Michael Parchman, MD, MPH

“I am passionate about understanding how primary care teams can deliver high-quality care, meet patient needs, and create joy in practice.”

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, is a nationally recognized scholar in the application of implementation science to improving primary care. As both a family practitioner and health services researcher, he has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and medical educator.

Dr. Parchman’s research focuses on using complexity science to understand how diverse health care teams can work together to achieve high-quality care. He recently led Healthy Hearts Northwest, a four-year study to build quality improvement (QI) capacity in smaller primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s EvidenceNOW initiative. The project demonstrated that smaller practices can improve the cardiovascular health of their patients and build their QI capacity if provided with external support.

Other projects Dr. Parchman is working on include:

  • Taking Action on Overuse, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded fellowship that is training six clinical champions to “de-implement” unnecessary tests and treatments—doing less low-value care that might harm patients;
  • Six Building Blocks Program for Opioid Management, which aims to improve safe prescribing of chronic opioid medication for patients with chronic non-cancer pain in primary care clinics. Funded by AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington State Department of Health; and
  • The University of Washington (UW) Institute of Translational Health Sciences, which focuses on producing innovative and practical tools and methods that will enable scientists around the region to more effectively translate research discoveries into practice.

Dr. Parchman is an affiliate professor of family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and of health services at the UW School of Public Health.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

Parchman ML, Anderson ML, Dorr DA, Fagnan LJ, O’Meara ES, Tuzzio L, Penfold RB, Cook AJ, Hummel J, Conway C, Cholan R, Baldwin LM. A randomized trial of external practice support to improve cardiovascular risk factors in primary care.  Ann Fam Med. 2019 Aug 12;17(Suppl 1):S40-S49. doi: 10.1370/afm.2407. PubMed

Kaufman A, Dickinson WP, Fagnan LJ, Duffy FD, Parchman ML, Rhyne RL. The role of health extension in practice transformation and community health improvement: lessons from 5 case studies. Ann Fam Med. 2019;17(Suppl 1):S67-S72. doi: 10.1370/afm.2409. PubMed

Parchman ML, Anderson ML, Coleman K, Michaels LA, Schuttner L, Conway C, Hsu C, Fagnan LJ. Assessing quality improvement capacity in primary care practices. BMC Fam Pract. 2019 Jul 25;20(1):103. doi: 10.1186/s12875-019-1000-1. PubMed

Parchman ML, Penfold RB, Ike B, Tauben D, Von Korff M, Stephens M, Stephens KA, Baldwin LM. Team-based clinic redesign of opioid medication management in primary care: effect on opioid prescribing. Ann Fam Med. 2019;17(4):319-325. doi: 10.1370/afm.2390. PubMed

Baldwin LM, Fischer MA, Powell J, Holden E, Tuzzio L, Fagnan LJ, Hummel J, Parchman ML. A virtual educational outreach intervention in primary care based on the principles of academic detailing. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2018 Oct 16. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000224. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Schuttner L, Parchman M. Team-based primary care for the multimorbid patient: matching complexity with complexity. Am J Med. 2018 Oct 6. pii: S0002-9343(18)30953-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.09.029. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Von Korff M, Saunders K, Dublin S, Walker RL, Thakral M, Sherman KJ, Ludman EJ, Hansen RN, Parchman M, Shortreed SM. Impact of chronic opioid therapy risk reduction initiatives on opioid overdose. J Pain. 2018 Sep 3. pii: S1526-5900(18)30494-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.08.003. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Sherman KJ, Walker RL, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Parchman M, Hansen RN, Thakral M, Ludman EJ, Dublin S, Von Korff M. Doctor-patient trust among chronic pain patients on chronic opioid therapy after opioid risk reduction initiatives: a survey. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31(4):578-587. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2018.04.180021. PubMed

Colin NV, Cholan RA, Sachdeva B, Nealy BE, Parchman ML, Dorr DA. Understanding the impact of variations in measurement period reporting for electronic clinical quality measures. eGEMS (Wash DC). 2018 Jul 19;6(1):17. doi: 10.5334/egems.235. PubMed

Noel PH, Wang CP, Finley EP, Espinoza SE, Parchman ML, Bollinger MJ, Hazuda HP. Provider-related linkages between primary care clinics and community-based senior centers associated with diabetes-related outcomes. J Appl Gerontol. 2018 Jun 1:733464818782853. doi: 10.1177/0733464818782853. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

research into action

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Healthy Hearts Northwest helps small clinics improve care

A new study shows how a little supplemental support can result in big gains, especially in managing patients’ blood pressure.

pain management

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Six Building Blocks help small rural clinics to manage opioids better

Led by Dr. Michael Parchman, research team uses new way to support small clinics in reducing opioid use in rural Pacific Northwest.

recent news

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6 Value Champions begin tackling medical overuse in the safety net

A new training and mentorship program supports clinicians in doing less of what harms and more of what helps vulnerable patients.

improving care

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Partnership with rural-health experts aims to improve heart care

Healthy Hearts Northwest is helping patients receive better care for cardiovascular conditions thanks to collaborators like Dr. L.J. Fagnan.