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7th Biennial Conference of the
American Society of Health Economists

June 10 – June 13, 2018

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

May 17 17

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of San Francisco School of Pharmacy

by Tara Sheehan

The UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, is seeking two full-time faculty members at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. The Department is seeking candidates with expertise in pharmacoeconomics and/or health outcomes research to work in the Department’s Medication Outcomes Center. The UCSF School of Pharmacy has been the national leader in NIH research funding for 36 years, and is widely recognized for innovation in pharmacy practice and education.

The faculty member will be integrated into the Department’s academic and service programs, which may include the UCSF Health Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, UC system-wide initiatives, medication use and safety analysis, and other medication use improvement initiatives that focus on value-based care. The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience with statistical analyses utilizing standard health economic and statistical techniques, including development of study protocols, reports, manuscripts, and presentations of study findings to key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with all level learners and health care providers to support high-quality proposals, reports, analyses, and presentations.
  • Be expected to provide leadership within the department and participate in scholarly work and teaching in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum (didactic and experiential)

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May 3 17

Call for Papers: The 28th Annual Health Economics Conference (AHEC) October 19-20, 2017

by Tara Sheehan

The Department of Health Policy and Management, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, are pleased to host the 28th Annual Health Economics Conference (AHEC) October 19-20, 2017.

A small number of papers (approximately 12) will be selected for the conference.  Approximately one hour will be devoted to each paper in order to facilitate in-depth discussion (around 30 minutes for the presenting author, 15 minutes for an assigned discussant, and 15 minutes for discussion with the audience). We invite both theoretical and empirical papers on health economics topics and encourage the participation of economists in all fields whose current research focuses on health care issues. Papers addressing issues of quality, coverage and access are particularly sought, though submissions on any area of health economics will receive full consideration. We will aim for a mix of scholars – established and new to the field. Papers will be chosen based on their originality, degree of innovation, and rigor.

AHEC is an invitation-only conference with attendance restricted to people actively participating as presenters or discussants. For the full Call for Papers, visit AHEC 2017. 

May 1 17

APPAM & ASHEcon Enter Strategic Partnership

by Tara Sheehan

The Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) are pleased to announce that they have recently entered a strategic partnership. APPAM will assume management of all ASHEcon operations, including future research conferences. Both organizations will continue to  maintain distinctly separate identities but administrative support for all ASHEcon activities will be provided by APPAM under the partnership agreement.

“ASHEcon is a well- respected organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research and we are excited about the partnership,” stated APPAM Executive Director Tara Sheehan. “We have many members in common and our missions are quite similar. A partnership seemed like a natural progression and we are looking forward to many joint projects and initiatives that will highlight the work of both APPAM and ASHEcon’s members in the coming years.”

While both organizations will remain committed to their core missions and members, the partnership between the associations allows the groups to share outreach and development initiatives aimed at membership growth and collective resources. Under the partnership agreement, which begins this week, Professor Tony LoSasso, will remain as the Executive Director of ASHEcon, while Tara Sheehan will continue to serve as Executive Director of APPAM.

“I am thrilled that ASHEcon members will have the opportunity to interact with APPAM’s outstanding professional staff. Our members will benefit greatly from APPAM’s years of experience organizing high-quality, well-attended conferences,” remarked ASHEcon Executive Director Tony LoSasso. “This is truly a relationship that will take ASHEcon to the next level.”

Under the new partnership, the organizations will begin jointly preparing for their future conferences. APPAM’s Fall Research Conference will be held November 2 – 4, 2017 in Chicago, while ASHEcon’s next conference will be June 10 – 13, 2018 at Emory University in Atlanta. The new partnership will allow both organizations to develop many successful events together, thus engaging new audiences and expanding industry horizons.

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Apr 27 17

Call for Abstracts: 18th Annual Southeastern Health Economics Study Group Conference

by sinan

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Friday and Saturday October 13 & 14, 2017

The purpose of this invitational conference is to present and promote active exchange and discussion of the latest health economics research among senior and junior economists. Some meals will be provided. All other expenses, including transportation and lodging, are the participants’ responsibility.

Ten papers will be accepted for presentation. The conference will consist of a full day of presentations on Friday October 13, 2017 and a half-day of presentations on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Each paper will be allotted 55 minutes, including 30 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for discussant comments, and 15 minutes for discussion from the floor. The number of participants in the conference will be limited. While submissions are invited from any geographical location, preference will be given to presenters from the Southeastern region of the United States.

If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract (maximum of two pages) in electronic format (pdf preferred) to [email protected] by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Submissions should be unpublished.

Decisions will be made by Friday, July 14, 2017. Completed papers must be received by the conference organizers by Wednesday, September 13, 2017. For further information, please contact Kitt Carpenter at [email protected] or by phone at (615) 322-0174.

Steering Committee:

W. David Bradford (University of Georgia)
Marisa Domino (University of North Carolina)
Alvin Headen (North Carolina State University)
Michael Morrisey (Texas A&M University)
Christopher Ruhm (University of Virginia)
Frank Sloan (Duke University)

Apr 21 17

Principal Healthcare Analyst, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

by charmaine

What if your career could change your life?

