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Austin  Frakt

Austin Frakt

Dr. Austin Frakt is a health economist at Boston University's School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He is also the creator and a primary author of the widely acclaimed and cited health policy blog The Incidental Economist. He studies economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy with a recent but not exclusive focus on Medicare and the uninsured and has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy. Dr. Frakt is a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC), which assess the latest medical evidence to assist New England region practitioners and policymakers in applying it to clinical and coverage decisions.

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Dr. Frakt is a health economist at Boston University's School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Health. He studies economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy with a recent but not exclusive focus on Medicare and the uninsured. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy. His papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Milbank Quarterly, Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Health Economics, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals. He has contributed many columns to Kaiser Health News, commentary for the Journal of the American Medical Association's online forum, the New York Times' Room for Debate forum, and has appeared on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

Dr. Frakt is the creator and one of the primary authors of The Incidental Economist, an an online resource for researchers, journalists, decision-makers, and managers with a mission to translate and disseminate research relevant to health policy. The Incidental Economist has attained high visibility through regular citations by publications and programs including The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Business Week, CBS, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, Financial Times, The Fiscal Times, Forbes, The Hill, The Huffington Post, Marketplace, Mother Jones, National Public Radio, National Journal, National Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Politico, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

Dr. Frakt's translation and dissemination mission extends beyond The Incidental Economist. He is a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC), which is affiliated with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment. CEPAC's role is to assess the latest medical evidence to assist New England region practitioners and policymakers in applying it to clinical and coverage decisions. He is also a member of AcademyHealth's Translation and Dissemination Institute Planning Committee. In his role on the committee, Dr. Frakt helps guide the Institute in its pursuit of its three aims: (1) to identify health topics of urgency for policymakers and delivery system leaders; (2) to promote the translation and dissemination of the best health research for the policymakers and health system decision makers; and (3) to advance the science and art of translation and dissemination for policy and practice.

    "Austin Frakt, tireless impressario of the Incidental Economist, has a remarkable ability to cut through technical complexities and the partisan fog. One of the best in the business, he is an essential voice in health policy."

    - Harold Pollack, Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, and faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies

    "I have heard Austin Frakt speak at a variety of venues with audiences of varying exposure to health policy and knowledge of the health system. In all cases, he successfully conveys complex information in an understandable way, with attention to important detail that is often overlooked by the media. He has a knack for distilling complicated concepts into an informative and entertaining presentation. Dr. Frakt's true strength is his unparalleled knowledge of all things related to the health care system."

    - Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration, University of Maryland College Park