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Austin Frakt, Ph.D.
Austin Frakt, Ph.D.
Boston University, School of Public Health and School of Medicine, Boston, MA
VA Boston Health Care System, Boston, MA

Research Interests: Big Data, Health Care Policy, Mental Health, Quality Measurement Development, Research Methods Development, Statistical Methodology, Substance Use

Since 2003, Dr. Frakt has served as a Health Economist in Health Care Financing & Economics at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He joined the BU School of Public Health's Department of Health Policy and Management in 2007 and the Department of Psychiatry, BU School of Medicine in 2011. He is currently an Associate Professor in both departments. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Frakt received his Ph.D. for his work in stochastic modeling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. His research has focused on economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy, with an emphasis on Medicare Advantage and Part D policy and markets. Lately, he has devoted more attention to comparative effectiveness studies based on observational data. Dr. Frakt has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy. His peer-reviewed papers have appeared 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, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, among other journals.


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