Working at Mayo Clinic is making a difference. It’s providing the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of patients first. At Mayo Clinic, you’ll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect — and most importantly, a life-changing career.

As a Manager in healthcare economics & risk analytics, you will be empowered to support short and long term strategic/operational business activities; use quantitative analytics to design, develop and/or enhance reports and models that will have an impact on the business decisions. In this role, you will have the opportunity to build a team of analyst and create viable, valuable solutions to improve the world’s best healthcare system in a complex health care landscape.

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Apr 17 17

ASHEcon Update

by sinan
Anthony LoSasso

It feels a little like the calm before the storm of the coming ASHEcon2018 meeting at Emory. But there is a lot happening behind the scenes here! There will be exciting and important announcements to come soon from ASHEcon. In the meantime, we are pleased to be assisting in receiving your abstracts for the 2018 AEA/ASSA meeting on behalf of HERO, iHEA, and… ourselves! We are excited that for the first time ASHEcon will have its own session in the ASSA meeting next year. We are accepting submissions until May 1:

ashecon.org/activities/call-for-papers-assa-2018/

As noted, we are preparing for ASHEcon2018 at Emory. The call for abstracts will be released in September. We will be casting a wide net for volunteers to help with scientific review and many other aspects of the meeting. Stay tuned!

Finally, it was great seeing everyone at the AEA meetings this past January! We had a great turnout at the luncheon and our speaker Amy Finkelstein was fantastic. We are always open for suggestions for speakers you would like to hear to from in future luncheons. Just drop me an email. For that matter, we are always interested in hearing your suggestions on how ASHEcon can do more for you!

Thanks for your continued support of ASHEcon!

Apr 17 17

Interview with Amy Finkelstein about Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

by sinan
Amy Finkelstein

1) What are the key results from your work on the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment?

The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment is a randomized evaluation of the impact of extending Medicaid to low-income, uninsured adults. In 2008 the state of Oregon ran a lottery to offer Medicaid to some low-income uninsured adults but not others who signed up on the lottery list. My co-PI Kate Baicker of the Harvard School of Public Health and I have been working with a large team of collaborators in academia, the state of Oregon, and the health care system to use this lottery to study the impact of Medicaid on a wide range of outcomes. We study the impact of Medicaid in the first two years of coverage; after that the state offered Medicaid to individuals who had lost the lottery.

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Apr 17 17

AJHE NewsBrief: Have Cigarette Taxes Lost their Bite? New Estimates of the Relationship between Cigarette Taxes and Youth Smoking

by sinan
Benjamin Hansen, Daniel I. Rees, Joseph J. Sabia
Benjamin Hansen, University of Oregon, IZA and NBER
Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado Denver and IZA
Joseph J. Sabia, University of New Hampshire and IZA

American Journal of Health Economics 3(1): 60–75, 2017

Since the late 1990s, the youth smoking participation rate has fallen dramatically, and is now at record-low levels.  According to Youth Risky Behavior Survey (YRBS) data, 36 percent of high school students reported smoking in the previous month in 1997.  By 2015, only 11 percent of high school students reported smoking in the previous month. 

Over the same period, cigarette taxes increased substantially.  In 1997, the combined state and federal tax was, on average, $0.62 per pack.  By 2014, this figure had gone up to $2.56, and taxes made up almost 44% of the total price of a pack of cigarettes1.

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Apr 17 17

Directions in the Economics of Smoking

by sinan
Philip DeCicca, Donald Kenkel, Michael Lovenheim and Erik Nesson
Philip DeCicca, Ball State University
Donald Kenkel, Cornell University
Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University
Erik Nesson, Ball State University

Smoking prevention has been a key component of health policy in the United States since the Surgeon General’s report roughly half of a century ago. Public policies intended to reduce the harm from smoking include cigarette taxation, place-specific smoking bans, and anti-smoking informational campaigns. Despite recent policy intensity, academic research is mixed regarding whether, and to what extent, the observed reductions in smoking over time are due to policies or are part of more general trends. The publication of the Hansen, Sabia and Rees (2017) article by the American Journal of Health Economics (AJHE) provides impetus to review, albeit very briefly, important directions in research on the economics of smoking.

We focus on the period since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the tobacco industry and state attorneys general. Chaloupka and Warner (2000) provide a comprehensive review of the older research literature, which mainly used aggregate time series data or data from single cross sections to estimate models of cigarette demand. The more recent research exploits the greater availability of detailed micro data on smoking behavior, such as the Tobacco Use Supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel, and the Behavioral Risk Factor and Surveillance System (BRFSS). Recent research also exploits the extensive policy variation that has occurred since 1998. As a result, studies after 2000 tend to use stronger research designs, most notably difference-in-difference approaches surrounding state policy changes, to estimate the causal effects of public policies on smoking. The recent studies also use the detailed micro data that allow more detailed analyses of cross-group heterogeneity and tax avoidance behavior.

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Apr 14 17

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of San Francisco School of Pharmacy

by charmaine

The UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, is seeking two full-time faculty members at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. The Department is seeking candidates with expertise in pharmacoeconomics and/or health outcomes research to work in the Department’s Medication Outcomes Center. The UCSF School of Pharmacy has been the national leader in NIH research funding for 36 years, and is widely recognized for innovation in pharmacy practice and education.

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