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Primary care innovators receive awards totaling $4.8 million from Arkansas Blue Cross

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is financially rewarding primary care clinics participating in three programs that encourage innovation in patient care.

The three programs are:

  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) – an initiative of the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
  • Primary Care First (PCF) – also an initiative of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and the successor program to CPC+
  • Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) – a team-based healthcare delivery model that seeks to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with a goal to obtain maximal health outcomes

The CPC+, PCF and PCMH programs provide financial resources to encourage primary care clinics to test ideas that advance patient care, improve outcomes and reduce low-value care.

For meeting performance goals, 327 participating CPC+, PCF and PCMH clinics, representing 1,537 healthcare providers (caring for 194,388 attributed Arkansas Blue Cross members) will share in more than $4.8 million being awarded by Arkansas Blue Cross. Each clinic met or exceeded its 2021 CPC+, PCF and PCMH clinical quality and utilization measure targets by focusing on:

  • Meeting the patient’s needs during a pandemic
  • Reducing avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions
  • Quality of care
  • Total cost of care

“We are encouraged to see that CPC+, PCF and PCMH continue to have such a positive influence on the health of Arkansas Blue Cross members and our state’s healthcare delivery system,” said Alicia Berkemeyer, executive vice president and chief health management officer for Arkansas Blue Cross. “Primary care is the bedrock of our system, and we are happy to see collaborative, provider-led innovation strengthening it throughout our state.”

Launched in 2017, CPC+ was a national advanced primary care medical home model that aimed to strengthen primary care through regionally based multi-payer payment reform. The CPC+ program ended on December 31, 2021.

Primary Care First started in 2021 with a small number of clinics and many CPC+ practices joined the program in 2022, once they completed the CPC+ program. PCF continues to strengthen primary care services and introduces risk and capitation to the payment model.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home program is a model to deliver and organize healthcare that helps to improve the patient’s experience of care, improve the health of populations and reduce or control the costs of healthcare. The PCMH model allows the primary care provider and the patient to be the center of the healthcare system, to know what is going on with their care and help the patient be in control of their health.

In the midst of the pandemic in 2021, members served by providers in these programs had lower rates for emergency department visits, inpatient admissions and hospital readmission rates than people not served by participating providers.

CPC+, PCF and PCMH all emphasize the following comprehensive primary care focuses:

  • Access and continuity
  • Care management
  • Comprehensiveness and coordination
  • Patient and caregiver engagement
  • Planned care and population health

CPC+, PCF and PCMH provide practices with a robust learning system, as well as actionable data feedback to guide their decision-making. The care delivery redesign ensures practices have the infrastructure to deliver better care, resulting in a healthier patient population.

