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Kenton Johnston, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor; Health Management and Policy
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Courses Taught

Analytical Methods; Health Insurance and Managed Care


  • Ph.D., in health services research and health policy, Emory University

Research Interests

Health economics; health outcomes; health services research; health policy; Medicare.

Current Grant Funding: 

NIH-NIMH R01MH125820 (2021-2025)

  • Can the Medicare Quality Payment Program Incentivize Evidence-Based Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders by Primary Care Providers?
  • PI: Johnston, KJ

NIH-NIA R21AG065526 (2020-2022)
  • The Effect of Patient Dementia on Outpatient Clinicians' Performance on Cost Outcomes Under Medicare Value-Based Payment.
  • PI: Johnston, KJ

Publications and Media Placements

Recently Selected Publications

  1. Johnston KJ, Hammond G, Meyers DJ, Joynt Maddox KE. Association of race and ethnicity and Medicare program type with ambulatory care access and quality measures. JAMA. 2021;326(7):628-36.
  2. Johnston KJ, Wen H, Joynt Maddox KE, Pollack HA. Ambulatory care access and emergency department use for Medicare beneficiaries with and without disabilities. Health Affairs. 2021;40(6):910-19.
  3. Johnston KJ, Meyers DJ, Hammond G, Joynt Maddox KE. Association of clinician minority patient caseload with performance in the 2019 Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System. JAMA. 2021;325(12):1221-23.
  4. Johnston KJ, Hockenberry JM, Joynt Maddox KE. Building a better clinician value-based payment program in Medicare. JAMA. 2021;325(2):129-30.
  5. Johnston KJ, Hockenberry J, Wadhera R, Joynt Maddox K. Clinicians with high socially-at-risk caseloads received reduced Merit-Based Incentive Payment System scores. Health Affairs. 2020;39(9):1504-12.
  6. Johnston KJ, Wiemken T, Hockenberry J, Figueroa J, Joynt Maddox K. Association of clinician health system affiliation with outpatient performance ratings in the Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. JAMA. 2020;324(10):984-92.
  7. Johnston KJ, Wen H, Joynt Maddox K. Relationship of a claims-based frailty index to annualized Medicare costs: a cohort study. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2020;172(8):533-40.

Find Kenton Johnston on:
National Library of Medicine Bibliography
Google Scholar
Twitter @KentonJJohnston

Honors and Awards

  • Best of AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (2016, 2018, 2020)

  • John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award in Health Services Research (2017)