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  1. McIntyre A, Bagley N, Frakt AB, Carroll AE. The Dubious Empirical and Legal Foundations of Workplace Wellness Programs. Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine. 2017 May 1; 26(1):TBD.
  2. Frakt AB. How Many Pills Are Too Many. New York Times. 2017 Apr 10: A: 3.
  3. Frakt AB. Training Your Brain So That You Don't Need Reading Glasses. New York Times. 2017 Mar 27: A: 3.
  4. Edwards ST, Saha S, Prentice JC, Pizer SD. Preventing Hospitalization with Veterans Affairs Home-Based Primary Care: Which Individuals Benefit Most? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2017 Aug 1; 65(8):1676-1683.
  5. Frakt AB. Lousy Customer Service? A Better Way in Health Care. New York Times. 2017 Mar 13: A: 3.
  6. Pizer SD, Davies ML, Prentice JC. Consult Coordination Affects Patient Experience," America Journal of Accountable Care. The American journal of managed care. 2017 Mar 10; 5(1):23-28.
  7. Prentice JC, Pizer SD. The Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center: Building the VA Learning Healthcare System: Briefing before the QUERI Strategic Advisory Group; 2017 Mar 9; Washington, DC.
  8. Johnson G, Lyon ZM, Frakt A. Provider-Offered Medicare Advantage Plans: Recent Growth And Care Quality. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2017 Mar 1; 36(3):539-547.
  9. Frakt AB. If Obamacare Exits, Some May Need to Rethink Early Retirement. New York Times. 2017 Feb 27: A: 3.
  10. Mull HJ, Rivard PE, Legler A, Pizer SD, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Rosen AK. Comparing definitions of outpatient surgery: Implications for quality measurement. American journal of surgery. 2017 Aug 1; 214(2):186-192.
  11. Frakt AB, Skinner JS. The Puzzling Popularity of Back Surgery in Certain Regions. New York Times. 2017 Feb 13: A: 3.
  12. Ornstein KA, Penrod J, Schnur JB, Smith CB, Teresi JA, Garrido MM, McKendrick K, Siu AL, Meier DE, Morrison RS. The Use of a Brief 5-Item Measure of Family Satisfaction as a Critical Quality Indicator in Advanced Cancer Care: A Multisite Comparison. Journal of palliative medicine. 2017 Jul 1; 20(7):716-721.
  13. Frakt AB. Assessing and Reducing Opioid Prescription Risk: VA Response to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. QUERI eNews. 2017 Feb 3; Feb 2017(1): 1.
  14. May P, Garrido MM, Cassel JB, Kelley AS, Meier DE, Normand C, Smith TJ, Morrison RS. Cost analysis of a prospective multi-site cohort study of palliative care consultation teams for adults with advanced cancer: Where do cost-savings come from? Palliative Medicine. 2017 Apr 1; 31(4):378-386.
  15. Ornstein KA, Aldridge MD, Garrido MM, Gorges R, Bollens-Lund E, Siu AL, Langa KM, Kelley AS. The Use of Life-Sustaining Procedures in the Last Month of Life Is Associated With More Depressive Symptoms in Surviving Spouses. Journal of pain and symptom management. 2017 Feb 1; 53(2):178-187.e1.
  16. Carroll AE, Frakt AB. A Republican Plan for Medicare Gets a Revival. New York Times. 2017 Jan 30: A: 3.
  17. Pizer SD, Minegishi T, Legler A, Wolfsfeld L, Frakt AB. Policy Memo: How the VA Choice Program Affected Access to Care: Briefing before the Delivered to Baligh Yehia, Leo Greenstone, Kameron Matthews, and Jennifer Ford, Office of Community Care; 2017 Jan 26; Washington, DC.
  18. Garrido MM, Allman R, Gerhard L, Rudolph J, Thomas K, Sperber N. Evaluation of Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services: Introduction Webinar: Briefing before the Representatives from VAMCs and Aging and Disability Network Agencies associated with operational VD-HCBS programs; 2017 Jan 25; Webinar.
