Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Regular Contributor, The New York Times
The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP) is pleased to announce that Austin Frakt will be the keynote speaker at our 2019 Annual Conference on November 22nd.
Austin Frakt, Ph.D., is an expert on US healthcare economics, drawing on his talent for informing health policy and market issues of the day with 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, corporations 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 is the Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health; Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Austin holds an MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University.