Short Course Program

**Short courses are presented in Spanish unless otherwise indicated.**
**Note: Short courses must be selected when registering for the Conference. For Conference & short course registration and fees click here.**

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2013 - ALL DAY COURSES: 8:00 – 17:00
8:00 – 17:00
Room:
Buen Ayre A (2nd Floor)
Introduction to Health Economics for Decision Makers
(Presented in Spanish)
Track: Economic Methods
Level: Introductory. This course is suitable for those with little or no experience with pharmacoeconomics.
Faculty:
Diego Rosselli, MD, MEd, MHP Diego Rosselli, MD, MEd, MHP, Associate Professor of Health Economics, Javeriana Papal University, Bogotá, Colombia Andrés Pichon-Riviere, MD, MSc, PhD Andrés Pichon-Riviere, MD, MSc, PhD, Executive Director & Director of Health Technology Assessment & Economic Evaluations Department, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Vice-Chair, International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA), Member of the Board of Directors, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), and Public Health Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Description: This course is designed to teach clinicians and new researchers how to incorporate pharmacoeconomics/health economics into study design and data analysis. Participants will learn how to collect and calculate the costs of different health care or health care economic evaluation alternative treatments, determine the economic impact of clinical outcomes, and how to identify, track and assign costs to different types of health care resources used. The development of economic protocols and data collection sheets will be discussed. Different health economics models and techniques will be using as well as case studies. These include: cost-minimization, cost-of-illness, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit and cost-utility analysis. Decision analysis, sensitivity analysis and discounting will also be demonstrated and practiced. Participants will learn to compare and evaluate interventions such as drugs, devices and clinical services.

8:00 – 17:00
Room: Pacara A (5th Floor)
INTRODUCTION TO MODELING
(Presented in Spanish)
Track: Modeling Methods
Level: Introductory. This introductory course requires a basic familiarity with decision analysis.
Faculty:
Federico Augustovski, MD, MSc, PhD Federico Augustovski, MD, MSc, PhD, Director, Economic Evaluations and HTA Department, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Professor of Public Health, University of Buenos Aires, Staff Physician, Family and Community Medicine Division, Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina J. Jaime Caro, MDCM, FRCPC, FACP

J. Jaime Caro, MDCM, FRCPC, FACP, Senior Vice President, Research, Evidera, Lexington, MA, USA and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal PQ, Canada

Andrés Pichon-Riviere, MD, MSc, PhD

Andrés Pichon-Riviere, MD, MSc, PhD, Executive Director & Director of Health Technology Assessment & Economic Evaluations Department, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Vice-Chair, International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA), Member of the Board of Directors, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), and Public Health Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sebastián García Martí, MD, MSc

Sebastián García Martí, MD, MSc, EE and HTA Coordinator, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Course Description:

This course includes a review of Markov models, discrete event models, and other modeling techniques and their appropriate applications, and will review the seven ISPOR Good Research Papers in Modeling Methods published in 2012 (http://www.ispor.org/workpaper/Modeling-Good-Research-Practices-Overview.asp). Using a series of related examples, the course will carefully review the practical steps involved in developing and using these kinds of models. Instructors will cover the practical steps involved in the selection and modeling of data inputs and practical aspects related to the determination of when, why and how to handle stochastic (i.e., first order Monte Carlo Simulations) and probabilistic uncertainty (i.e., second order Monte Carlo Simulations).

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2013 - MORNING COURSES: 8:00 – 12:00
8:00 – 12:00
Room: Buen Ayre B (2nd Floor)
EXTRACTING COST DATA FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSIS IN LATIN AMERICA
(Presented in Spanish)
Track: Economic Methods
Level: Intermediate.
Faculty:
Nelson Alvis Guzmán, MD, MPH, PhD

Nelson Alvis Guzmán, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor & Director, Health Economics Research Group (GIES), School of Economic Sciences, University of Cartagena, and Director, Center for Research and Teaching (CID), Napoleón Franco Pareja Children’s Hospital, Cartagena, Colombia

