Dr. Rich Parker is founder and managing director of Parker Healthcare Innovations, LLC. Prior to establishing his consultancy in March 2015, he was a practicing internist from 1988-2012; an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2000; and from 2000 to 2015, he served as medical director and then chief medical officer (CMO) of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), the organization that represents 2,200 physicians affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In that capacity, he oversaw the physician network evolution from the fee-for-service payment system into a $1.3 billion global payment Accountable Care Organization (ACO). One of the original Pioneer ACOs created and approved in 2012 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), BIDCO was ranked first in the Boston market and third nationally for financial performance in 2013.

During his career, he has chaired or served on over 20 internal and external committees focused on physician performance, quality of care and utilization review, risk management, and health information technology. From 1990-95, he served as the chief of medical services at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston.

He has served as a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association and has co-authored or edited many journal articles and abstracts and provided commentary on the issues of the day facing healthcare systems and clinicians. In addition, he frequently presents at local, regional and national professional meetings. (Details follow.)

As a practicing internist for nearly 30 years, he was recognized by Boston magazine as one of Boston's best internal medicine doctors and is a 2010 and 2012 recipient of the BIDMC Schwartz Center's Compassionate Caregiver Award. Dr. Parker's clinical and healthcare management interests include stress, end-of-life care, medical malpractice, care of the mentally-ill, electronic medical records, and disease management.

Dr. Parker graduated from Harvard College in 1978 and the Dartmouth-Brown program in medicine in 1985. Dr. Parker has several extracurricular interests including classical and jazz violin, yoga, fitness and ballroom dancing. He is deeply connected with the Farm and Wilderness Camps in Plymouth, VT. Dr. Parker is married with four children.

Original Articles

  1. Malanoski GJ, Parker R, Eliopoulos GE. Antimicrobial susceptibilities of a Corynebacterium CDC Group II Strain Isolated from a Patient with Endocarditis. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 1992; 36:1329-1331
  2. Parker R. The Rebirth of Isabelle. Annals of Internal Medicine. 133(11): 916-919, December 5, 2000.
  3. Parker, R. "An Architect in Life, He Planned His Death." The Boston Globe, Op-Ed page, May 12, 2001.
  4. Parker, R. Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Reflections after 12 Years of Practice. Annals of Internal Medicine. 136(1): January 2, 2002

Edited Articles

  1. Barry MJ. “A 73-Year-Old Man with Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia,” JAMA 278(24):2178-2184, December 24/31, 1997.
  2. Peppercorn MA. “A 66-Year-Old Women with Ulcerative Colitis,” JAMA 279(12)949-953. March 25, 1998.
  3. Goldman L. “A 75-Year-Old Man with an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Emphysema,” JAMA 280(4):366-372. July 22/29, 1998.
  4. Biederman J. “A 55-Year-Old Man with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” JAMA 280(12):1086-1092. September 23/30, 1998.
  5. Drachman DA. “A 69-Year-Old Man with Chronic Dizziness,” JAMA 280(24):2111-2118. December 23/30, 1998.
  6. Salzman C. “An 87-Year-Old Woman Taking a Benzodiazepine,” JAMA 281(12): 1121-1125. March 24/31, 1999.
  7. Foley K. “A 44-Year-Old Woman with Severe Pain At The End of Life,” JAMA 281(20):1937-1945. May 26, 1999.
  8. Spiegel D. “A 43-Year-Old Woman Coping with Cancer,” JAMA 282(4):371-378. July 28, 1999.
  9. Goldring SR. “A 55-Year-Old Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis,” JAMA 283(4):524-531. January 26, 2000.
  10. Jacobs D. “A 52-Year-Old Suicidal Man,” JAMA 283(20):2693-2699. May 24/31, 2000.
  11. Burkhart S. “A 26-Year-Old Woman with Shoulder Pain,” JAMA 284(12):1559-1567. September 27, 2000.
  12. Sachs,G. “A 25-Year-Old Woman with Bipolar Disorder,” JAMA 285 (4): 454-462. January 24/31, 2001.
  13. Rapin, I. "An 8-Year-Old Boy with Autism," JAMA 285 (13): 1749-1757. April 4, 2001.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) One-Year Follow-up Letters

