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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-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

Recent Publications

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Johnston KJ, Bynum J, Joynt Maddox K. The need to incorporate additional patient information into risk adjustment for Medicare beneficiaries. JAMA. 2020;323(10):925-26. 
  5. Johnston KJ, Mittler J, Hockenberry J. Patient social risk factors and continuity of care for Medicare beneficiaries. Health Services Research. 2020;55(3):445-56.

Find Kenton Johnston on:
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)