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Austin  Frakt, PhD

Austin Frakt, PhD

Dr. Austin Frakt is a Health Economist with the Department of Veteran Affairs and an Associate Professor at Boston University's School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He is an Editor in Chief of The Incidental Economist, a widely read health policy blog. He studies economic issues pertaining U.S. health policy, focusing on Medicare and veteran populations. He is an award-winning author and has written numerous scholarly articles on health care financing, economics, and policy. Dr. Frakt is also a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.

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Dr. Frakt is a Health Economist with the Department of Veteran Affairs and an Associate Professor at Boston University's School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He studies economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy with a focus on Medicare and veteran populations. He won the 2013 Health Services Research John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year award and has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications in the areas of health care financing, economics, and policy. His papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Milbank Quarterly, Health Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals.

Dr. Frakt is the creator and an Editor in Chief of The Incidental Economist, a widely read health policy blog that serves as a resource for researchers, journalists, decision-makers, and managers. Its mission is to communicate research relevant to health policy in broadly accessible terms. 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, among others.

Dr. Frakt's mission of communicating research extends beyond The Incidental Economist. He is a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC). 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 Advisory Committee. In his role on the committee, Dr. Frakt helps guide the Institute in its pursuit of making the best health research more accessible to policymakers and in its ambition of developing more effective means to do so.

Check out Dr. Frakt's blog, The Incidental Economist.

    "Austin Frakt, founder of the best blog devoted to health-policy research, has shown himself uniquely skilled at explaining how the best academic work applies to the health-care sector's toughest problems. His readers -- myself included -- have learned much from him, and so will you."

    - Ezra Klein, Columnist, The Washington Post/Bloomberg and Policy Analyst/Contributor, MSNBC

    "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

    "It takes a special kind of economist to understand the dysfunctional health care marketplace, where pricing is opaque, disintermediation is the rule and patients - the 'buy side' - have almost no information on which to make informed judgments about quality and value. Austin Frakt understands why the health care marketplace doesn't work."

    - Merrill Goozner, Senior Correspondent, The Fiscal Times