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 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 Senior 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, a regular contributor on health policy topics to The New York Times’ The Upshot, and has been a contributor to the JAMA Health Forum.

Dr. Frakt has conducted research studies funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, 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


  • 1999 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Field of Study: Electrical Engineering
  • 1994 - Cornell University, BS
  • 1996 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM/ScM Field of Study: Electrical Engineering


  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Bindman AB, Frakt A. From the Editors' desk: Publishing in HSR. Health Serv Res. 2021 Apr; 56(2):173-174. PMID: 33730764.

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  • Published on 3/26/2021

    Lin MY, Hanchate AD, Frakt AB, Burgess JF, Carey K. Do accountable care organizations differ according to physician-hospital integration?: A retrospective observational study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2021 Mar 26; 100(12):e25231. PMID: 33761713.

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  • Published on 11/21/2020

    Feyman Y, Pizer SD, Frakt AB. The persistence of medicare advantage spillovers in the post-Affordable Care Act era. Health Econ. 2021 Feb; 30(2):311-327. PMID: 33219715.

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  • Published on 11/17/2020

    Shafer P, Frakt AB. To Truly Build the Affordable Care Act Into Universal Coverage, More Creativity Is Needed. JAMA. 2020 Nov 17; 324(19):1931-1932. PMID: 33201194.

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  • Published on 11/3/2020

    Minegishi T, Garrido MM, Stein M, Oliva EM, Frakt AB. Opioid Discontinuation Among Patients Receiving High-Dose Long-Term Opioid Therapy in the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 12; 35(Suppl 3):903-909. PMID: 33145683.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Nikpay S, Pungarcher I, Frakt A. An Economic Perspective on the Affordable Care Act: Expectations and Reality. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2020 10 01; 45(5):889-904. PMID: 32589202.

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  • Published on 9/2/2020

    Figueroa JF, Wadhera RK, Frakt AB, Fonarow GC, Heidenreich PA, Xu H, Lytle B, DeVore AD, Matsouaka R, Yancy CW, Bhatt DL, Joynt Maddox KE. Quality of Care and Outcomes Among Medicare Advantage vs Fee-for-Service Medicare Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 Sep 02. PMID: 32876650.

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  • Published on 8/21/2020

    Yee CA, Pizer SD, Frakt A. Medicare's Bundled Payment Initiatives for Hospital-Initiated Episodes: Evidence and Evolution. Milbank Q. 2020 09; 98(3):908-974. PMID: 32820837.

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  • Published on 8/11/2020

    Pearson E, Frakt A. Health Care Cost Growth Benchmarks in 5 States. JAMA. 2020 Aug 11; 324(6):537-538. PMID: 32780131.

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  • Published on 8/10/2020

    Frakt AB, Jha AK, Glied S. Pivoting from decomposing correlates to developing solutions: An evidence-based agenda to address drivers of health. Health Serv Res. 2020 10; 55 Suppl 2:781-786. PMID: 32776528.

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