Asaf Bitton
Asaf Bitton, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and an Affiliate with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

As a practicing primary care physician and health systems innovator, my work centers on improving the measurement and delivery of primary care nationally and globally. I have a particular focus on the implementation and evaluation of new team-based models of primary care delivery, and their associated payment structures. In the past, I studied the epidemiology and control of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries, with a focus on global tobacco control.

In addition to my appointments at the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, I direct the work at Ariadne Labs for the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative ( This joint effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, along with Results for Development, aims to measure in both traditional and novel ways primary care functions and performance within low and middle income partner countries, with the goal of understanding variation in performance and tailoring improvement initiatives to address performance gaps.

I also serve as a Senior Advisor to the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This national multi-payer initiative launched in 2012 combines payment reform and practice redesign to transform 474 primary care practices in 8 states over 4 years with the overarching goal of improving quality of care, patient experience, and reducing costs.

I practice primary care medicine and am the Assistant Medical Director at the Brigham and Women’s Advanced Primary Care Associates, South Huntington, a patient-centered medical home practice in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Social Norms and Smoking Risk in iTaukei Fijian Adolescent Women.
Authors: Authors: Gerbasi ME, Gilman SE, Bitton A, Becker AE.
Health Behav Policy Rev
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Association of Primary Care Physician Supply With Population Mortality in the United States, 2005-2015.
Authors: Authors: Basu S, Berkowitz SA, Phillips RL, Bitton A, Landon BE, Phillips RS.
JAMA Intern Med
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Health Care Spending Slowed After Rhode Island Applied Affordability Standards To Commercial Insurers.
Authors: Authors: Baum A, Song Z, Landon BE, Phillips RS, Bitton A, Basu S.
Health Aff (Millwood)
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Barriers to treatment adjustment within a treat to target strategy in rheumatoid arthritis: a secondary analysis of the TRACTION trial.
Authors: Authors: Zak A, Corrigan C, Yu Z, Bitton A, Fraenkel L, Harrold L, Smolen JS, Solomon DH.
Rheumatology (Oxford)
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Gatekeeping and patterns of outpatient care post healthcare reform.
Authors: Authors: Barnett ML, Song Z, Bitton A, Rose S, Landon BE.
Am J Manag Care
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Adverse Events and Resource Use Before and After Treat to Target in Rheumatoid Arthritis:A Post-Hoc Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Authors: Authors: Solomon DH, Yu Z, Katz JN, Bitton A, Corrigan C, Fraenkel L, Harrold LR, Smolen JS, Losina E, Lu B.
Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken)
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The Necessary Return of Comprehensive Primary Health Care.
Authors: Authors: Bitton A.
Health Serv Res
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Finance and Time Use Implications of Team Documentation for Primary Care: A Microsimulation.
Authors: Authors: Basu S, Phillips RS, Bitton A, Song Z, Landon BE.
Ann Fam Med
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Does quality influence utilization of primary health care? Evidence from Haiti.
Authors: Authors: Gage AD, Leslie HH, Bitton A, Jerome JG, Joseph JP, Thermidor R, Kruk ME.
Global Health
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Prevalence and factors associated with burnout among frontline primary health care providers in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review.
Authors: Authors: Dugani S, Afari H, Hirschhorn LR, Ratcliffe H, Veillard J, Martin G, Lagomarsino G, Basu L, Bitton A.
Gates Open Res
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