Why Support ASHE
While major debates are occurring over many aspects of healthcare, it is important to provide a forum in which health economists and thought leaders from the industry and government can share cutting-edge research and ideas with other experts from academia, industry, and government. ASHE represents the premier scientific organization and forum for rigorous analytical and theoretical presentations on these topics. ASHEcon has a proven record for providing such a forum.
The inaugural ASHEcon conference provided an opportunity for over 500 economists and other experts from academe, government and industry, ranging from well-recognized leaders to graduate students to present and discuss over 350 papers. The 4th Biennial conference of ASHEcon, held at the University of Minnesota, June 10-13, 2012, was a success in virtually every dimension. Over 750 registrants participated in more than 500 oral presentation covering leading health policy issues such as pay for performance, antitrust and health care markets, insurance market reform, innovation policy, promoting healthy lifestyles and economic disparities in health. Mark Pauly from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, presented the Sunday Plenary address; he also received the Victor R. Fuchs Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Health Economics. Steve Parente and Jonathan Gruber, leading health policy advisors to the McCain and Obama campaigns, presented a discussion of the Affordable Care Act, moderated by Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio.
With the continued support of sponsors, ASHEcon hopes to continue the success of the first four conferences at the upcoming conference at USC. The conference at USC will have plenary sessions presented by leading health policy thinkers and decision makers in government and industry. The conference will also feature sponsored session on timely health policy issues such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruling on generic competition in pharmaceutical markets, and health care price transparency initiatives. Only with sponsorship and funding to support the conference and the ongoing operation of ASHEcon, will this happen.
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