The Martin L Block Award

Honoring the Memory of Martin L. Block

Marty Block, 62, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on October 28, 2013. Marty graduated from Northwestern University Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine degree. Marty completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1978. He began his private practice in Riverside, California, where he was active in the medical community.

Marty‘s dedication to medicine and the importance of quality patient care led him to become involved with administrative medicine early on in his career. As a medical executive for FHP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Schaller Anderson, Inspiris and United Healthcare, Marty wore many hats, starting as a medical director, leading to chief medical officer, and completing his career as a medical director and vice president of clinical services at United Healthcare-Optum.

He was continuously focused on quality of care, utilization, working with government programs as well as risk adjustment. Marty worked with passion. He was never satisfied, and endured long hours every day in order to improve processes and find a better way to do things. He received many awards throughout his career because of this dedication to his work and to healthcare in general. Among other credits in his career, Marty was awarded a Certified Professional Coder, which gave him critical insights into risk adjustment and the nexus with quality and outcomes management.

Marty's daughter, Abbey, and wife, Rita.

Marty spoke regularly at RISE conference events and engaged audiences, large and small, with his keen insights and understandings that he wanted to share with others that shared his passion for risk adjustment and quality. Just prior to his general session presentation to the RISE 2013 Summit, Marty passed out but revived and continued to make his presentation. Immediately afterwards, he allowed himself to be taken to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He left this world six-months later.

In recognition of his contributions to innovations in risk adjustment and in recognition of the excellence of his life work, the RISE Association, in response to the recommendations of Optum, the annual Martin L. Block Award for Excellence and Innovation was created. Marty Block was posthumously recognized with the first award made in March 2014, and his award was received by his wife, Rita, and daughter, Abbey.

Nominate Someone for the Martin L. Block Award

The Dr. Martin Block award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant impact in the lives of America’s seniors through clinical leadership, policy vision or through superior example of RISE’s mission to promote continuous improvement in the health care system. Submit your nomination today.

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2016 Martin L. Block Award Winner

Dr. John Broderick

"It was a great honor to win the Martin L. Block 2016 Award. As an actively practicing physician, leading an innovative mobile medical group who cares for seniors wherever they need it, 24/7, I am always striving to improve our quality of care and access. Medical leadership and innovation are needed now more than ever as we continue to move our health care system from one of volume to value. New and evolving technologies coupled with compassion and patient centered medical care will redefine how medicine is delivered in this country in a few short years. Receiving this award has steeled my resolve to continue to innovate." -John Broderick

From left to right: Nathan Goldstein, Censeo Health; Kevin Healy, Optum; Kevin Mowll, RISE; Dr. Broderick, Landmark Health; Dr. Jim Taylor, Iora Health; Senator Tom Daschle

2015 Martin L. Block Award Winner

Dr. James M. Taylor

Dr. James M. Taylor is a board certified family medicine physician, Ahima approved ICD-10 trainer, and certified professional coder (cpc). He is the Medical Director of Accountable Care Operations at Iora Health - primarily a medicare advantage only organization - where he develops systems and processes that assist in accurate and complete diagnosis capture to appropriately reflect the disease burden of their patients. In this role, Dr. Taylor is responsible for educating Iora providers on the medicare advantage model of risk adjustment and chart coding. He assists in configuring processes into the emr and audits and educated providers for better clinical documentation integrity.

Within the rise community, Dr. Taylor is a member of both the Risk Adjustment advisory board and the Martin L. Block Award advisory board.

From left to right: Kevin Healy, Optum, Dr. Jim Taylor, Kaiser Permanente of Colorado; Senator Bill Frist, TN; Nathan Goldstein, Censeo Health

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