groupers with Medicare Claims Data. Health Care Financing Review.