Dr. Kenton Johnston, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, published a study on Medicare beneficiaries in the journal Health Services Research in December along with his co-author Jason Hockenberry at Emory University. Their study was selected for the Best of the 2016 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting as exemplary of outstanding health services research by peers in their field and the journal’s own editors.
Drs. Johnston and Hockenberry studied the shared management of older adults with diabetes and heart failure by multiple physicians and found that annual involvement of disease-relevant specialists in the care of such patients leads to more resource use but has a beneficial effect on their health outcomes.
The study is titled: “Are Two Heads Better Than One or Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? The Trade-Off between Physician Division of Labor and Patient Continuity of Care for Older Adults with Complex Chronic Conditions.”