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Steven D. Pizer, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
Address150 S Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Phone(857) 364-6061
Other Positions
TitleResearch Associate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Law, Policy & Management

InstitutionVA Boston Healthcare System

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Pizer holds a joint appointment at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston College. He is currently Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is developing econometric models of market entry, premium and benefit determination, and enrollment response for private health plans in Medicare. He is also Principal Investigator on a study of the effects of delayed access to outpatient care on outcomes for patients with diabetes. He is co-Principal Investigator on an AHRQ-funded study of the relationship between health insurance and outcomes for persons with disabilities. Prior to his graduate training in economics, Dr. Pizer worked for the Massachusetts Legislature and for several consumer organizations concerned with state insurance regulation.

 Publications
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  1. Edwards ST, Saha S, Prentice JC, Pizer SD. Preventing Hospitalization with Veterans Affairs Home-Based Primary Care: Which Individuals Benefit Most? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Mar 21. PMID: 28323324.
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  2. Mull HJ, Rivard PE, Legler A, Pizer SD, Hawn MT, Itani KM, Rosen AK. Comparing definitions of outpatient surgery: Implications for quality measurement. Am J Surg. 2017 Feb 14. PMID: 28233538.
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  3. Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Pizer SD, Itani KM. Association Between Postoperative Admission and Location of Hernia Surgery: A Matched Case-Control Study in the Veterans Administration. JAMA Surg. 2016 Dec 01; 151(12):1187-1190. PMID: 27682221.
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  4. Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Conlin PR. Identifying the independent effect of HbA1c variability on adverse health outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Diabet Med. 2016 Dec; 33(12):1640-1648. PMID: 27279250.
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  5. Sacks NC, Burgess JF, Cabral HJ, Pizer SD. Myopic and Forward Looking Behavior in Branded Oral Anti-Diabetic Medication Consumption: An Example from Medicare Part D. Health Econ. 2016 May 06. PMID: 27150938.
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  6. Prentice JC, Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Metrics That Matter. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Apr; 31 Suppl 1:70-3. PMID: 26951272.
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  7. Wagner TH, Burstin H, Frakt AB, Krein SL, Lorenz K, Maciejewski ML, Pizer SD, Weiner M, Yoon J, Zulman DM, Asch SM. Opportunities to Enhance Value-Related Research in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Apr; 31 Suppl 1:78-83. PMID: 26951279.
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  8. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. The promise and perils of big data in healthcare. Am J Manag Care. 2016 Feb; 22(2):98-9. PMID: 26885669.
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  9. Pizer SD. Falsification Testing of Instrumental Variables Methods for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Health Serv Res. 2016 Apr; 51(2):790-811. PMID: 26293167.
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  10. Sacks NC, Burgess JF, Cabral HJ, McDonnell ME, Pizer SD. The Effects of Cost Sharing on Adherence to Medications Prescribed for Concurrent Use: Do Definitions Matter? J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2015 Aug; 21(8):678-87. PMID: 26233540.
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  11. Kressin NR, Lasser KE, Paasche-Orlow M, Allison J, Ash AS, Adams WG, Shanahan CW, Legler A, Pizer SD. Clinical Operations Variables are Associated With Blood Pressure Outcomes. Med Care. 2015 Jun; 53(6):480-4. PMID: 25974844.
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  12. Frakt AB, Trafton J, Pizer SD. Maintenance of access as demand for substance use disorder treatment grows. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 Aug; 55:58-63. PMID: 25795602.
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  13. Frakt AB, Hanchate A, Pizer SD. The effect of Medicaid expansions on demand for care from the Veterans Health Administration. Healthc (Amst). 2015 Sep; 3(3):123-8. PMID: 26384222.
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  14. Prentice JC, Conlin PR, Gellad WF, Edelman D, Lee TA, Pizer SD. Long-term outcomes of analogue insulin compared with NPH for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Mar 01; 21(3):e235-43. PMID: 26014311.
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  15. McWilliams JM, Dalton JB, Landrum MB, Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Keating NL. Geographic variation in cancer-related imaging: Veterans Affairs health care system versus Medicare. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Dec 2; 161(11):794-802. PMID: 25437407.
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  16. Prentice JC, Conlin PR, Gellad WF, Edelman D, Lee TA, Pizer SD. Capitalizing on prescribing pattern variation to compare medications for type 2 diabetes. Value Health. 2014 Dec; 17(8):854-62. PMID: 25498781.
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  17. Edwards ST, Prentice JC, Simon SR, Pizer SD. Home-based primary care and the risk of ambulatory care-sensitive condition hospitalization among older veterans with diabetes mellitus. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Nov; 174(11):1796-803. PMID: 25221986.
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  18. Park TW, Bohnert AS, Austin KL, Saitz R, Pizer SD. Datapoints: regional variation in benzodiazepine prescribing for patients on opioid agonist therapy. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Jan 1; 65(1):4. PMID: 24382761.
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  19. Prentice JC, Dy S, Davies ML, Pizer SD. Using health outcomes to validate access quality measures. Am J Manag Care. 2013 Nov; 19(11):e367-77. PMID: 24511995.
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  20. Prentice JC, Davies ML, Pizer SD. Which outpatient wait-time measures are related to patient satisfaction? Am J Med Qual. 2014 May-Jun; 29(3):227-35. PMID: 23939488.
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  21. Frakt AB, Trafton J, Wallace A, Neuman M, Pizer S. Directed funding to address under-provision of treatment for substance use disorders: a quantitative study. Implement Sci. 2013; 8:79. PMID: 23866119.
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  22. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Feldman R. Plan-provider integration, premiums, and quality in the Medicare Advantage market. Health Serv Res. 2013 Dec; 48(6 Pt 1):1996-2013. PMID: 23800017.
