Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and a Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He also co-directs the Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality.

Recent Posts by Kenneth Thorpe

The United States Can Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities By Focusing On Chronic Diseases

One unorthodox but highly effective approach to addressing health and socioeconomic disparities in the United States would be to close the racial and ethnic wealth gap in our society by improving health.

August 17, 2017Health Equity, Population Health

The Need For Additional Flexibility In Medicare Advantage

While social determinants of health are often addressed outside of the health care system, there is evidence that shows positive associations between social services spending and better health outcomes.

Addressing Health In America To Build Wealth

Today, two of the primary focal points for many policy leaders include boosting individual income growth and, independently, reducing health care spending growth. We have not, however, addressed a central common cause: the rising prevalence of chronic illness.

What Accounts For The Lower Growth In Health Care Spending?

Several recent studies have examined the factors accounting for the recent slowdown in growth in real per capita health care spending. Understanding the relative role of two factors, the recession and other structural changes, is important in determining whether the slowdown is temporary or...

Prescription Drugs And The Slowdown In Health Care Spending

Several studies have examined the underlying sources for the recent slowdown in health care spending. However, they do not account for the full decline in spending, or raise questions about the pattern and timing of the slowdown.

The Forgotten Chronic Disease: Mental Health Among Teens And Young Adults

Often forgotten as part of chronic conditions are mental health disorders in young people, which can lead to serious persistent conditions in adulthood. An expert panel joined together this March to inform the public about evidence-based strategies to prevent and combat chronic conditions.

Slow Health Care Spending Growth Moderates GDP Growth In The Short Term And Policy Targets Should Reflect This

Economic growth is most often measured by growth in gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all final goods and services produced in an economy. Recent revisions to the first quarter 2014 estimates of U.S. GDP growth have raised concerns over the extent to which the Affordable Care...

October 16, 2014Costs and Spending

Treated Prevalence Versus Spending Per Case: Responding To Starr And Coauthors

I was surprised but pleased to see the Martha Starr, Laura Dominiak, and Ana Aizcorbe article in the May issue of Health Affairs replicating earlier work of Charles Roehrig and David Rousseau. These papers attempt to understand the role that treated disease prevalence and spending per case...

June 17, 2014Costs and Spending, Medicare

Medicare Integrate: A New Benefit Option For Medicare Beneficiaries

I. The Need for Medicare Reform Policy options for making the Medicare program sustainable over the long run will have to identify approaches that reduce costs and improve the quality of care delivered. Effective interventions will be ones that target the key cost drivers in the system,...

The Current Medicare Debate Will Not Solve The Program’s Problems

The mistake policymakers have long made in debating Medicare (and Medicaid, though that’s a topic for another day) is that they talk about Medicare the same way they talk about Social Security. It’s understandable at some level, since these two programs are the country’s largest entitlement...