Paul Shafer
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Paul 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 and co-director of the Boston University Medicaid Policy Lab. His research focuses on how health insurance and social safety net policies affect health, well-being, and equity. Do they work and are the benefits distributed equitably? If they don't work or have unintended consequences, why and how can we fix them? He is also an investigator with the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System and research fellow with the Office of Personnel Management.

He previously served as a research economist at RTI International and junior fellow 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

  • SPHPM807
  • SPHPM822
  • SPHPM844

Publications

  • Published on 6/2/2024

    Shafer PR, Yuan Y, Feyman Y, Price ME, Kabdiyeva A, Figueroa SM, Shen YJ, Nebeker JR, Ward MC, Strombotne KL, Pizer SD. Effect of mental health staffing inputs on initiation of care among recently separated Veterans. Health Serv Res. 2024 Jun 02. PMID: 38826037.

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  • Published on 5/21/2024

    Garrido MM, Biko D, Dorneo A, Shafer PR, Frakt AB. Access to insurance navigation support through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Health Aff Sch. 2024 Jun; 2(6):qxae072. PMID: 38911681.

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  • Published on 5/15/2024

    Lim K, Nguyen KH, Goutos D, Shafer PR, Buitron de la Vega P, Cole MB. The Association Between Hospital-Based Food Pantry Use and Subsequent Emergency Department Utilization Among Medicaid Patients With Diabetes. J Ambul Care Manage. 2024 Jul-Sep 01; 47(3):122-133. PMID: 38744317.

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  • Published on 5/10/2024

    Saeed I, Barr K, Palani S, Shafer P, Pizer S. Comparison of Full-Time Equivalent and Clinic Time Labor Input Measures in Productivity Metrics. J Healthc Manag. 2024 May-Jun 01; 69(3):178-189. PMID: 38728544.

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  • Published on 3/30/2024

    Palani S, Saeed I, Legler A, Sadej I, MacDonald C, Kirsh SR, Pizer SD, Shafer PR. Effect of the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act Scribes Trial on Emergency Department Provider Productivity and Patient Throughput Times. J Emerg Med. 2024 Jul; 67(1):e89-e98. PMID: 38824039.

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  • Published on 3/27/2024

    Xie W, Hsu HE, Shafer PR, Podolsky MI, Stokes AC. Metabolic Disease and The Risk of Post-COVID Conditions: A Retrospective Cohort Study. medRxiv. 2024 Mar 27. PMID: 38585713.

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  • Published on 3/8/2024

    Shafer PR, Palani S, Saeed I, Legler A, Barr K, Carvalho K, Pizer SD. Costs and Productivity Benefits of the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act Scribes Trial. Value Health. 2024 Jun; 27(6):713-720. PMID: 38462222.

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  • Published on 2/5/2024

    Shafer PR. Does Supporting Children Help Their Parents Thrive? JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e2356376. PMID: 38381436.

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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 1/31/2024

    McCann NC, Dean LT, Bovell-Ammon A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Green T, Shafer PR, Raifman J. Association between Child Tax Credit advance payments and food insufficiency in households experiencing economic shocks. Health Aff Sch. 2024 Feb; 2(2):qxae011. PMID: 38756550.

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