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  23. Sacks NC, Burgess JF, Cabral HJ, Pizer SD, McDonnell ME. Cost sharing and decreased branded oral anti-diabetic medication adherence among elderly Part D Medicare beneficiaries. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jul; 28(7):876-85. PMID: 23404199.
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  24. Pizer SD. Should hospital readmissions be reduced through payment penalties? Med Care. 2013 Jan; 51(1):20-2. PMID: 23222467.
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  25. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Feldman R. The effects of market structure and payment rate on the entry of private health plans into the Medicare market. Inquiry. 2012; 49(1):15-36. PMID: 22650015.
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  26. Pizer SD, Prentice JC. What are the consequences of waiting for health care in the veteran population? J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Nov; 26 Suppl 2:676-82. PMID: 21989621.
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  27. Iezzoni LI, Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Uninsured persons with disability confront substantial barriers to health care services. Disabil Health J. 2011 Oct; 4(4):238-44. PMID: 22014671.
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  28. Prentice JC, Graeme Fincke B, Miller DR, Pizer SD. Primary care and health outcomes among older patients with diabetes. Health Serv Res. 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):46-67. PMID: 22092392.
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  29. Pizer SD, Prentice JC. Time is money: outpatient waiting times and health insurance choices of elderly veterans in the United States. J Health Econ. 2011 Jul; 30(4):626-36. PMID: 21641062.
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  30. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Feldman R. Should Medicare adopt the Veterans Health Administration formulary? Health Econ. 2012 May; 21(5):485-95. PMID: 21506191.
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  31. Prentice JC, Fincke BG, Miller DR, Pizer SD. Outpatient wait time and diabetes care quality improvement. Am J Manag Care. 2011 Feb; 17(2):e43-54. PMID: 21473659.
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  32. Pizer SD, Gardner JA. Is fragmented financing bad for your health? Inquiry. 2011; 48(2):109-22. PMID: 21898983.
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  33. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Beneficiary price sensitivity in the Medicare prescription drug plan market. Health Econ. 2010 Jan; 19(1):88-100. PMID: 19191252.
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  34. Hendricks A, Gardner J, Frakt A, Gilden D, Prentice J, Wolfsfeld L, Pizer S. What can Medicaid data add to research on VA patients? J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010; 47(8):773-80. PMID: 21110251.
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  35. Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Iezzoni LI. Uninsured adults with chronic conditions or disabilities: gaps in public insurance programs. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1141-50. PMID: 19843552.
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  36. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Feldman R. Payment reduction and Medicare private fee-for-service plans. Health Care Financ Rev. 2009; 30(3):15-24. PMID: 19544932.
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  37. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Hendricks AM. Controlling prescription drug costs: regulation and the role of interest groups in Medicare and the Veterans Health Administration. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2008 Dec; 33(6):1079-106. PMID: 19038872.
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  38. Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Feldman R. Nothing for something? Estimating cost and value for beneficiaries from recent medicare spending increases on HMO payments and drug benefits. Int J Health Care Finance Econ. 2009 Mar; 9(1):59-81. PMID: 18821013.
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  39. Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Feldman R. Predicting risk selection following major changes in Medicare. Health Econ. 2008 Apr; 17(4):453-68. PMID: 17557273.
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  40. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Attribute substitution in early enrollment decisions into Medicare prescription drug plans. Health Econ. 2008 Apr; 17(4):513-21. PMID: 17935198.
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  41. Prentice JC, Pizer SD. Delayed access to health care and mortality. Health Serv Res. 2007 Apr; 42(2):644-62. PMID: 17362211.
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  42. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. A first look at the new Medicare prescription drug plans. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Jul-Aug; 25(4):W252-61. PMID: 16720588.
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  43. Pizer SD, Feldman R, Frakt AB. Defective design: regional competition in Medicare. Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jul-Dec; Suppl Web Exclusives:W5-399-411. PMID: 16118247.
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  44. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Schmitz RJ, Mattke S. Voluntary partial capitation: the Community Nursing Organization Medicare demonstration. Health Care Financ Rev. 2005; 26(4):21-37. PMID: 17288066.
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  45. Dowd BE, Coulam RF, Feldman R, Pizer SD. Fee-for-service Medicare in a competitive market environment. Health Care Financ Rev. 2005-2006 Winter; 27(2):113-26. PMID: 17290642.
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  46. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Wrobel MV. High-Risk Pools for Uninsurable Individuals: Recent Growth, Future Prospects. Health Care Financ Rev. 2004; 26(2):73-87. PMID: 25372064.
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  47. Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Feldman R. Payment policy and inefficient benefits in the Medicare+Choice program. Int J Health Care Finance Econ. 2003 Jun; 3(2):79-93. PMID: 14640068.
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  48. Pizer SD, White AJ, White C. Why are hospital-based nursing homes so costly? Relative importance of acuity and treatment setting. Med Care. 2002 May; 40(5):405-15. PMID: 11961475.
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  49. White C, Pizer SD, White AJ. Assessing the RUG-III resident classification system for skilled nursing facilities. Health Care Financ Rev. 2002; 24(2):7-15. PMID: 12690692.
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  50. Pizer SD, Frakt AB. Payment policy and competition in the Medicare+Choice program. Health Care Financ Rev. 2002; 24(1):83-94. PMID: 12545600.
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