Arkansas CPC+ clinics receiving 2021awards

ClinicCity name
Bray Family MedicineArkadelphia
Bradley Bibb, M.D., PLLCAsh Flat
Batesville Family CareBatesville
WRMC Medical Complex SouthsideBatesville
Beebe Family ClinicBeebe
Unity Health - McAfee Medical ClinicBeebe
Benton Family ClinicBenton
Main Street Medical ClinicBenton
Saline Clinics, LLCBenton
Saline Med-Peds Group, Inc.Benton
Northwest Benton County Physician Services, LLCBentonville
The Physicians Clinic of Berryville - North Ark. Reg. Med. CenterBerryville
Baptist Health Family Clinic - BryantBryant
Baptist Health Family Clinic - CabotCabot
Cabot Medical CareCabot
Ouachita Valley Family ClinicCamden
Internal Medicine DiagnosticsCherokee Village
B. Brooks Lawrence, M.D., PAConway
Freeman Family MedicineConway
Family Clinic of Ashley County, PACrossett
Lofton Family Clinic, M.D., PADe Queen
Randy D. Walker, M.D., PLLCDe Queen
SAMA Healthcare Services, PAEl Dorado
Eureka Family Medical CenterEureka Springs
Family Clinic Farmington - Washington RegionalFarmington
Family Clinic Fayetteville - Washington RegionalFayetteville
Internal Medicine Associates - Washington RegionalFayetteville
Medical Associates of Northwest ArkansasFayetteville
Senior Health Clinic - Washington RegionalFayetteville
UAMS Family Medical Center - FayettevilleFayetteville
Forrest City Family PracticeForrest City
Internal Medicine of Forrest CityForrest City
Kumars Medical Clinic, PAForrest City
Baptist Health ServicesFort Smith
UAMS Family Medical Center - Fort SmithFort Smith
Glenwood Family MedicineGlenwood
Family First Primary Care, PAGreenbrier
Greenbrier Family ClinicGreenbrier
Family Doctors Clinic – North Arkansas Regional Medical CenterHarrison
Harrison Family Practice Clinic – Washington RegionalHarrison
Internal Medicine Clinic – North Arkansas Regional Medical CenterHarrison
Leslie Clinic, PAHarrison
Medicine Group – North Arkansas Regional Medical Center  Harrison
CHI St. Vincent Clinic Hot Springs CommunitiesHot Springs
Family Medicine Clinic, PAHot Springs
Fountain Lake Family MedicineHot Springs
Hamilton West Family MedicineHot Springs
West Gate Family MedicineHot Springs
Jacksonville Medical CareJacksonville
AHEC Family PracticeJonesboro
First CareJonesboro
First Care Parker RoadJonesboro
NEA Baptist ClinicJonesboro
St. Bernards Clinic Inc. Jonesboro
St. Bernards Medical Senior Health ClinicJonesboro
West Washington County Clinic -Washington RegionalLincoln
Arkansas Family Care NetworkLittle Rock
Arkansas Primary Care ClinicLittle Rock
Autumn Road  Family Practice, PALittle Rock
Baptist Health Family Clinic - Baptist Health DriveLittle Rock
Baptist Health Family Clinic - Pleasant ValleyLittle Rock
Baptist Health Family Clinic - HillcrestLittle Rock
Baptist Health Family Clinic - Otter CreekLittle Rock
Baptist Health Family Clinic - WestLittle Rock
CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic ClinicLittle Rock
Medical College Physicians GroupLittle Rock
St. Vincent Physicians Clinics, LLC.Little Rock
Higginbotham Family ClinicMalvern
Pinnacle Physicians GroupMalvern
Baptist Health Family Clinic - MaumelleMaumelle
Baptist Regional Family ClinicMountain Home
North Central Arkansas Medical Associates, PAMountain Home
Regional Family MedicineMountain Home
Dr. Andy's Family Practice ClinicMountain View
James E. Zini, D.O., PAMountain View
Howard Memorial Hospital Medical ClinicsNashville
Unity Health Physician GroupNewport
Baptist Health Family Clinic - LakewoodNorth Little Rock
North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic      
North Little Rock
North Hills Family Medical CenterNorth Little Rock
Family Practice Clinic of ParagouldParagould
Baptist Health Family Clinic - Perryville Perryville
Pocahontas Medical Clinic, PAPocahontas
Collum & Carney ClinicPrescott
St. Mary's Physician Services, LLC. Russelville
Scribner Family Practice Clinic, LLCSalem
Family Practice AssociatesSearcy
Prime Care Medical ClinicSearcy
Searcy Medical CenterSearcy
Unity Health - Westside Family Medical ClinicSearcy
The Winston Clinic, PASheridan
Sherwood Family Medical CenterSherwood
Community Physicians GroupSiloam Springs
Northwest Physicians, LLCSpringdale
Shiloh Clinic - Washington RegionalSpringdale
UAMS Family Medical Center - SpringdaleSpringdale
Washington Regional East Springdale Family ClinicSpringdale
Southwest Family Practice Residency and ClinicTexarkana
Sophia Meyer Family PracticeVan Buren
Alliance Senior Health, PLLC
West Memphis
Family Practice Center of West MemphisWest Memphis
Baptist Health Family Clinic - White HallWhite Hall
Doug Coleman, M.D., PAWhite Hall
Mark Anthony G. Ramiro, M.D.White Hall