  19. Pizer SD, Yee C, Minegishi T, Frakt AB. Policy Memo: How VA Budget Levels Affect Access to Care: Briefing before the Delivered to Mark Yow, Ed Bernard, and DeAnn Farr, Office of Policy and Planning; 2017 Jan 24; Washington, DC.
  20. Frakt AB. Blame Technology, Not Longer Life Spans, for Health Spending Increases. New York Times. 2017 Jan 23: A: 3.
  21. Frakt AB. Hospitals Don't Shift Costs From Medicare or Medicaid to Private Insurers. JAMA Forum. 2017 Jan 14.
  22. Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Wolfsfeld L. Bundled payments: Briefing before the Deputy Executive Director, Kameron Matthews, Provider Relations and Services, Office of Community Care, VHA.; 2017 Jan 13; Washington, DC.
  23. Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Frakt AB. PEPReC Review Panel Meeting: Briefing before the Carolyn Clancy, David Atkins, Mike Davies, Amy Kilbourne, Christine Yee, Merry Ward, DeAnn Farr, Joe Francis, Melissa Garrido, Rani Elwy, and Jodie Trafton,; 2017 Jan 10; Washington, DC.
  24. Frakt AB. How Emotion Over Pet Care Helps Explain Human Health Spending. New York Times. 2017 Jan 9: A: 3.
  25. Prentice JC, Legler A, Pizer SD. The impact of established patient scheduling practices on new patient access to care: Briefing before the Steve Lieberman, ADUSH for Access to Care, and Joan Clifford, Deputy ADUSH for Access; 2017 Jan 9; Washington, DC.
  26. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Policy Memo: Impact of potential ACA repeal components on demand for VHA care: Briefing before the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence, Carolyn Clancy, MD; 2017 Jan 4; Washington, DC.
  27. Carroll AE, Frakt AB. Could 'Repeal and Delay' of Obamacare Affect the Birthrate. New York Times. 2016 Dec 26: A: 3.
  28. Frakt AB. Price Transparency Is Nice. Just Don't Expect It to Cut Health Costs. New York Times. 2016 Dec 19: A: 3.
  29. Garrido MM. PEPReC's Planned Randomization and Evaluation Activities: Briefing before the Officials from GEC, HCBS, and ACL; 2016 Dec 16; Washington, DC.
  30. Pizer SD. Application of Basic Supply/Demand Concepts to Optimize Staffing and Access at VHA Medical Centers: Briefing before the Richard Stone, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Health; 2016 Dec 16; Washington, DC.
  31. Bagley N, Frakt AB. The Problem With One-Size-Fits-All Health Insurance. New York Times. 2016 Dec 5: A: 3.
  32. Yee C, Legler A, Prentice JC, Pizer SD. Scheduling Policy and New Patient Access: Briefing before the Michael Davies, Senior Medical Adviser; 2016 Dec 2; Washington, DC.
  33. Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Pizer SD, Itani KM. Association Between Postoperative Admission and Location of Hernia Surgery: A Matched Case-Control Study in the Veterans Administration. JAMA surgery. 2016 Dec 1; 151(12):1187-1190.
  34. Pizer SD. Application of Basic Supply/Demand Concepts to Optimize Staffing and Access at VHA Medical Centers: Briefing before the DeAnn Farr, Director, Enrollment and Forecasting; Charles Stepanek, Budget Analyst; Edward Bernard, Associate Chief Financial Officer for Office of Resource Management; and Mark Yao, VHA Chief Financial Officer; 2016 Nov 28; Washington, DC.
  35. Carroll AE, Frakt AB. Let's Say Obamacare Is Repealed. What Then? New York Times. 2016 Nov 21: A: 3.
  36. Pizer SD. The Future of Clinical Data Sharing Through VistA: Briefing before the COIN and Resource Centers Directors; 2016 Nov 17; Washington, DC.
