ASHEcon Conference Day Two: Photo Page

ASHEcon Conference Day Two: Photo Page

Attendees Spread Out Across a Sun-Dappled Campus for Presentations and Networking
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PHILADELPHIA (June 13, 2016) -- A mild temperature, bright sun and gentle breezes made day two of the Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) a spectacularly comfortable one on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Above, attendees take their box lunches on a picnic beneath the trees on one of Penn's many plazas. ALSO: See Day One, Day Three and Poster Gallery Photo pages.

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A tented reception and registration facility greeted the nearly 1,000 attendees in the plaza outside Penn's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
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Monday's noon plenary was opened by new ASHEcon President Jonathan Gruber (above, left) of MIT who introduced outgoing President, Mark Pauly of Penn's Wharton School (above, right). Pauly discussed his half century of research in health economics and addressed the question of whether lower income people should be allowed to purchase insurance with high cost sharing.
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Throughout the day across the Penn campus, as many as 15 concurrent presentation sessions kept five of the campus' largest buildings packed with people. Above, left, is an eight-floor session in Wharton's Huntsman Hall. Above, right, Wharton Health Care Management Assistant Professor Ashley Swanson presented her latest research on the role of uncertainty in physician decision making.
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In a Huntsman Hall amphitheater classroom (above, left), Wharton Professor of Health Care Management Lawton Burns (above, right) discusses the presentation just made by Christopher Ody of Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management on the pricing and spending effects of hospitals' acquisition of physician practices.
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In Fisher-Bennett Hall, Penn Medicine's Kevin Volpp (above, left), who is also Director of LDI's Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), presented on a new study of the use of incentives and camera-equipped weight scales in employer incentive programs. In Huntsman Hall (above, right) Catherine Maclean of Temple details her work on the impact of increasing cost sharing on the utilization of low value medical services.
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In a special student researcher session in Fisher-Bennett Hall, newly-minted PhD and MD candidate Nora Becker (above, left) discusses her study of how Affordable Care Act rules dramatically lowered the cost of contraceptives for women. Above, right, Harvard University post-baccalaureate student and former LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Scholar Sergio Gonzales presents his study about disparities in health insurance coverage among various communities of Latinos.
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Back in Penn's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts a bevy of vendors who helped to fund the conference lined walls decked with colorful posters of upcoming performances.