The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Student Prize is to recognize excellence by students in the field of health economics. The 2019 Prize is being awarded to the student paper by Dr. Monica Aswani, “Differential Impact of Hospital and Community Factors on Medicare Readmission Penalties”. The paper seeks to identify characteristics and sources of regional heterogeneity associated with readmission penalties. Using a hierarchical model it finds if readmission risk adjustment does not include any community level characteristics or geographic controls, the resulting endogeneity bias has the potential to disparately penalize providers. Her paper was selected over 40 other international entries.
Dr. Aswani is a recent DrPH graduate from the department of Health Care Organization & Policy at University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and will be traveling to Basel, Switzerland this summer to present her work in a special student prize organized session.Friday Letter Submission