Austin B. Frakt, PhD
Research Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Austin Frakt, Ph.D., is a Health Economist and Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. He is also an Associate Professor affiliated with the Boston University School of Public Health; a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and an Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Frakt is an Editor-in-Chief and a primary author of the evidence-based health policy blog The Incidental Economist. He is a regular contributor on health policy topics to The New York Times’ The Upshot and the Journal of the American Medical Association Forum.
Dr. Frakt is a senior associate editor for Health Services Research and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Managed Care. He is chair of the AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute Advisory Committee and is a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.
Dr. Frakt has conducted research studies funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. His work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Milbank Quarterly, Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Health Economics, Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals.
Dr. Frakt received his Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in statistical and applied mathematics. He also received a master’s degree from MIT, and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Applied and Engineering Physics.

Visiting Associate Professor
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Health Economics and Health Services Research Planning and Support
05/01/2016 - 08/31/2021 (SP Co-PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: David Henderson, MD
VA Boston Healthcare System

Detection of Unethical Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers
11/02/2018 - 03/31/2021 (Co-PI)
PI: Melissa Garrido, PhD
Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Translation and Dissemination of Health Policy-Relevant Research
04/20/2018 - 07/31/2020 (PI)
Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Personnel agreement for research service of Austin Frakt
05/01/2013 - 04/30/2014 (Subcontract PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. AcademyHealth

Personnel agreement for research services of Austin Frakt
12/01/2011 - 11/30/2012 (Subcontract PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. Comm of Pennsylvania


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  1. Nikpay S, Pungarcher I, Frakt A. An Economic Perspective on the Affordable Care Act: Expectations and Reality. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 Oct 01; 45(5):889-904. PMID: 32589202
  2. Figueroa JF, Wadhera RK, Frakt AB, Fonarow GC, Heidenreich PA, Xu H, Lytle B, DeVore AD, Matsouaka R, Yancy CW, Bhatt DL, Joynt Maddox KE. Quality of Care and Outcomes Among Medicare Advantage vs Fee-for-Service Medicare Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 Sep 02. PMID: 32876650
  3. Yee CA, Pizer SD, Frakt A. Medicare's Bundled Payment Initiatives for Hospital-Initiated Episodes: Evidence and Evolution. Milbank Q. 2020 Sep; 98(3):908-974.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32820837
  4. Pearson E, Frakt A. Health Care Cost Growth Benchmarks in 5 States. JAMA. 2020 Aug 11; 324(6):537-538. PMID: 32780131
  5. Frakt AB, Jha AK, Glied S. Pivoting from decomposing correlates to developing solutions: An evidence-based agenda to address drivers of health. Health Serv Res. 2020 Aug 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32776528
  6. Johnson G, Frakt A. Hospital markets in the United States, 2007-2017. Healthc (Amst). 2020 Sep; 8(3):100445. PMID: 32919591
  7. Figueroa JF, Frakt AB, Jha AK. Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Time for a Polysocial Risk Score. JAMA. 2020 Apr 28; 323(16):1553-1554.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32242887
  8. Burke LG, Frakt AB. Considering differential trends in opioid-related harm. Addiction. 2020 08; 115(8):1593-1594. PMID: 32045046
  9. Chernew ME, Conway PH, Frakt AB. Transforming Medicare's Payment Systems: Progress Shaped By The ACA. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Mar; 39(3):413-420. PMID: 32119623
  10. Frakt AB, Oberlander J. Challenges To Medicare For All Remain Daunting. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 01; 39(1):142-145. PMID: 31905071
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If pain is an opinion, there are ways to change your mind

Today Online 12/6/2019

‘Value’ of Care Was a Big Goal. How Did It Work Out?

The New York Times 9/23/2019

Myth Diagnosis: Do Hospitals Charge More to Make Up For Low Government Pay?

Healthcare Dive 8/7/2019

Our Turn: Elsa Pearson and Austin Frakt: Hospital mergers don’t cut prices

Providence Journal 8/4/2019

Does Your Education Level Affect Your Health?

New York Times 6/3/2019

Why Your Doctor’s White Coat Can Be a Threat to Your Health

New York Times 4/29/2019

Hearing aids can help many seniors. Medicare should cover them

STAT 2/27/2019

Giant Strides in World Health, but It Could Be So Much Better

The New York Times 2/4/2019

Why a ‘Passive’ Health Approach Can Produce the Most Action

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The Medicare-for-all paradox

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A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing

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How a CVS-Aetna Merger Might Actually Put Money in Your Pocket

Intellignecer 10/11/2018

Can Paying for a Health Problem as a Whole, Not Piece by Piece, Save Medicare Money?

The New York Times 9/17/2018

Although we’re running low on doctors, the solution may not be more doctors

Stat 9/12/2018

A Little-Known Windfall for Some Hospitals, Now Facing Big Cuts

The New York Times 8/29/2018

The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

The New York Times 8/13/2018

Shopping for Health Care Simply Doesn’t Work. So What Might?

The New York Times 7/30/2018

Hidden From View: The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care

The New York Times 7/16/2018

Viewpoint: How peer-to-peer healthcare can ease patient anxiety

Viewpoint 7/9/2018

Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients

The New York Times 7/9/2018

America Has A Health Care Gap, And Insurance Alone Won’t Fix It

The Huffington Post 6/23/2018

Can Low-Intensity Care Solve High Health Care Costs?

The New York Times 6/11/2018

Viewpoint: Sicker hip replacement patients benefit the most from teaching hospitals

Becker’s Spine Review 6/11/2018

Reagan, Deregulation and America’s Exceptional Rise in Health Care Costs

The New York Times 6/4/2018

Would Americans Accept Putting Health Care on a Budget?

The New York Times 4/16/2018

340B is a well-intentioned drug discount program gone awry

STAT News 3/22/2018

Medicare Doesn’t Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Big Problem

The New York Times 3/19/2018

Viewpoint: Hospitals don't want an all-payer system

Becker's Hospital Review 3/19/2018

What to make of Amazon and Warren Buffett’s mystery health care project

VOX 1/31/2018

The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer

The New York Times 1/29/2018

A Memory Shortcut, With a Little Help From Friends

The New York Times 1/8/2018

Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care

The New York Times 1/2/2018
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