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Ask Dr. Parker: Why Is the Opioid Epidemic Different?

June 7, 2018

“Why is the opioid epidemic different from other epidemics, and why is it so difficult for us to deal with?” Sixty thousand Americans died during the entire Viet Nam war.  In 2016 alone, 64,000 Americans died from overdoses.  Since 2000,

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Ask Dr. Parker: Tackling Social Determinants of Health in Oregon

May 17, 2018

“Social determinants of health and behavioral health can have a huge impact on health outcomes but are notoriously challenging to address.  Is anyone really trying to tackle these issues on a systemic level?” Oregon is a great example of government

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Ask Dr. Parker: Measuring Quality Measures

March 29, 2018

“Are quality measures getting more and more complicated?  Do you think this complexity is helping us improve care?” If you work in health care, you probably have some familiarity with quality measures.  These days almost every contract between providers, hospitals

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Ask Dr. Parker: Getting the Most from HIMSS18

March 1, 2018

How do I to prepare to get the most out of HIMSS18? Whether this is your first HIMSS experience or you are a veteran, it pays to do some advance planning regarding your expectations and goals.  Unquestionably, HIMSS is the

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Ask Dr. Parker: ACO End of Life Challenges

February 1, 2018

“As patients near the end of life, an ACO will want to make sure that they receive the appropriate treatments to be comfortable, maintain a good quality of life and have their preferences about dying honored.  Is there any way

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Ask Dr. Parker: The New Tax Law

January 18, 2018

“How will the new tax law affect healthcare?” One could argue that the colossal flywheel of a more than three trillion-dollar healthcare economy is so big that no law or laws can substantively affect it.  Gobbling up 18% of the

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Ask Dr. Parker: New Year’s Resolutions for the ACO

January 4, 2018

“The 2018 measurement year has just begun, and patient risk factors all need to be redocumented.   How can I get my physicians and my ACO to do this effectively?” One New Year’s resolution likely shared by all ACOs is bringing

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Ask Dr. Parker: New Hypertension Guidelines

December 21, 2017

“Blood pressure targets were recently changed – how will this impact my ACO?” Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is one of the most prevalent and dangerous medical conditions.  Dubbed “the silent killer”, hypertension beats up the walls of