Austin Frakt, PhD
Dr. Austin Frakt is a Health Economist at Boston University's School of Medicine, BU's School of Public Health, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. 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.
Click here to preview Dr. Frakt addressing Payment Reform to Achieve Better Healthcare at the Health Affairs briefing in Washington DC - September 2012.
Check out Dr. Frakt's blog, The Incidental Economist.