Optimizing Health and Health Care is focus of ASHEcon Conference

The nation's top health economists will gather at the University of Minnesota in June for the 4th Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon). Hosted by the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the Carlson School June 10-13, the title of this year's event, is "Optimizing Health and Health Care."

Among the highlights at ASHEcon will be its plenary speakers. University of Pennsylvania's Mark Pauly will present "Wussinomics: the State of Competitive Efficiency in Private Health Insurance Markets" on the opening day. On June 12, the Carlson School's Professor Stephen Parente and MIT's Jonathan Gruber will participate in a moderated discussion titled "Scoring Health Reform: Using Economics to Gauge the Cost and Impact of the Affordable Care Act."

Nearly 800 people attended the 3rd Biennial Conference held in 2010 at Cornell University where the number of oral and poster papers presented topped 600.

Early registration for ASHEcon ends April 2.