  1. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 73-Year-Old Man with Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 280(12):1092. September 23/30, 1998.
  2. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 66-Year-Old Woman with Ulcerative Colitis, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 280(24):2118. December 23/30, 1998.
  3. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 75-Year-Old Woman with an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Emphysema, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 281(8):744. February 24, 1999.
  4. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 55-Year-Old Man with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 281(20): 1945. May 26, 1999.
  5. Amdur RJ. “Prominence of Patients’ Insurance Status in Clinical Crossroads.” [Letter to the Editor] JAMA 280(13): 1137-1138. October 7, 1999. (With reply from Daley, Parker, Hartman, Delbanco)
  6. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 69-Year-Old-Man with Chronic Dizziness, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 282(4): 378. July 28, 1999.
  7. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “An 87-Year-Old Woman Taking a Benzodiazepine, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 282(20): 1960. November 24, 1999.
  8. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 44-Year-Old Woman with Severe Pain at the End of Life, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 282(24):2354. December 22/29, 1999.
  9. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 43-Year-Old Woman Coping With Cancer, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 283(12):1614. March 22/29, 2000.
  10. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 26-Year-Old Woman Seeking an Abortion, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 283 (20):2700. May 24/31, 2000.
  11. Parker RA, Hartman EE. “A 40-Year-Old Woman with a Strong Family History of Breast Cancer, 1 Year Later,” JAMA. 283(24):3243. June 28, 2000.
  12. Carley JW. “A 26-Year-Old Woman with a Second Abortion,” [Letter to the Editor] JAMA 284(10): 1244. September 13, 2000. (With reply from Parker, Hartman).
  13. Parker RA, Hartman EE. A 55-Year-Old Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 284(12):1567. September 27, 2000.
  14. Hartman EE, Parker RA. "A 36-Year-Old Woman with Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Infertility, 1 Year Later," JAMA 284(6):749. August 9, 2000.
  15. Parker RA, Hartman EE. "A 48-Year-Old Man with Recurrent Sinusitis, 1 Year Later,” JAMA 285(4):462. January 24/31, 2001.
  16. Parker RA, Hartman EE. "A 52-Year-Old Suicidal Man, 1 Year Later," JAMA 285(13):1757. April 4, 2001.
  17. Parker RA, Hartman EE. "A 36-Year-Old Woman Who Smokes Cigarettes, 1 Year Later," JAMA 285(20):2636. May 23, 2001.
  18. Parker RA, Hartman EE. "A 26-Year-Old Woman with Shoulder Pain, 1 Year Later," JAMA 285(24):3140. June 27, 2001.
  19. Parker RA, Hartman EE. "A 25-Year-Old Woman with Bipolar Disorder, 1 Year Later," JAMA 286 (20): 2594. November 28, 2001.
  20. Parker RA, Hartman EE. "An 8-Year-Old Boy with Autism, 1 Year Later," JAMA 287 (4): 504. January 23/30, 2002.

Presentations: International, National and Regional

  1. 1995 “Ambulatory Care of the HIV Positive Patient” and “Diagnosis and Treatment of Sarcoidosis,” Argentina National Medical Conference.
  2. 2001 "A Successful Faculty Clinical Incentive Program in a Hospital-Based, Primary Care Teaching Practice," J. Heffernan, S. O'Neill, K. Brown, R. Parker, M. Aronson, R. Phillips and T. Delbanco; Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Conference; San Diego, CA.
  3. 2006 “Value of Pay for Performance Quality Initiatives: Design and Implementation Experience,” Healthcare Financial Management Association; Westborough, MA.
  4. 2006 “Implications of Pay for Performance on Risk Management,” Risk Management Foundation/CRICO; Cambridge, MA.
  5. 2006 “How a Physician Organization Deals with the Payors and the Doctors,” Update in Internal Medicine Course, Harvard Medical School; Boston, MA.
  6. 2006 “2006 Update on Healthcare Quality, Efficiency and Pay for Performance,” American College of Physicians; Boston, MA.
  7. 2007 “Imaging and Treatment Strategies in Primary Care Medicine – The Blue Cross, BIDPO, SafeMed Experience,” Tufts Health Care Institute and Massachusetts Medical Society; Waltham, MA.
  8. 2008 “Is Massachusetts Doing Enough to Contain Healthcare Costs?” Healthcare Financial Management Association, Westborough, MA.
  9. 2009 “How Will Hospitals, Health Plans and Physicians Respond to the Changing Healthcare Landscape,” Healthcare Financial Management Association, Westborough, MA.
  10. 2009 Leadership Strategies for Information Technology, Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, MA.
  11. 2010 Physician Appreciation Day, Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization (course director). Boston, MA
  12. 2011 “Caring for Patients at the End of Life,” Physician Appreciation Day, Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization; Boston, MA (course director).
  13. 2011 “Healthcare Challenges in 2011,” Keynote speaker, Lawrence General Hospital; Lawrence, MA.
  14. 2011 “The Anatomy of Malpractice: The Effect on Physicians,” Principles of Prevention in Primary Care Practice; Boston, MA.
  15. 2011 “Caring for Patients at the End of Life,” Grand Rounds, Beth Israel Deaconess Needham Hospital; Needham, MA.
  16. 2012 “What Will Happen with Health Care and the ACOs?” Healthcare Financial Management Association, Westborough, MA.
  17. 2012 “Beth Israel Deaconess Professional Organization’s Work in Creating and Managing an ACO,” Massachusetts Hospital Association; Burlington, MA.
  18. 2012 “Health Care Reform: The Potential Impact on the Health Care Community,” Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare; Wellesley, MA.
  19. 2013 “The Journey from Fee-for-Service to Global Payment,” Keynote Speaker, Patient Flow Management Congress; Orlando, FL.
  20. 2013 "Bedside Matters: Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” Harvard Alumni Association; Cambridge, MA.
  21. 2013 “Prostate Cancer and Malpractice Risk,” moderator, CRICO; Boston, MA.
  22. 2013 “Reverence for Life at the End of Life,” Update in Internal Medicine Course; Boston, MA.
  23. 2014 “The Journey from Fee for Service to Global Payment,” Physician Appreciation Day, (course co-director); sponsored by BIDMC/BIDCO; Boston, MA.
  24. 2014 “The ACO Playbook: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters,” Massachusetts Hospital Association; Waltham, MA.
  25. 2014 “Managing Healthcare Costs Under Evolving Payment Models,” Healthcare Financial Management Association; Uncasville, CT.
  26. 2014 “Consolidation in the Health Care Market: What’s Next?” Healthcare Financial Management Association; Westborough, MA.
  27. 2014 “Opportunities for Physicians in Medical Administration,” SEAK conference; Chicago, IL.
  28. 2014 “Stress: Conquer or succumb,” BIDMC/BIDCO CME Day; Boston, MA.
  29. 2015 “The Science of Stress,” Massachusetts Medical Society; Waltham, MA.

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