  37. Pizer SD, Yee C, Minegishi T. VIReC Partnered Research: Application of Basic Supply/Demand Concepts to CDW Data to Optimize Staffing and Access at VHA Medical Centers. [Cyberseminar]. HSR&D. 2016 Nov 15.
  38. Frakt AB. Politics Aside, We Know How to Fix Obamacare. New York times. 2016 Nov 14: A: 3.
  39. Garrido MM, Prigerson HG, Neupane S, Penrod JD, Johnson CE, Boockvar KS. Mental Illness and Mental Healthcare Receipt among Hospitalized Veterans with Serious Physical Illnesses. Journal of palliative medicine. 2017 Mar 1; 20(3):247-252.
  40. Yee C, Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Cost, Quality, and Access under Risk-Based Contracting: The Medicare Advantage Experience. 2016 Nov 2. 1 (3). Available from: https://www.queri.research.va.gov/partnered_evaluation/PeprecBrief3.pdf.
  41. Yee C, Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Cost and Quality of Fee-For-Service Purchased Care vs VA Care for Veterans. 2016 Nov 1. 1 (2). Available from: https://www.queri.research.va.gov/partnered_evaluation/PeprecBrief2.pdf.
  42. Frakt AB. The High Costs of Not Offering Paid Sick Leave. New York Times. 2016 Oct 31: A: 3.
  43. Frakt AB. Savings? Yes. But Narrow Health Networks Also Show Troubling Signs. New York Times. 2016 Oct 17: A: 3.
  44. Sachs RE, Frakt AB. Innovation-Innovation Tradeoffs in Drug Pricing. Annals of internal medicine. 2016 Oct 11; 165(12):871-872.
  45. Hanchate AD. External Determinants of Veterans' Demand of Healthcare: Briefing before the ADUSH Office of Policy and Planning & representatives from Milliman, Inc.; 2016 Oct 5; Via Skype.
  46. Frakt AB. The Two Mysteries of Medicare. New York Times. 2016 Oct 3: A: 1.
  47. Prentice JC. Finalizing the Validation of Telephone Access Metrics: Briefing before the Joanne Shear (Clinical Program Manager, VACO PC Operations & PC Program Office); 2016 Oct 3; Washington, DC.
  48. Frakt AB. Determining Value and Price in Health Care. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2016 Sep 13; 316(10):1033-4.
  49. Frakt AB. Politics Are Tricky but Science Is Clear: Needle Exchanges Work. The New York Times. 2016 Sep 8: A: 3.
  50. Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Legler A. Partnered Evidence Based Policy Resource Center: Tools for Group Practice and Access Management: Briefing before the VA Senior Managers Group (included the ADUSH for Access); 2016 Sep 7; Washington, DC.
  51. Frakt AB. Defending Your Children's Teeth (and Dentists): The Value of Sealants. The New York Times. 2016 Sep 2: A: 3.
  52. Frakt AB. The Life-Changing Magic of Choosing the Right Hospital. The New York Times. 2016 Aug 23: A: 3.
  53. Frakt AB. How Common Procedures Became 20 Percent Cheaper for Many Californians. The New York Times. 2016 Aug 9: A: 3.
  54. Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Legler A. Identifying Urgent Appointments in the VA: Briefing before the ADUSH for Access to Care; 2016 Aug 2; Washington, DC.
  55. Frakt AB. You Probably Don't Need Dental X-Rays Every Year. The New York Times. 2016 Jul 25: A: 3.
  56. Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Conlin PR. Identifying the independent effect of HbA variability on adverse health outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association. 2016 Dec 1; 33(12):1640-1648.
  57. Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Prentice JC. PEPReC: Evolving the Learning Healthcare System: Briefing before the Care Management and Social Work Services Chief Consultant; 2016 Jul 12; Washington, DC.
  58. Pizer SD, Minegishi T, Frakt AB. What Can the Market Tell Us About VA Capacity And Demand Growth?: Briefing before the VA Access and Clinic Administration Program; 2016 Jun 30; Electronic Briefing.
