2021 Sponsor Spotlights

Sponsor Spotlight: Ascension

About Us

Organization Description
Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2020, Ascension provided $2.4 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes more than 160,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 145 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
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As a Catholic health ministry, Ascension has a unique obligation and calling – reflected in our mission statement – to advocate for a more just and compassionate society in words and actions. We share in the call to accountability and advocacy against systemic racism and injustice. All of us share in the responsibility for using our time and talents to work toward eradicating discrimination. We have recommitted to bring about the just and compassionate society that is so central to our historic mission. We recognize that fostering a more inclusive culture and advocating for social justice can help to provide more equitable employment opportunities for all while also helping to remedy the healthcare disparities that have been perpetuated by racism and systemic injustice.

As part of a sustainable and systemwide commitment to listen, pray, learn and act to help address racism and systemic injustice, Ascension has launched a new justice-focused framework called ABIDE, which is built upon the hallmarks of Appreciation – Belongingness – Inclusivity – Diversity – Equity. The hallmarks of the ABIDE framework are demonstrations of Ascension’s historic mission, values, and commitment to social justice, compassionate action and advocacy for all, especially the most vulnerable.

Sponsor Spotlight: University of Chicago Press

About Us

Organization Description
Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago Press is one of the oldest continuously operating university presses in the United States. From its inception, a primary goal of the Press has been to publish academic findings and analyses from scholars the world over.

Journals publishing was integral to the founding of the Press: the Journal of Political Economy, its first scholarly publication, has been published here continuously for over 120 years. In this time, the University of Chicago Press has proudly fostered partnerships with numerous journals, several of which were the first of their kind in their respective fields: the American Journal of Sociology, founded in 1895, is the oldest journal devoted to sociology; Social Service Review was founded in 1927, just as the field of social work was being established; and the History of Religions, founded in 1961, was the first journal devoted exclusively to comparative religious history.

The University of Chicago Press publishes more than 80 scholarly journals that cover a wide range of disciplines, from the humanities and the social sciences to the life and physical sciences. In addition to working with departments and faculty of the University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Press publishes influential scholarly journals on behalf of learned and professional societies and associations, foundations, museums, and other not-for-profit organizations. All are peer-reviewed publications, with readerships that include scholars, scientists, and practitioners, as well as other interested, educated individuals.

With its roots firmly in the academy, the University of Chicago Press Journals Division continues to recognize the importance of the dissemination of significant research. By expanding our reach to connect with intellectually engaged audiences across a variety of platforms and throughout academia and beyond, we look to lead the way into the future of scholarly publishing.

The University of Chicago Press is uniquely situated as a scholarly journals publisher. As the largest university press in North America and with more than 120 years in the publishing industry, we have the resources and experience to effectively support every partnership scenario. At the same time, we have been—and continue to be—a not-for-profit venture that is a part of an esteemed research university. Our primary goals as a publisher are to foster close relationships with our partners and to provide unparalleled service, support the aims and successes of our journals, and continue the long-standing tradition of the university-press model.

Is there something unique or interesting about your company that most ASHEcon members not know about hat you would like them to share?

ASHEcon membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of AJHE in full text, PDF, and current e-Book editions. To access your ASHEcon member subscription to AJHE:

1. Log in to the ASHEcon website using your member credentials
2. Click “American Journal of Health Economics Online Access” in the grey bar above the “Welcome to ASHEcon!” message (below the red box)

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Visit journals.uchicago.edu/ashecon for a selection of free articles from our economics titles, and a 20% discount on select subscriptions.

Sponsor Spotlight: Center for Health and Biosciences, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

About Us

Organization Description
The Center for Health and Biosciences (CHB) employs comprehensive research analysis to develop health policy recommendations that promote health and well-being in the United States and globally. Combining researchers from Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, the CHB offers a unique setting for medical and policy professionals to address four major research themes: U.S. health care, global health, public health and the future of medicine. Within these areas, research questions capitalize on specific areas of expertise among our fellows and scholars, including health economics, maternal and child health, biomedical research policy, and the control of neglected infectious diseases.
What are some of your latest research projects?
The CHB’s economic analyses take a collaborative approach to identifying strategies that lower healthcare costs while delivering high quality care. Just prior to the pandemic, we partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to characterize the recent growth of freestanding emergency departments (FrEDs). We found that these facilities charge prices comparable to hospital emergency departments despite treating cases commonly found in lower cost urgent care centers. We also partnered with BCBSTX in a study finding that vertical integration of hospitals and physician groups in Texas has led to higher annual spending per insuree. Currently we are working with the Health Care Service Corporation to track the costs of trauma care in Texas. We are also working with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to track upcoding of emergency care claims in multiple states. Together with the Houston Business Coalition on Health and the National Academy for State Health Policy, we are working to improve the accessibility of the NASHP Hospital Cost Tool, so that employers have greater insights into provider profitability when negotiating rates and networks for employees’ healthcare.
Any programs or initiatives you want to highlight?
The Center for Health and Biosciences features programs in Domestic Health Policy Analysis, including Health Economics; Child Health Policy; Global Health; and Biomedical Research, including stem cell and vaccine research projects. To promote diversity, the CHB partners with Houston’s nonprofit EMERGE program to train and mentor college students from underserved communities, so that they can be exposed to research in health policy.
Is there something unique or interesting about your company that most ASHEcon members not know about hat you would like them to share?
Like all Centers at the Baker Institute, the CHB prioritizes educating the public on the policy implications of its research. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, our fellows regularly conduct interviews with the media. We engage with local, state, and federal policy makers through interactions ranging from informal feedback to formal testimony. Our conferences and events featuring nationally recognized guest speakers can be found on Youtube.
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Please email us at bakerchb@rice.edu if you would like to join our email distribution list for research updates and future events.