Call for Abstracts

9th Annual Conference of the American Society of Health Economists

June 7 - 10, 2020
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
St. Louis, MO

The American Society of Health Economists will hold their 9th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel June 7 - 10, 2020.

The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the U.S. Health economics has emerged as a distinct and successful field in economics. ASHEcon is a large community of researchers bringing theoretical and empirical insights based on the discipline of economics to policy-relevant issues in health care costs, outcomes, health behavior and health care delivery. Since its first conference, hosted at the University of Wisconsin in 2006, ASHEcon's meeting has quickly become the premier health economics conference in the U.S., providing a forum for presenting emerging ideas, empirical results, and methodological advances in health economics research and for facilitating the development of the next generation of health economics scholars.

Submissions

Submitted abstracts must be relevant to the field of health economics and demonstrate rigorous theoretical and empirical research methodologies.

We invite individuals to submit proposals for consideration by the scientific review committee. We are soliciting the following:

  • Individual abstracts to be integrated into sessions,
  • Organized sessions made up of 3 abstracts,
  • Policy Roundtables,
  • Spotlight Sessions, and
  • new this year, ASHEcon is also seeking submissions for Emerging Scholar Sessions.

ASHEcon is creating a new program area for the annual meeting to focus on outstanding research being done by PhD students. This program area is called Emerging Scholars. Emerging Scholar submissions are open only to PhD students. All abstracts must be 500 words or less. Submitters will be asked to categorize their abstract into one of the (other) 15 Program Areas. Sessions will, if possible, be organized around a common topic area. In order to focus attention on this research there will be one time slot of concurrent sessions devoted only to the Emerging Scholars sessions. Discussants will be senior scholars expert in the area of research of the student's paper. Moderators will be eminent senior scholars.

Instructions

Before You Submit

Please verify your membership status here before you submit your application. Named presenters for each abstract must be current ASHEcon members or the session/abstract proposal cannot be completed. If all presenter(s) are active ASHEcon members, they will be able to fully submit their proposal. If not, the presenter(s) will need to join ASHEcon, renew their membership, or pay a $100 submission fee. If you pay your membership by check, you won't be able to submit your submission free of charge until your check is received. Membership is not required nor is there a fee to submit a Policy Roundtable or Spotlight Session.

Authors will receive immediate confirmation of abstract submission, thus obtaining a link that will allow them to log back into their abstracts, should changes need to be made. The submission process will be divided into several steps to make it easy for the submitter and to encourage the submission of all required information. Submitters who are interrupted before completing all steps can log back in and resume where they left off. Abstracts can be completed and repeatedly modified at any time up until the submission deadline.

Individual Abstracts

All individual abstracts must be 500 words or less. Submitters will be asked to categorize their abstract into one of the 15 Program Areas. Individually submitted abstracts will be paired with discussants that can offer constructive suggestions on the abstract, thus we encourage submitters to include a suggestion for discussant (either pre-arranged with the individual or not). We will do our best to make that happen, but recognize that it might not be possible, in which case we'll do our best to identify someone else.

Individual abstracts not selected by the scientific review committee for inclusion in a session will be considered for inclusion in the poster session if requested by the author during the submission process.

If you are interested in submitting a session but need additional abstracts to complete your session, we invite you to review the Single Abstract Listing which will be updated weekly as submissions are received. This listing includes the program area and abstracts for each single abstract submitted for inclusion in the 2020 ASHEcon Conference. If you find an abstract (or abstracts) in the listing that you would like to use to create or fill out a panel, we encourage you to reach out to the author (contact information is in the document) and see if they would like to be part of the panel. If they would like to be part of the panel, they would need to withdraw their single abstract submission (they can do this by logging into the abstract system via the link in the confirmation email received when the abstract was submitted) and resubmit the abstract as part of the new panel. Fully submitted organized session submissions have an average acceptance rate of 80% compared to 40% for single abstract submissions.

Organized Sessions

Organized sessions must have exactly one chair, three abstracts with one presenting author and one discussant per abstract, plus any co-authors. We encourage you to create sessions composed of presenting authors and discussants from different backgrounds. Submitters will be asked to categorize their session into one of the 15 Program Areas. An abstract of 500 words or less is required for each abstract in the session. Co-presenters can either complete their own abstract submission or allow the organizer to do so. Please note that abstracts within organized sessions may be rejected, accepted as a poster (if indicated that the presenting author was willing to accept a poster assignment), or transferred to another session. All transferred or rejected abstracts will be replaced with a different abstract.