  59. Frakt AB. Low Prices for Vaccines Can Come at a Great Cost. The New York Times. 2016 Jun 27: A: 3.
  60. Frakt AB, Pizer SD, Prentice JC. Patient-Centered Validation and Maintenance of Performance Metrics Constructed from Administrative Data. Paper presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2016 Jun 27; Boston, MA.
  61. Burke L, Khullar D, Orav EJ, Frakt AB, Jha A. Do Academic Medical Centers Have a Differential Benefit for Medically Complex Medicare Beneficiaries?”. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2016 Jun 26; Boston, MA.
  62. Edwards ST, Saha S, Prentice JC, Pizer SD. Preventing Hospitalizations with Home-Based Primary Care: Which Patients Benefit Most? Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2016 Jun 26; Boston, MA.
  63. Figueroa J, Frakt AB, Lyon Z, Zhou X, Jha A. Characteristics and Spending Patterns of the Non-Elderly High-Need/High Cost Patients in Massachusetts. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2016 Jun 26; Boston, MA.
  64. Garret J, Lyon Z, Frakt AB. Plan-Provider Integration in the Medicare Advantage Market. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2016 Jun 26; Boston, MA.
  65. Mull HJ, Rosen AK, Hawn M, Itani K, Pizer SD. Predictors of Hospitalization after Outpatient Surgery in the Veterans Health Administration. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; 2016 Jun 26; Boston, MA.
  66. Prentice JC. Optimizing Access Metrics in the VA. HERC Health Economics Seminar [Cyberseminar]. HSR&D. 2016 Jun 15.
  67. Frakt AB. The Cost of Medicare Advantage. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2016 Jun 14; 315(22):2387-8.
  68. Pizer SD. VA Perspectives on Multimodal Therapies. Paper presented at: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders; 2016 Jun 14; Washington, DC.
  69. Frakt AB. The Downside of Merging Doctors and Hospitals. The New York Times. 2016 Jun 13: A: 3.
  70. Prentice JC, Li D, Pizer SD. Telephone Access and Improved Veteran Satisfaction: Briefing before the VA Senior Managers Group (included the Director of the Access Clinic and Administration Program and the VA Primary Care Operations Clinical Program Manager); 2016 Jun 7; Washington, DC.
  71. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. A Research Agenda to Support VA's Transformation. FORUM. 2016 Jun 1; Summer 2016.
  72. Frakt AB. Drug Prices Too High? Sometimes, They're Not Costly Enough. The New York Times. 2016 May 31: A: 3.
  73. Frakt AB. You Mean I Don't Have to Show Up? The Promise of Telemedicine. The New York Times. 2016 May 16: A: 3.
  74. Pizer SD, Prentice JC, Frakt AB. Introduction to the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) and Randomized Program Evaluation: Briefing before the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research. Congressional Briefing on VA Learning Health Center; 2016 May 16; Washington, DC.
  75. Frakt AB. We Can't All Have It All: The Economic Limits of Pharmaceutical Innovation. JAMA. 2016 May 10; 315(18):1936-7.
  76. Sacks NC, Burgess JF, Cabral HJ, Pizer SD. Myopic and Forward Looking Behavior in Branded Oral Anti-Diabetic Medication Consumption: An Example from Medicare Part D. Health economics. 2017 Jun 1; 26(6):753-764.
  77. Frakt AB. Missing From Medicare Advantage: True Competition. The New York Times. 2016 May 2: A: 3.
  78. Frakt AB. Why Medical Devices Aren't Safer. The New York Times. 2016 Apr 18: A: 3.
  79. Pizer SD, Minegishi T, Frakt AB. Does Demand for VA Mental Health Care Exceed Capacity?: Briefing before the Government Contractor Milliman; 2016 Apr 18; Electronic Briefing.
