Dr. Kenneth Thorpe co-directs the Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1995. In this capacity, he coordinated all financial estimates and program impacts of President Clinton’s healthcare reform proposals for the White House. He also directed the administration’s estimation efforts in dealing with Congressional healthcare reform proposals during the103rd and 104th sessions of Congress.

Dr. Thorpe has authored and co-authored more than 85 articles, book chapters and books and is a frequent national presenter on issues of health care financing, insurance and health care reform at health care conferences, television and the media. He has worked with several groups (including the American College of Physicians, American Hospital Association, National Coalition on Health Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Service Employees International Union, and the United Hospital Fund) and policymakers (including Senators Wellstone, Corzine, Bingaman, Snowe, Clinton, Obama and Kennedy) to develop and evaluate alternative approaches for providing health insurance to the uninsured. He serves as a reviewer on several health care journals.

Recent Posts by Kenneth Thorpe

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...

Reforming How We Pay For Health Care: The Role Of Bundled Payments

Structural reforms to the Medicare and Medicaid programs will be on the table as the debate over entitlement reform intensifies. There are three areas of opportunity for changing our entitlement programs: adding prevention initiatives that truly slow or reduce the growth in chronic disease...

Assuring Post-Acute Care Treatment for Medicare Beneficiaries

A federal judge in Vermont may soon act to approve a proposed settlement in a national class action suit, Jimmo v. Sebelius. In the case, the plaintiffs argue that Medicare contractors and administrative officials have been denying nursing and therapy services for patients who were not expected...

October 31, 2012Costs and Spending, Medicare, Quality

Creating the Virtual Integrated Delivery System

Preventing and more effectively managing chronic illness are critical national health priorities. Patients with chronic disease currently account for three-quarters of overall health spending. Multiple morbidities are common: More than half of Medicare beneficiaries are treated for five or more...