ASHEcon 2014

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

Frequently Asked Questions

As the conference gets closer we are sure you will have a number of questions about the conference as well as traveling to Los Angeles.  Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions we have received.  If you don’t see the information you are looking for, please send us your questions and we will respond as soon as possible.

Stephanie Hedt
Project Coordinator
Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics

Charmaine J. Wright
Associate Director
American Society of Health Economists


  • I am unable to attend the conference and already paid.  Can I get a refund or send someone else in my place?
    • A refund, less $100, will be issued for cancellation requests received by e-mail to the American Society of Health Economists at, by June 2, 2014. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.
    • Persons who register for the conference but cannot attend may send a substitute.   If you would like to send someone else in your place, please email


  • I am staying in the on-campus housing that has been provided, what are the check-in procedures?
    • Guests will check in at Cardinal Gardens Apartments if there room is in that complex or at Fluor Tower if they are staying in Webb_Tower.  When guests check-in they will receive access cards and further instructions about parking and the building accommodations.


  • What is the location of the pre-conference workshops?
    • The pre-conference workshops will all be located in the Von Klein Smid Center (VKC).  They will be in the following classrooms:
      • Modeling Health Care Costs and Counts: VKC 102
      • Economic Evaluation of Drugs, Devices, and other Medical Interventions: VKC 101
      • NIH Grants Workshop: VKC 100
      • AHRQ Data Sets: MEPS and HCUP: VKC 150
      • Health Care and National Security Economics: VKC 152
  • Where will the concurrent sessions be located on campus?
    • Concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops will be held in various classrooms in three buildings:
      • Von Klein Smid Center (VKC): atop one of the towers sits one of USC’s most visible landmark, the VKC Globe.
      • Lewis Hall (RGL): also known as the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall building; this is the building that houses the Sol Price School of Public Policy.
      • Waite Phillips Hall (WPH): Phillips Hall of Education is headquarters for the USC Rossier School of Education.  This building is next to VKC.
      • Musick Law Building (LAW): The Law Building is located off Childs Way behind Hubbard Hall and Town & Gown.


  • Where will the registration table be located?
    • The registration table will be located at Argue Plaza on Childs Way
  • Where will the plenary sessions be located?
    • Sunday Evening Plenary: Bovard Auditorium, 4D; near the Tommy Trojan Statue on Trousdale pkwy
    • Monday Presidential Address: Bovard Auditorium
    • Tuesday Lunch Plenary: Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom, 5D; on Childs Way near the bookstore and Bovard Auditorium
    • Tuesday Evening Plenary: Bovard Auditorium
  • Where is the Natural History Museum in proximity to the USC Campus?
    • The Natural History Museum is a comfortable half mile walk from Bovard Auditorum.  Just south of the University Park Campus, it is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard between Vermont Avenue and Figueroa Streets.  Though we encourage participants to walk, if you would prefer to drive, attached are directions, and parking at the NHM is free.


  • Is there public transportation between the LAX Airport and USC campus? 
    • Yes, there are public transportation options that will take you from LAX to the University Park Campus.  The most convenient would be to take the metro bus line  102.  This provides direct route between the airport and campus with no transfers, here is a  map of the route as well as a link to the Metro Trip Planner which provides information about fares and riding the metro system.


  • What are the parking options near USC?
    • On-Campus:  Daily parking is available in parking garages on the USC campus at a rate of  $10.00 per day or $35.00 per week.   For your convenience, parking spots have been reserved at the following parking structures; PSD, PSA, and PSX.   Hourly parking is also available.
    • Off-Campus:  Four- and two-hour metered parking is available on Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to campus.


  • Will there be vegetarian or gluten-free options for meals served at the conference?
    • Yes, we will be providing vegetarian and gluten-free options for the meals.


  • Will there be computers available for participants to use?
    • Computers will be available in each of the concurrent sessions.  There will not be a general computer lab for participants to use.  We recommend that participants bring their laptops or tablets for personal use.  WiFi is available throughout the campus.


  • What are the instructions regarding logistics of the sessions? 
    • Information about sessions, including the responsibilities of each role and timing can be found by clicking on Session Logistics located under the 2014 program tab.