Austin B. Frakt

Austin B. Frakt, PhD

Research Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


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.

Other Positions

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


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Field of Study: Electrical Engineering
  • Cornell University, BS
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM/ScM Field of Study: Electrical Engineering


  • Published on 4/2/2024

    Frakt A, Tachibana C. HSR's outstanding reviewers in 2023. Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr 02. PMID: 38566177.

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  • Published on 2/27/2024

    Frakt A, Tachibana C. From the Editor's Desk: Publishing in HSR in 2022. Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr; 59(2):e14294. PMID: 38412994.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    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. PMID: 38381548.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    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. PMID: 37738604.

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  • Published on 12/11/2023

    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. PMID: 38082469.

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  • Published on 11/12/2023

    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. PMID: 37953067.

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  • Published on 10/13/2023

    Li Y, Barr KD, Trafton JA, Oliva EM, Garrido MM, Frakt AB, Strombotne KL. Impact of Mandated Case Review Policy on Opioid Discontinuation and Mortality Among High-Risk Long-Term Opioid Therapy Patients: The STORM Stepped-Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Subst Abus. 2023 Oct; 44(4):292-300. PMID: 37830514.

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  • Published on 9/14/2023

    Patel SY, Auerbach D, Huskamp HA, Frakt A, Neprash H, Barnett ML, James HO, Smith LB, Mehrotra A. Provision of evaluation and management visits by nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the USA from 2013 to 2019: cross-sectional time series study. BMJ. 2023 Sep 14; 382:e073933. PMID: 37709347.

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  • Published on 7/1/2023

    Ma Y, Frakt AB, Roberts ET, Johnston KJ, Phelan J, Figueroa JF. Rapid Enrollment Growth In 'Look-Alike' Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans: A Threat To Integrated Care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 Jul; 42(7):919-927. PMID: 37406231.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Figueroa JF, Dai D, Feyman Y, Garrido MM, Tsai TC, Orav EJ, Frakt AB. Use of High-Risk Medications Among Older Adults Enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans vs Traditional Medicare. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jun 01; 6(6):e2320583. PMID: 37368399.

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