- Carnes is the program manager and principal investigator on a $540,000 contract with the NC Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a survey of the NC Medicaid adult and child populations on their access to, satisfaction with, and utilization of health care. Prior to shifting focus to health services research, he spent a long career in the chemicals and textiles industrial sector in a variety of technical, marketing, customer service, manufacturing, and transportation roles. He likes to apply and learn from “hard science” counterparts to the methodologies and problems in the social sciences and health services areas he investigates today.
- PhD in Health Services Research, UNC Charlotte, May 2016
- Masters of Health Administration, UNC Charlotte, May 2007
- BS in Textile Chemistry, North Carolina State University, May 1982
- Co-taught junior/senior level introduction to health policy course, UNC Charlotte, Summer 2011
- Taught introduction to US Health Care System, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Fall 2011
- Graduate assistant for undergraduate, masters and doctoral health policy classes, UNC Charlotte, 2010-2014
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise
- Epidemiology, cost, and cost-effectiveness of bearing surface choice in total hip arthroplasty
- Associations between ethnicity and satisfaction with care and access in the NC Medicaid child population
- Satisfaction with care and access in the NC dual-eligible adult population
- Avoidable hospitalizations in the NC Medicaid population
- Health policy, health economics, experimental design
- SAS, SPSS programming languages
Awards & Honors
- Golden Key Honor Society, inducted 2011
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, inducted 2005
- Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, inducted 1984
- Sigma Tau Sigma Textiles Honor Society, inducted 1981
- Voter Registration Drive, 2008, 2012, 2016, Cabarrus County, NC
- UNC Charlotte Health Academy: Associate Director, 2012-2014; Executive Board, 2010-2014
- Academy Health Graduate Student Chapter, UNC Charlotte: Graduate Student Government Senator, 2012-2014; Vice President, 2011-2012; Secretary, 2010-2011
- Harshini V. de Silva UNC Charlotte Graduate Mentoring Award Selection Committee, 2013-2014
- Upward Youth Basketball Coach & Volunteer, 2006-2009, Concord, NC
Peer Reviewed Publications
- Carnes, K, Odum, S, Troyer, J, & T. Fehring. 2016. A cost analysis of ceramic heads in primary total hip arthroplasty. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 98(21), November: 1794-1800.
- Brandon, W. & Carnes. 2014. Federal health insurance reform and “exchanges”: Recent history. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(1), February: xxxii-lvii.
- Brandon, W, Smith, G, Tripp, H., Carnes, K, & C Hampton. 2014. Trust and communication between North Carolina Medicaid recipients and their providers: Report of a 2012 S Policy Report No. 15 to NC DHHS. November.
- Brandon, W, Smith, G, Hampton, C, Carnes, K, & H. Tripp. 2014. Statewide assessment of adults’ experience with Medicaid managed care in North Carolina: Report of a 2012 Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems survey of primary care case managed adult enrollees. Policy Report No. 14 to NC DHHS. October.
- Brandon, W, Smith, G, Carnes, K, Hampton, C, & H Tripp. 2014. Statewide assessment of children’s experience with Medicaid managed care in North Carolina: Report of a 2012 Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems survey of primary care case managed child enrollees. Policy Report No. 13 to NC DHHS. September.
- Carnes, K. 2007. Leaving without a trace: Accurately modeling financial projections for a gynecology start-up using limited existing practice information. Final Report to Piedmont Healthcare Management Group and Client Physician.
- Ferrell, J, Staton, S, Rousseau, R & Carnes. 1987. Regeneration of refrigerated methanol in conditioning gases from coal. Report Number EPA/600/S7-87/017. Report to Environmental Protection Agency.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations
- Carnes, K, Odum, S, & J. Troyer. 2016. Rapidly evolving bearing surface use and cost in primary total hip arthroplasty. International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Annual Meeting. June-poster.
- Smith, G, Brandon, W, Hampton, C, Carnes, K, & H. Tripp. 2015. Possible fringe benefits associated with increasing the supply of physician extenders in primary care: The impact of physician extenders on race and gender concordance. Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. November-poster.
- Carnes, K, Odum, S, Troyer, J, & T. Fehring. 2015. What is the cost-effective bearing surface choice in primary total hip arthroplasty? International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Annual Meeting. June-poster.
- Brandon, W & Carnes. 2013. It’s all about HIM: Health insurance marketplaces on the eve of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the conditions for their success. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Health Administration Section. November.
- Carnes, K, Brandon, W, Smith, G, Hampton, C, & H Tripp. 2013. Bringing Medicare/Medicaid dual eligibles into managed health care: How well is the process working in North Carolina? Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
- Brandon, W & Carnes. 2013. Implementing health insurance exchanges: Key to success or failure of the Affordable Care Act. Southeastern Conference of Public Administration. September. Podium plus discussant paper.
- Brandon, W & Carnes. 2013. Health insurance exchanges: Commodification and competition in the Affordable Care Act. NC Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Raleigh, NC-February.
- Carnes, K & S. Wilensky. 2011. An exploratory study of the association between medical prevention activities and avoidable hospitalizations in a privately insured, working age NC population. Annual Meeting of the NC Public Health Association-Charlotte, NC, September.
- Carnes, K. 2011. The patient-centered medical home and Community Care of North Carolina…growing together. NC Political Science Association Annual Meeting-Charlotte, NC, February.
- Carnes, K. 2005. Holofiber…harnessing the energy of the human body. Insight Conference-Minneapolis, MN, October.
- Carnes, K. 2003. Polyester…the key to your airlaid success, Insight Conference-Nashville, TN, October.
- Carnes, K & R Averell. 2002. Polyester fibers with hydrophilic character. European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) INDEX Congress-Geneva, SUI. March.
Trade Journal Publications
- Carnes, K. A new fiber for healthier living. Nonwovens World, 15(1), February/March: 38-42.
- Carnes, K & D Murillo.2004. Improving airlaid core performance with polyester. Nonwovens World, 13(3), June/July: 49-56.
- Carnes, K. 2008. What about management? In W. Carnes, Survivor’s guide to a successful public sector union-fire/rescue service. Tampa, FL: Lectores Information Technology: 239-249.
- Carnes, K, Branum, J, Humelsine, B, and S Nichols. 2003. Polyethylene glycol modified polyester fibers and method for making the same. 6,623,853. Washington, DC: US Patent and Trademark Office.
- Carnes, K & J. Branum. 2003. Nonwoven fabrics made from polyethylene glycol modified polyester fibers and method for making the same. 6,582,817. Washington, DC: US Patent and Trademark Office.
- Carnes, K, Branum, J, & S. Nichols. Polyethylene glycol modified polyester fibers. No. 6,509,091. Washington, DC: US Patent and Trademark Office.