ASHEcon 2014

5th Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economists Hosted by the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics


Our 2014 workshop line-up will provide for interesting and engaging discussions on a wide variety of topics pertinent to today’s ever changing healthcare industry. 

Workshops will take place on Sunday, June 22nd from 1:00-4:45 in the afternoon; the location for all workshops will be Von Kleinsmid Center (VKC).  If you are signed-up for a workshop, please go to the registration table at Argue Plaza on Sunday to pick up your registration packet and any additional details.  

Pricing and other details vary with the workshops and are listed below.  Workshops are open to conference attendees.  To register for workshops, use the general conference registration link. 

1. Modeling Health Care Costs and Counts (VKC 102)

 Instructors: Partha Deb (Hunter College), and Edward Norton (University of Michigan)

Description: We will review quantitative methods for modeling health care costs and counts, which present special modeling challenges.  Health care costs and use counts often have a large fraction of observations with zeros, and distributions of positive values that are skewed, non-normal, and heteroskedastic.  We will present tests of the underlying assumptions, a unified framework for computing marginal effects, and links to recent research.  We will discuss how to choose among alternative estimation strategies that are sensitive to different types of health costs or count applications.  We will present abundant examples from the 2004 MEPS and examples Stata 13 compatible code.  This session should be of interest to anyone who wants to improve their quantitative methods.  Level of difficulty: Intermediate.  Cost: $125

2. Economic Evaluation of Drugs, Devices and other Medical Interventions (VKC 101) canada rx discounters coupon

Instructor: Joel Hay (University of Southern California)

Description: This half-day workshop will provide an overview of economic assessment methods for drugs and other medical interventions.  Participants will learn how to collect and calculate the costs and outcomes for different treatment alternatives, and how to assess the value of medical interventions.  Different pharmacoeconomic models and techniques will be demonstrated in lecture and case studies. These include cost-minimization, cost-of-illness, cost effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analysis. Decision analysis, sensitivity analysis, and discounting will also be demonstrated. Cost: $125

3. NIH Grants Workshop (VKC 100)

Instructor: Sarah Duffy (NIDA)

Description:Although obtaining NIH funding may have gotten harder, it is far from impossible. Outstanding projects are still being funded. One of them should be yours! NIH staff members are here to help. This ½ day workshop will contain sessions addressing the following topics: 1) The basics, including NIH structure, types of grants, roles of NIH staff, and the grants application and review processes. 2) Tips for strong economics grant applications and resubmissions. 3) Post-award considerations. In addition, select program staff will be available to provide individualized advice on concept papers, specific aims, etc. Cost: $10/students, $25/others

4. AHRQ Data Sets: MEPS and HCUP (VKC 150)

Instructor: Herb Wong (AHRQ)

Description: This half-day workshop will provide an introduction to the research databases and grant funding opportunities at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In particular, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) will be described with specific applications to health economics research. The workshop will conclude with an overview of grant funding opportunities at AHRQ. Cost $10/students, $25/others

5. Health Care and National Security Economics (VKC 152)

Instructor: John E. Whitley (Institute for Defense Analyses)

Description: Federal programs covering health care and disability payments for military personnel, their family members, military retirees, and veterans exceed $200 billion per year.  These programs are  a significant element of national security programs and spending, major elements of the U.S. health care and disability systems, and an important element of military compensation.  They therefore present policy makers and researchers with a wide range of complex and challenging policy questions.  In addition, their administration generates a significant quantity of data covering the choices, costs, and outcomes for the millions of Americans involved.  But access to military health care and veterans’ benefits data can be difficult and the policy issues confronted by Department of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs officials are often not widely discussed outside of national security circles.  The objective of the health care and national security economics workshop is to familiarize health economists with DoD and VA issues and data in order to increase the interest, research, and publication on DoD and VA health care and disability issues.  This workshop may include discussion with policy officials from these organizations, information on the data holdings they maintain, and the procedures that are to be used for obtaining access to this data. Cost $10/students, $25/others