Shawn Martin

Something to Talk About: a Conversation Starter For Your HIMSS Experience

This week the who’s who of health information technology is gathering in Chicago for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. This conference generates a level of excitement among its target audience that is rivaled only by teenagers at a Taylor Swift concert. To put it mildly, these folks are excited. I will […]

Primary Care Is Dead!

The death of primary care is upon us.  Such proclamations are not new and there have been numerous pronouncements of primary care’s demise over the past two decades.  Such dismissive attitudes towards primary care and its value to the health care system are not new.  However, a funny thing has happened on the way to […]

Primary Care Physician Workforce Aided by Innovations in GME

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME), by any measure, has been highly successful.  Since its inception in 2011, there has been a rapid expansion in both the number of THCs, but more importantly, there has been an increase in the number of physicians being trained in primary care specialties.  Today, there are […]

Will Farrell, Eminem, and the SGR

This week the 113th Congress will reconvene for a short lame-duck session to complete work on pending matters and organize for the 114th Congress. While the most pressing matter is the need to fund the Federal government, there is one additional item that I believe is deserving of legislative action – the SGR or as […]

A Unicorn Named Telemedicine

Over the past two years, telemedicine has emerged as a topic of interest among Members of Congress, CMS, state governments, and a host of trade and professional organizations. As a result, we have seen an increase in the number of Congressional hearings and bill introduced on the subject. We also have witnessed a growing debate […]

The “Little” Physician That Could

Health services researchers and health economists have been predicting the demise of solo and small physician practices for the past decade, espousing the value of larger more integrated networks that can use size and scale to improve quality and lower costs. As a result of this “group think,” the acquisition of physician practices has accelerated […]

The Importance of Medicaid Parity For Primary Care

The politics of Medicaid are robust and complicated.  However, the complexity of the issue shouldn’t prevent Medicaid patients from receiving timely and quality health care services – especially primary care.  Supporting access to efficient, cost-effective primary care for over 62 million Medicaid patients is why Congress should extend Section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act […]

Starting a Necessary Conversation About Death

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin stated, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Thus one of the most repeated quotes in American culture was born.  For centuries, our country has had national conversations about taxes and tax policy.  Taxation is a topic of discussion at our kitchen tables, town […]

Graduate Medical Education Must Extend Beyond the Coasts

Too many young physicians today are shunning the so-called “fly over” states as they launch their careers, leaving millions of Americans between Pennsylvania and California with inadequate access to physician care. Later this month, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is expected to release a study and set of recommendations on the health care workforce and […]