Emerging Scholars

Emerging Scholar submissions are open only to PhD students. All abstracts must be 500 words or less. Submitters will be asked to categorize their abstract into one of the (other) 15 Program Areas. Sessions will, if possible, be organized around a common topic area. In order to focus attention on this research there will be one time slot of concurrent sessions devoted only to the Emerging Scholars sessions. Discussants will be senior scholars expert in the area of research of the student's paper. Moderators will be eminent senior scholars.

Policy Roundtables

Roundtable submissions should include one moderator and at least two presenters. Submitters will be asked to categorize their roundtable into one of the 15 Program Areas. Submissions for policy roundtables must be 500 words or less. Submitters will be asked to explain their proposed roundtable and provide details about what they anticipate attendees will take away from the session. Roundtables are not abstract dependent. Examples of potential titles include: The Future of Prescription Drug Reimbursement and Assessing and Accelerating State Implementation of Value-Based Payment Reforms. All participants must register for the conference.

Spotlight Sessions

Spotlight sessions must include one moderator and any number of presenters. Submissions for spotlight sessions must be 500 words or less. Submitters will be asked to explain their proposed session and provide details about what they anticipate attendees will take away from the session. The sessions are not abstract dependent. Examples of potential titles include: Career Opportunities for Health Economists in Government and Public Service and Translating Research into Policy: How Claims Data Can Help Shape Public Policy on Healthcare and Assess Its Impact. All participants must register for the conference.

Begin a submission to the following:


INDIVIDUAL ABSTRACTS
Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, December 2, 2019.


ORGANIZED SESSIONS
Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, December 2, 2019.


POLICY ROUNDTABLES
Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, December 2, 2019.


SPOTLIGHT SESSIONS
Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, December 2, 2019.


EMERGING SCHOLARS
Deadline for New Submissions: Monday, December 2, 2019.

*** The deadline for all submissions is Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM EST. All submitters must be a current member of ASHEcon or pay a $100 fee to submit an abstract. You can verify your membership status or join ASHEcon here. There is no fee to submit a Policy Roundtable or Spotlight Session. All submitters will receive an acceptance or rejection notice in early February 2019. ***

Submission Steps:

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

    There are four steps to the abstract submission process.

    • Title - Enter the title of the proposal (single paper or organized session) and submitting author's email address.
    • Authors & Institutions - Enter contact information for submitting, presenting, and all other authors.
    • Abstract Text - Insert the body of the abstract here. Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.
    • Confirmation - Please review all information carefully and complete the submission.
  2. TITLE

    Please provide paper and session titles that are no more than 15 words long.

  3. AUTHORS & INSTITUTIONS

    Please list all authors in the order you wish for them to appear in the program. Please note that all presenters must be a member of ASHEcon in order to submit an abstract. If you are not listed as a member in our system, you'll be directed to join ASHEcon, renew your membership, or pay a $100 submission fee.

    Please include the submitting author, as anyone not listed in your submission will not appear in the program.

    Please include complete contact information for each author.

    When listing institutions, list ONLY the parent institution.

    Example: University of California-Berkeley (NOT Goldman School of Public Policy)

    Example: US Department of Education (NOT Office of Inspector General)

  4. ABSTRACT TEXT

    Abstracts are limited to 500 words. This system will accept symbols. You do not need to include bibliographic or reference information with your abstract.

    Abstracts may be formatted as you see fit. ASHEcon does not require that abstracts be submitted with specific font, paragraph, or layout requirements as long as it is easy for reviewers to read and is 500 words or less in length.

    Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.

  5. CONFIRMATION

    You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure it is complete.

  6. TECHNICAL SUPPORT

    For help in submitting an abstract online, email Technical Support.

Call for Reviewers

The American Society of Health Economists is seeking ASHEcon members to join the Scientific Review Committee in the peer review of abstracts submitted for consideration for the 2020 ASHEcon Conference at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Reviewers are essential to efficiently evaluate proposals and to ensure the quality session offerings to conference attendees. Review will take place from Monday, December 9th, 2019 - Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.
Click here for the Call for Reviewers.