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Asplin, Brent

Institution: HealthPartners Research Foundation, Minneapolis
Grant Title: Emergency Department Crowding: Causes and Consequences
Grant Number:  K08 HS13007
Duration: 5 years (2002-2007)
Total Award: $616,950

Project Description: The goal of this project was to examine three types of factors that contribute to emergency room crowding: input, throughput, and output factors. Project Change will determine if an Advanced Access (AA) appointment system is associated with reduced Emergency Department (ED) utilization rates. The ED Crowding Project will develop feasible and reproducible measures of ED crowding. The ED Access Project was a national survey of ambulatory clinics that estimated the availability and timing of outpatient appointments for medical and surgical conditions requiring urgent ED follow-up care according to insurance status.

Career Goals: Dr. Asplin is the Chair in the Emergency Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic. He received his MD from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and did his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He later earned his MPH in Health Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health during a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars appointment. Dr. Asplin also had an appointment as a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Max Baucus, The United States Senate.

Progress to Date: Dr. Asplin was promoted to Department Head of Emergency Medicine in 2003 and has continued to focus on translating his research agenda into practice through operational changes in the ED.  He launched an operations improvement agenda entitled the BEST ED project [Building Efficiency, Satisfaction, and Teamwork]. He gives lectures on ED crowding throughout the U.S. and Canada and continues to serve on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System. Two manuscripts based on research findings are under review and five have been published. 

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Served as Primary Investigator on AHRQ Integrated Delivery System Research Network (IDSRN) Task Order (Developing Data to Monitor and Reduce Emergency Department (ED) Overcrowding).
  • Served on expert panel on ED crowding for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
  • Appointed to the National Advisory Committee for Urgent Matters, a national program to study and reduce ED crowding by the RWJ Foundation.
  • Appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States.
  • Named to America's Health Insurance Plans 2005-2006 Executive Leadership Program for Medical Directors (ELP-MD).

K-Generated Publications:

Asplin BR, Magid DJ, Rhodes KV, Solberg LI, Lurie N, Camargo CA. A conceptual model of emergency department crowding. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2004. 42:173-80.

Asplin, BR. Show me the money! Managing access, outcomes, and cost in high-risk populations. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2004. 43(2):174-7.

Kennedy J., Rhodes K., Walls CA., Asplin BR. Access to emergency care: Restricted by long waiting times and cost and coverage concerns. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2004. 43(5):567-73.

Magid DJ, Asplin BR, Wears RL. The quality gap: Searching for the consequences of emergency department crowding. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2004. 44(6):586-88.

Solberg LI, Maciosek MV, Sperl-Hillen JM, Crain AL, Engebretson KI, Asplin BR,  O'Connor PJ. Does improved access to care affect utilization and costs for patients with chronic conditions? American Journal of Managed Care 2004. 10(10):717-22.

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