Austin has educational background in physics and engineering. After receiving his PhD in statistical and applied mathematics he spent four years at a research and consulting firm conducting policy evaluations for federal health agencies.

Austin now has appointments with Health Care Financing & Economics (HCFE) at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University’s School of Medicine; and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He is also a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania.

Since 1999, Austin has studied economic issues pertaining U.S. health care policy. He is currently the co-Principal Investigator of the Partnered Evidence-Based Resource Center, funded by the VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. His research interests include program evaluation, the quality and efficiency of traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and health care technology innovation.

(The views expressed in Austin’s posts are his own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, or any other organizations with which he is affiliated.)

Authored by Austin Frakt, Ph.D.