Paul Shafer
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Paul R. Shafer, PhD

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

Biography

Dr. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, co-director of the Boston University Medicaid Policy Lab, and affiliate faculty of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. His research focuses on the effects of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health equity. He is also an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where his research focuses on veterans' access to care. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of health and social policies on health and well-being. Do they actually work and are the benefits distributed equitably? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes?

He previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar, which amplified his commitment to policy-engaged scholarship and research translation. He holds a PhD in health policy and management with a concentration in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM760
  • SPHPM807
  • SPHPM822

Publications

  • Published on 1/4/2022

    Shafer PR, Gutiérrez KM, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Raifman J. Association of the Implementation of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 01 04; 5(1):e2143296. PMID: 35024837.

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  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Horný M, Shafer PR, Dusetzina SB. Concordance of Disclosed Hospital Prices With Total Reimbursements for Hospital-Based Care Among Commercially Insured Patients in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 12 01; 4(12):e2137390. PMID: 34902037.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 10/25/2021

    Wright B, Anderson D, Whitaker R, Shrader P, Bettger JP, Wong C, Shafer P. Comparing health care use and costs among new Medicaid enrollees before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Oct 25; 21(1):1152. PMID: 34696801.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 10/14/2021

    Shafer PR. Expanded unemployment benefits and their implications for health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Serv Res. 2022 02; 57(1):12-14. PMID: 34585742.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Shafer PR, Anderson DM, Whitaker R, Wong CA, Wright B. Association Of Unemployment With Medicaid Enrollment By Social Vulnerability In North Carolina During COVID-19. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 09; 40(9):1491-1500. PMID: 34495714.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 8/27/2021

    Auty SG, Shafer PR, Griffith KN. Medicaid Subscription-Based Payment Models and Implications for Access to Hepatitis C Medications. JAMA Health Forum. 2021; 2(8):e212291.

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  • Published on 8/27/2021

    Auty SG, Shafer PR, Dusetzina SB, Griffith KN. Association of Medicaid Managed Care Drug Carve Outs With Hepatitis C Virus Prescription Use. JAMA Health Forum. 2021; 2(8):e212285.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Shafer PR, Anderson DM, Baum LM, Fowler EF, Gollust SE. Changes in Marketplace competition and television advertising by insurers. Am J Manag Care. 2021 08; 27(8):323-328. PMID: 34460174.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 6/16/2021

    Hoagland A, Shafer P. Out-of-pocket costs for preventive care persist almost a decade after the Affordable Care Act. Prev Med. 2021 09; 150:106690. PMID: 34144061.

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  • Published on 5/25/2021

    Shafer PR, Garrido MM, Pearson E, Palani S, Woodruff A, Lyn AM, Williams KM, Kirsh SR, Pizer SD. Design and implementation of a cluster randomized trial measuring benefits of medical scribes in the VA. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 07; 106:106455. PMID: 34048944.

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