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Thomas J. Hoerger

Senior Fellow, Health Economics and Financing

Thomas Hoerger, PhD, specializes in health economics, health care reform, and cost-effectiveness analysis and is the director of the Public Health Economics Program at RTI. Dr. Hoerger has led numerous research projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has developed models for examining the cost-effectiveness of health promotion interventions and estimated the costs of diabetes, vision loss, and other conditions. He has directed a series of projects to design, implement, and evaluate competitive bidding for Medicare services. The purpose of the CDC-sponsored RTI-UNC Center of Excellence in Health Promotion Economics, which Hoerger directed, was to develop, evaluate, and implement health promotion recommendations, programs, and policies; to evaluate their cost-effectiveness; and, consequently, to improve upon efforts to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and injury.


PhD, Economics, Northwestern University; MA, Economics, Northwestern University; BA, Economics, Carleton College.

Latest Publications

Porterfield, D.S., Rojas-Smith, L., Lewis, M., McCormack, L.A., Hoerger, T.J., & Holden, D.J. (July 2015). A taxonomy of integration interventions between health care and public health: RTI Press Publication No. OP-0023-1507. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Hoerger, T.J., Perry, R., Farrell, K., & Teixeira-Poit, S. (2015). Can Incentives Improve Medicaid Patient Engagement and Prevent Chronic Diseases?. North Carolina Medical Journal, 76 (3):180-184.
Hoerger, T.J., Burrows, N.R., & Pavkov, M.E. (2015). In reply to 'The Myth of the Future Burden of CKD in United States'. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 66 (1):172-172.
Ekwueme, D., Hoerger, T., Miller, J., Allaire, B., Subramanian, S., Sabatino, S., et al. (2015). Cost-effectiveness of breast cancer screening in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in the United States, Value in Health, 18 (3):A258-A258.
Hoerger, T.J., Crouse, W.L., Zhuo, X., Gregg, E.W., Albright, A.L., & Zhang, P. (2015). Medicare's intensive behavioral therapy for obesity: An exploratory cost-effectiveness analysis. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48 (4):419-425.
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  • Health Economics
  • Health Promotion Economics
  • Competitive Bidding
  • Preventive Medicine