Michael Parchman, MD, MPH

“My goal is to help small practices and safety net clinics use the Chronic Care Model to meet community health needs.”

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH

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


Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, is a nationally recognized scholar in chronic illness care research at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation. A family practitioner and health services researcher, Dr. Parchman previously served as the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Practice-Based Research Network Initiative and senior advisor for primary care.

Dr. Parchman’s research focuses on using complexity science to explore how diverse health care teams can work together to achieve high-quality care. He leads Healthy Hearts Northwest, a three-year project for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that is funded as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s EvidenceNOW initiative. The project aims to help practices improve their patients’ cardiovascular health by expanding their existing quality improvement capacity.

Other projects Dr. Parchman is working on include:

  • Taking Action on Overuse, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project that is engaging primary care teams to ‘de-implement’ needless tests and treatments—doing less overused low-value care that might harm patients.
  • Team-Based Opioid Management, which aims to improve safe prescribing of chronic opioid medication for patients with non-cancer pain in rural primary care clinics across Washington and Idaho. Funding comes from AHRQ.
  • The University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), 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.
  • Implementing Innovations into Practice, a collaboration platform that provides success stories and other practical tips to help primary care practices improve care and patient health. Originally funded by ITHS, the project is now part of Healthy Hearts Northwest.

Research interests and experience

  • Health Services & Economics

    Primary care organization and design; quality of  primary care; implementation science

  • Chronic Illness Management

    Diabetes care; Chronic Care Model implementation

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Cardiovascular risk factors and organization of primary care delivery

  • Complexity Science

    Using a complex adaptive systems approach to improve outcomes and quality in primary care


Recent publications

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


healthy findings blog

Partnership with rural-health expert aims to improve heart care throughout three states

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

Read about it in Healthy Findings.

Medical Overuse

In health care, more isn’t always better. We know what to do less of, but how?

Our ‘Taking Action on Overuse’ framework helps organizations build a culture where care teams take ownership for reducing low value care. But what does that look like?

Read it in Healthy Findings

Latest News

Start making sense: Taking Action on Overuse

MacColl and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation help providers and patients hold hard conversations to curb habits of too much testing and treatment. 

Read about it in News and Events.