Heidy Alexandra Cáceres R., MD, MSc Heidy Alexandra Cáceres R., MD, MSc, Market Access Manager, Biopas Laboratories, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Course Description: This course will focus on practical aspects of cost development for pharmacoeconomic studies. The objective is to help the participant bridge the gap between understanding pharmacoeconomic theory and the practice of developing cost estimates. Factors to consider when costing pharmacoeconomic analyses, such as perspective, data sources, data classification systems, developing resource use profiles, obtaining unit costs, and making cost adjustments will be presented. Examples of issues encountered when identifying and extracting cost data will be discussed.
8:00 – 12:00
Room: Buen Ayre C (2nd Floor)
APPLIED MODELING
(Portions presented in Spanish, Portuguese, and English with simultaneous interpretation provided.)
Track: Modeling Methods
Prerequisite: This course is suitable for those who are familiar with modeling methods and/or those who have previously taken the ISPOR Short Course, “Introduction to Modeling”.
Level: Advanced.
Faculty:
Manuel Antonio Espinoza, MD, MSc, PhD

Manuel Antonio Espinoza, MD, MSc, PhD, Health Economist, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and Scientific Advisor, Department of Scientific Affairs, Institute of Public Health of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Mark Sculpher, PhD, MSc Mark Sculpher, PhD, MSc, Professor of Health Economics, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, Heslington York, UK
Andrew Briggs, DPhil, MSc Andrew Briggs, DPhil, MSc, William R Lindsay Chair of Health Economics, Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK Pedro Saramago, MSc

Pedro Saramago, PhD, MSc, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

Course Description: This course is a hands-on introduction to the use of software in the creation and analysis of cost-effectiveness decision models. The basics of cost-effectiveness decision making, building and analyzing a simple decision tree will be discussed. Markov modeling and Monte Carlo simulation will be introduced. All participants must bring a Windows laptop computer with Microsoft Excel® 2007 installed and running. You will be provided download and installation instructions when you pre-register for the course. All participants will receive a CD-ROM at the training.
THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2013 - AFTERNOON COURSES: 13:00 – 17:00
13:00 – 17:00
Room: Buen Ayre B (2nd Floor)
HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE / UTILITY MEASURES
(Presented in Spanish)
Track: Patient-Reported Outcomes / Preference-Based Methods
Level: Introductory/Intermediate. This course is for those with some experience with quality-of-life measures in health economic evaluation.
Faculty:
Rafael Alfonso, MD, MSc, PhD

Rafael Alfonso, MD, MSc, PhD, Scientific Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Center & Comparative Effectiveness Translation Network; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Hermilo Arturo Cabra

Hermilo Arturo Cabra, MSc, Sr. Market Access Manager (Global), Global Strategic Marketing, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, USA

Course Description: Conceptual, methodological, and practical methods for measuring quality of life, health status and other types of health outcomes will be presented. Utility measurement, a method of determining an individual’s preference for a certain outcome represented by a quantitative score (utility), will also be reviewed. Methods for measuring preference-based outcomes like the standard gamble, time trade-off, and visual analogue scale will be demonstrated. Additionally, utility-based instruments such as the EQ-5D, HUI, QWQ and SF-36 will be briefly discussed. Utility measurement however is not only about mastering these techniques; it is about using them in such a way that health care decision-makers can apply the results, for instance in cost per QALY-analyses. For this purpose, one needs to be aware of shortcomings of the available utility measures and potential solutions. Furthermore one should be aware of the decision-making context and the way results are interpreted. To equip participants with expertise in the field of utility measurement, the most important issues will be discussed, such as potential insensitivity of generic instruments for particular disease specific problems, and to what extent adaptation of generic or disease-specific quality of life instruments may offer a solution. Also the issue of “whose values count: patient values or values from the general public?” will be discussed. Finally we turn to the interpretation in the context of resource allocation.

13:00 – 17:00
Room: Buen Ayre C (2nd Floor)
BUDGET IMPACT ANALYSIS
(Presented in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish and Portuguese.)
Track: Economic Methods
Level: Intermediate This course is designed for those with some experience with pharmacoeconomic analysis.
Faculty:
C. Daniel Mullins C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD, USA
Course Description: This course will describe methods to determine the costs associated with a health condition and the budget impact of new technologies for that condition. The course will present incidence- and prevalence-based costing strategies. Treatment algorithms and event-based approaches will be demonstrated for disease-specific costs from different decision-maker perspectives. Both static and dynamic methods for estimating the budget impact of adding a new drug to a health plan formulary will be presented. Issues related to imputing missing data will also be discussed.

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