  80. Frakt AB. Sicker Patients Seem at a Disadvantage with Medicare Advantage. The New York Times. 2016 Apr 4: A: 3.
  81. Pizer SD. Falsification Testing of Instrumental Variables Methods for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Health services research. 2016 Apr 1; 51(2):790-811.
  82. Prentice JC, Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Metrics That Matter. Journal of general internal medicine. 2016 Apr 1; 31 Suppl 1:70-3.
  83. Wagner TH, Burstin H, Frakt AB, Krein SL, Lorenz K, Maciejewski ML, Pizer SD, Weiner M, Yoon J, Zulman DM, Asch SM. Opportunities to Enhance Value-Related Research in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Journal of general internal medicine. 2016 Apr 1; 31 Suppl 1:78-83.
  84. Pizer SD, Minegishi T, Frakt AB. Does Demand for VA Mental Health Care Exceed Capacity?: Briefing before the Office of Mental Health Operations; 2016 Mar 29; Electronic Briefing.
  85. Frakt AB. An Ancient and Proven Way to Improve Memory; Go Ahead and Try It. The New York Times. 2016 Mar 24: A: 3.
  86. Frakt AB. How Can State and Federal Antitrust Policy Serve Health Care Consumers. Paper presented at: Manhattan Institute Race to the Top: How New York Can Better Encourage Value-Based Competition In Hospital Markets Conference; 2016 Mar 23; New York, NY.
  87. Yee C, Frakt AB, Pizer SD. Economic and Policy Effects on Demand for VA Care. Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center Policy Brief. Washington DC: QUERI; 2016 Mar 18. Available from: http://www.queri.research.va.gov/partnered_evaluation/YeeFraktPizer.pdf.
  88. Frakt AB. Validating and applying VA substance use disorder and mental health performance measures through operations-partnered investigation. HERC Health Economics Seminar [Cyberseminar]. HSR&D. 2016 Mar 16.
  89. Frakt AB. Ban Drug Ads on TV? Some Positive Outcomes Would Be Lost. The New York Times. 2016 Mar 13: A: 3.
  90. Frakt AB. Fighting Drug Addiction With Drugs Works, but Only if Doctors Sign On. The New York Times. 2016 Mar 2: A: 3.
  91. Prentice JC, Legler A, Pizer SD. Validating a Third Next Available Appointment Wait Time Metric: Briefing before the VA Senior Managers Group (included the Director of the Access Clinic and Administration Program, the Director of Primary Care Services and the Director of Clinical Analytics and Reporting in the Office of Informatics and Analytics); 2016 Feb 29; Washington, DC.
  92. Frakt AB. How to Make the Most of Drugs We Already Have. The New York Times. 2016 Feb 22: A: 3.
  93. Frakt AB. Your Team Made the Super Bowl? Better Get a Flu Shot. The New York Times. 2016 Feb 2: A: 3.
  94. Frakt AB, Pizer SD. The promise and perils of big data in healthcare. The American journal of managed care. 2016 Feb 1; 22(2):98-9.
  95. Frakt AB. Even Talking About Reducing Drug Prices Can Reduce Drug Prices. The New York Times. 2016 Jan 19: A: A3.
  96. Frakt AB. The Hidden Financial Incentives Behind Your Shorter Hospital Stay. The New York Times. 2016 Jan 5: The Upshot: A3.
  97. Frakt AB. Why Preventing Cancer Is Not the Priority in Drug Development. The New York Times. 2015 Dec 28: The Upshot: A3.
  98. Frakt AB. Your New Medical Team: Algorithms and Physicians. The New York Times. 2015 Dec 9: The Upshot: A3.
  99. Frakt AB. How to Decrease Prices for an Expensive Class of Drugs. The New York Time. 2015 Nov 16: The Upshot: A3.
  100. Frakt AB. Why Consumers Often Err in Choosing Health Plans. The New York Times. 2015 Nov 1: The Upshot: A3.
  101. Frakt AB. To Reduce the Cost of Drugs, Look to Europe. New York Times. 2015 Oct 19: The Upshot: A3.