Friday, November 27, 2015

Asch out at Penn's $126M/yr Davis medical finance institute

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Asch out at Penn's $126M/yr Davis medical finance institute


David Asch has told colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, which raised $126 million for medical management and finance research by its "senior fellow" scholars this year, that he's leaving after 14 years as exectuive director.

As Asch noted in his farewell, the institute has been tracking medical management and policy since 1967, just after the birth of Medicare and Medicaid.

He praised colleagues Katrina Armstrong, who set up the data center now headed by Peter Groeneveld, Penn Health Economics Workshop founder and insurance exchange scholar Dan Polsky, executive ed heads Kathy Pearson and Rosemary Bloser (who "connect... our scholarshiop with those who actually run things," "policy dissemination" boss Janet Weiner, behavioral economist Kevin Volpp, health economist Hoag Levins, and policy-watcher David Grande, among others.

No replacement yet. A search committee including the institute's board is on the hunt. Meanwhile Asch "will be taking a new position leading the Center for Innovation at Penn Medicine and I am excited about that."

Leonard Davis Institute  
MS degree in Health Policy Research  
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