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

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Cornell University

Austin Frakt, Ph.D., is a Health Economist and Associate Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. He is also a Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management with the Boston University School of Public Health and a Principal Research Scientist with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Frakt is Editor-in-Chief of Health Services Research and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Managed Care.
He is also an Editor-in-Chief and a primary author of the evidence-based health policy blog The Incidental Economist.

Dr. Frakt has conducted research studies funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institute on Aging, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, 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.

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

Effects of Medicaid Managed Care on Medication Assisted Treatment Use and Health Outcomes among Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Samantha Auty
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Translation and Dissemination of Health Policy-Relevant Research
04/20/2018 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Detection of Unethical Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers
11/02/2018 - 09/30/2021 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Melissa Garrido, PhD
Laura and John Arnold Foundation

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

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. Garrido MM, Biko D, Dorneo A, Shafer PR, Frakt AB. Access to insurance navigation support through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Health Aff Sch. 2024 Jun; 2(6):qxae072.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38911681; PMCID: PMC11192052; DOI: 10.1093/haschl/qxae072;
  2. Tsai TC, Brownlee SA, Dai D, Soto M, Rosenthal N, Orav EJ, Frakt AB, Figueroa JF. Disparities in Access to Outpatient Surgery Related to Removal of Procedures from Medicare's Inpatient Only List. Ann Surg. 2024 Apr 25. PMID: 38660795
  3. Lin MY, Hanchate AD, Frakt AB, Burgess JF, Carey K. Association between physician-hospital integration and inpatient care delivery in accountable care organizations: An instrumental variable analysis. Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr 23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38654539
  4. Feyman Y, Figueroa J, Garrido M, Jacobson G, Adelberg M, Frakt A. Restrictiveness of Medicare Advantage provider networks across physician specialties. Health Serv Res. 2024 Aug; 59(4):e14308.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38594081
  5. Frakt A, Tachibana C. HSR's outstanding reviewers in 2023. Health Serv Res. 2024 Jun; 59(3):e14306. PMID: 38566177; PMCID: PMC11063090; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14306;
  6. Frakt A, Tachibana C. From the Editor's Desk: Publishing in HSR in 2022. Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr; 59(2):e14294. PMID: 38412994; PMCID: PMC10915473; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14294;
  7. Garrido MM, Dorneo A, Adelberg M, Biko D, Shafer PR, Frakt AB. Potential inequities in access to in-person SHIP counseling services. Am J Manag Care. 2024 Feb 01; 30(2):e46-e51.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38381548; DOI: 10.37765/ajmc.2024.89500;
  8. Garrido MM, Legler A, Strombotne KL, Frakt AB. Differences in adverse outcomes across race and ethnicity among Veterans with similar predicted risks of an overdose or suicide-related event. Pain Med. 2024 Feb 01; 25(2):125-130.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37738604
  9. Strombotne KL, Lum J, Pizer SD, Figueroa S, Frakt AB, Conlin PR. Clinical effectiveness and cost-impact after 2?years of a ketogenic diet and virtual coaching intervention for patients with diabetes. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2024 Mar; 26(3):1016-1022.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38082469; PMCID: PMC10987085; DOI: 10.1111/dom.15401;
  10. Feyman Y, Pizer SD, Shafer PR, Frakt AB, Garrido MM. Measuring restrictiveness of Medicare Advantage networks: A claims-based approach. Health Serv Res. 2024 Feb; 59(1):e14255.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37953067; PMCID: PMC10771910; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14255;
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What’s Behind the Growth in Alcohol Consumption?

The New York Times 4/19/2021

What’s Missing in the Effort to Stop Maternal Deaths

The New York Times 7/13/2020

How the Covid-19 pandemic will leave its mark on US health care

Vox 4/22/2020

Race and Medicine: The Harm That Comes From Mistrust

The New York Times 1/13/2020

Reduce Health Costs By Nurturing The Sickest? A Much-Touted Idea Disappoints

NPR 1/8/2020

How Cutting Food Stamps Can Add Costs Elsewhere

The New York Times 12/31/2019

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

The New York Times 1/7/2019

The Medicare-for-all paradox

VOX 12/14/2018

A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing

The New York Times 10/29/2018

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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