Genna Cohen

Genna Cohen

Senior Researcher
Name Pronunciation: G like "giraffe" (Jeh-nah)
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Expertise
  • Health services research
  • Health information technology
  • Program and policy evaluation
  • Primary care redesign and transformation
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed methods
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Delivery System Reforms
  • Medicare
About Genna

Genna Cohen’s research focuses on understanding the effects of healthcare delivery and payment reform efforts as well as the organizational determinants that shape provider success in responding to them. Her work centers on use of health information technology, particularly variation in how electronic health records (EHRs) are used within and across primary care practices, and patient-centered medical home transformation. She is passionate about understanding policy and technology that influences health care delivery to ultimately make it easier for providers and patients to thrive.

Cohen leads Mathematica’s work to assess state policy and practice for public health data exchange and also leads the evaluation of health information technology in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. Other work at Mathematica includes supporting Mathematica’s Coordinating Center for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Comparative Health System Performance Initiative, reports on proposed Physician-Focused Payment Models and Other Payer Advanced Alternative Payment Models for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and determining the feasibility of EHR audit log data to measure clinician burden using EHRs.

Cohen’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Health Affairs, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. She holds a Ph.D. in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Key Projects
  • Coordinating Center for Comparative Health System Performance

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created the Comparative Health System Performance Initiative to study how health care delivery systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care and to understand the connections between the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR),...