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Austin Frakt

by Jasmine Batchelor

January 23, 2019

Director, Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Founder, Editor and Contributor, The Incidental Economist

Healthcare organizations turn for advice to Austin Frakt as the go-to expert on US healthcare economics, drawing on his talent for informing health policy and market issues of the day to the latest research.

A leader in the field of health economics, Austin is the creator, an Editor-in-Chief, and a primary contributor to The Incidental Economist, the influential website and blog that serves to communicate health policy research in a way that is broadly accessible and policy relevant. The website is a widely-recognized as a trusted resource for researchers, policymakers, corporate and government officials, as well as the media.

With a mission to explain and disseminate health economics, policy, and health services research — including his own — Austin is an experienced and effective participant in social media as well a contributor to popular and scholarly print publications. As an active blogger, he posts to numerous publications besides his own, including The New York Times, the AcademyHealth blog, and the JAMA Forum. He has also been a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition.

His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, Health Care Financing Review, Health Economics, Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and many others.

Austin Frakt can speak on a wide range of health policy and economic topics, including but not limited to: competition and consumer choice in health care and health insurance markets; innovation and investment in health care technology; productivity in health care (cost, quality, efficiency); the state and future of the Affordable Care Act; and more. In addition, he can draw on his success in dissemination of health policy relevant research via social media to speak on how social media can be used to reach a wide audience.