Austin B. Frakt, PhD
Associate 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 - 04/30/2020 (SP Co-PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: David Henderson, MD
VA Boston Healthcare System

TRANSLATION AND DISSEMINATION OF HEALTH POLICY-RELEVANT RESEARCH
04/20/2018 - 07/31/2019 (PI)
Laura and John Arnold Foundation

PERSONNEL AGREEMENT FOR RESEARCH SERVICE OF AUSTIN FRAKT
05/01/2013 - 04/30/2014 (PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. AcademyHealth

PERSONNEL AGREEMENT FOR RESEARCH SERVICES OF AUSTIN FRAKT
12/01/2011 - 11/30/2012 (PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. Comm of Pennsylvania




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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Pearson E, Frakt A. Administrative Costs and Health Information Technology. JAMA. 2018 Aug 14; 320(6):537-538. PMID: 30120464.
     
  2. Frakt A, Miller M. The Case for Restructuring the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Health Serv Res. 2018 Aug 01. PMID: 30069872.
     
  3. Hanchate AD, Frakt AB, Kressin NR, Trivedi A, Linsky A, Abdulkerim H, Stolzmann KL, Mohr DC, Pizer SD. External Determinants of Veterans' Utilization of VA Health Care. Health Serv Res. 2018 Jul 31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30062781.
     
  4. Chernew ME, Frakt AB. The Inevitable Math behind Entitlement Reform. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jul 19; 379(3):211-213. PMID: 30021098.
     
  5. Frakt AB. The Risks and Benefits of Expedited Drug Reviews. JAMA. 2018 Jul 17; 320(3):225-226. PMID: 30027237.
     
  6. Arcaya MC, Schnake-Mahl A, Binet A, Simpson S, Church MS, Gavin V, Coleman B, Levine S, Nielsen A, Carroll L, Ursprung S, Wood B, Reeves H, Keppard B, Sportiche N, Partirdge J, Figueora J, Frakt A, Alfonzo M, Abreu D, Abreu T, Ambroise T, Andrade E, Barrientos E, Baty A, Baty C, Benner K, Bennett C, Blanchette A, Bongiovanni R, Cardile O, Corchado C, Dixon C, Dodson C, Dominguez J, Durena M, Fiestas Y, Genty J, Graffam N, Gonzalez A, Grigsby E, Hayden P, Alvado SH, Hernandez Z, Hodes I, Johnson J, Keefe K, Latimer K, Levine S, Logg C, Martinez N, Mboup K, McPhorson D, Meacham S, Mohammed D, Moss E, Nielsen A, O'Brien K, Owens L, Partridge J, Johnson LP, Power MB, Rebelo T, Remy R, Roderigues G, Sabtow Q, Sanchez C, Seeder A, Sepulveda R, Sportiche N, Ursprung S, West E, Winters L, Wood B, Youmans T. Community change and resident needs: Designing a Participatory Action Research study in Metropolitan Boston. Health Place. 2018 Jul; 52:221-230. PMID: 30015179.
     
  7. Minegishi T, Garrido MM, Pizer SD, Frakt AB. Effectiveness of policy and risk targeting for opioid-related risk mitigation: a randomised programme evaluation with stepped-wedge design. BMJ Open. 2018 Jun 27; 8(6):e020097.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29950460.
     
  8. Frakt AB, Chernew ME. Price Setting for Physician Services-Reply. JAMA. 2018 06 26; 319(24):2558-2559. PMID: 29946719.
     
  9. Frakt AB, Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Elwy AR, Garrido MM, Kilbourne AM, Atkins D. Overcoming Challenges to Evidence-Based Policy Development in a Large, Integrated Delivery System. Health Serv Res. 2018 Jun 03.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29862494.
     
  10. Minegishi T, Frakt A. Reducing Long-term Opioid Use in the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jun; 33(6):781-782. PMID: 29450685.
     
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Bar chart showing 122 publications over 17 distinct years, with a maximum of 25 publications in 2010

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