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Ask Dr. Parker: Physician Leadership Career Paths

March 7, 2019

“What advice do you have for physicians who aspire to lead value based care organizations? Did you ever wonder how your Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer got her or his job?  Did you ever wonder if they received some

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Ask Dr. Parker: Predictive Analytics in Care Management

December 6, 2018

“My ACO has limited care management resources.  How can I make sure they go toward the right patients?” Those of us who practiced medicine before care management came into being can easily understand why it has become an integral part

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Ask Dr. Parker: Strategies for Controlling Medical Overutilization

November 1, 2018

“What’s the best way to actually address medical overutilization?” In a recent article, I explained why medical overutilization is such an important issue for accountable care organizations, and identified key focus areas for healthcare systems that want to tackle this

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Ask Dr. Parker: ACOs and Proposed MSSP Changes

October 19, 2018

“CMS recently proposed major changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) that would impact ACOs around the country starting in 2019.  With the comment period closing this week (October 16, 2018), what are ACOs thinking about and doing to

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Ask Dr. Parker: Medical System Overutilization

September 27, 2018

“Why is medical overutilization such an important issue, and where should an ACO look for opportunities to address it?” I started noticing overutilization when I was a medical resident between 1985 and 1988.  Patients in the hospital got the same

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Ask Dr. Parker: Why Does “Pod Size” Matter?

September 13, 2018

“Why does “pod size” matter?” You may have heard the term “pod” used to describe the group of patients and providers for whom a physician leader is responsible.  Ever wonder how many patients need to be in that “pod” for

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Ask Dr. Parker: Medicaid Expansion

August 23, 2018

“Why is Medicaid expansion such a hot topic in state politics?” Before I get into the details of Medicaid expansion, let me set the stage with some foundational facts.  During the Johnson Administration in 1965, Congress passed legislation to establish

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Ask Dr. Parker: Following Up on the Opioid Epidemic

August 9, 2018

In my recent column on the opioid epidemic, I cited some of the factors contributing to our current crisis, and some of the solutions that have been tried both in the US and abroad.  This article generated a larger than

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Ask Dr. Parker: Community Policing for Better Health

July 26, 2018

“Forming community partnerships is an important activity for healthcare systems trying to address social determinants of health – are there any particularly interesting examples you’ve seen?” Forward-looking accountable care organizations (ACOs) understand that success writ large includes integrating behavioral health