Arkansas PCMH clinics receiving 2021 awards

Clinic nameCity
Cornerstone Medical Group, PLLCAlma
Baptist Health Arkadelphia Medical ClinicArkadelphia
Healthy Connections Inc.Arkadelphia
Robert A. Dorman, M.D., PAArkadelphia
King Medical ClinicAshdown
Falewell Family Medicine, PABatesville
The Children's ClinicBatesville
The Diagnostic Clinic at WRMCBatesville
WRMC Internal Medicine ClinicBatesville
Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, Inc.Benton
Family Practice AssociatesBenton
Living Tree Pediatrics, PLLCBentonville
Baptist Health Family Clinic - Bismarck Bismarck
Access Medical ClinicBlack Rock
Family Medicine Associates of Blytheville, PABlytheville
Great River Pediatric ClinicBlytheville
Great River Physician ServicesBlytheville
Bono Family Medical Clinic and Therapy ServicesBono
Bradley Bibb, M.D., PLLCBono
Unity Health – Bradford Medical ClinicBradford
Baptist Health Family Clinic – Caddo ValleyCaddo Valley
Hometown Clinic at Calico RockCalico Rock
Cave City Medical ClinicCave City
Schmitz Family Practice & Rural Health, PLLCCharleston
Midway Medical ClinicCherokee Village
Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.Clarendon
Clarksville Family Medical CenterClarksville
Clarksville Medical Group, PAClarksville
Family Practice Associates of ClarksvilleClarksville
Clinton Medical ClinicClinton
Ozark Medical & Pediatric ClinicClinton
Arkansas Pediatrics of ConwayConway
Banister Lieblong ClinicConway
Baptist Health Pediatric Clinic ConwayConway
Central Arkansas Pediatrics, PAConway
Conway Children’s ClinicConway
Conway Medical GroupConway
Conway Regional Medical Clinic – Prince StreetConway
Hilman Family Clinic, PAConway
TLC Pediatrics, PLLCConway
1st Choice HealthcareCorning
Ashley Family ClinicCrossett
Ashley Health ServicesCrossett
Barry V. Thompson, M.D., PACrossett
Chambers Memorial ClinicDanville
Access Medical Clinic DardanelleDardanelle
Dardanelle Regional Medical ClinicDardanelle
The Kirkland Family Medical Center, PADardanelle
Healthy Connections Inc. De Queen ClinicDe Queen
Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc. DeWittDeWitt
Decatur Medi ClinicDecatur
Drasco Medical ClinicDrasco
Delta Memorial HospitalDumas
DePaul Community Health Centers – DumasDumas
Earle Family Medical ClinicEarle
Carlton Newsome, M.D.El Dorado
Dr. Albert Obiozo Pediatrics, Inc.El Dorado
Gold Cross Urgent Care, LLCEl Dorado
Robin P. Ray, M.D.El Dorado
Community Clinic Fayetteville MedicalFayetteville
Hello Wellness, PLCFayetteville
Medical Associates of Northwest ArkansasFayetteville
Brandy Davis, M.D., PAForrest City
East Arkansas Children’s ClinicForrest City
James T. Meredith, M.D., PAForrest City
Baptist Health ServicesFort Smith
James L. Cheshier, M.D., PAFort Smith
John C. Whitaker, M.D.Fort Smith
Keystone Family ClinicFort Smith
Mercy Clinic Fort Smith CommunitiesFort Smith
Pediatric Partners, PAFort Smith
Greenbrier Family MedicineGreenbrier
Baptist Health Family Clinic – Greers FerryGreers Ferry
Baptist Health Family Clinic – GurdonGurdon
Hamburg Health ClinicHamburg
Harrisburg Family Medical ClinicHarrisburg
Two Sisters Family MedicalHarrisburg
Cornerstone Medical ClinicHarrison
Hometown Doc, PAHarrison
Mediquick - North Arkansas Regional Medical CenterHarrison
Western Yell County Medical ClinicHavana
Baptist Health Heber Springs Campus ClinicHeber Springs
Baptist Health Family Clinic - Heber SpringsHeber Springs
Bivins Family Medicine Heber Springs
Sugarloaf Medical ClinicHeber Springs
Cypert Ridge Family Practice ClinicHelena
Pillow Clinic, PLLCHelena
CHI St. Vincent Primary CareHot Springs
Hamilton West Family Medicine Hot Springs
Harmony Park Family Medical, PLLC.Hot Springs
Healthy Connections Inc. Hot Springs Central ClinicHot Springs
Healthy Connections Inc. Hot SpringsHot Springs
Hot Springs Pediatric Clinic, PAHot Springs
Lakeside Family MedicineHot Springs
West Gate Family MedicineHot Springs
Daugherty & Daugherty Medical ClinicJacksonville
Newton County Family PracticeJasper
Apache Drive Children’s ClinicJonesboro
Children’s ClinicJonesboro
Family Physicians of Jonesboro, PLLCJonesboro
First Care Acute Care CenterJonesboro
Kion PediatricsJonesboro
NEA Baptist ClinicJonesboro
Lake Village ClinicLake Village
Buffalo Island Medical Clinic LeachvilleLeachville
Calude Parrish Community HealthLead Hill
ACH Physicians Billing GroupLittle Rock
All For Kids Pediatric Clinic, PALittle Rock
Arkansas Children's Medical Group, PLLCLittle Rock
Arkansas Internal Medicine Clinic, PALittle Rock
Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, PLLCLittle Rock
Benny J. Green, M.D., PALittle Rock
Carter Family Medicine Clinic, PLLCLittle Rock
CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic ClinicLittle Rock
Little Rock Children’s ClinicLittle Rock
Little Rock Pediatric ClinicLittle Rock
Mark F. Olsen, M.D.Lowell
Magnolia Pediatric Clinic IncMagnolia
Family Medical Center in Magnolia (UAMS)Magnolia
Healthy Connections MalvernMalvern
Malvern Family Medical ClinicMalvern
Wagner Medical ClinicManila
Lee County Cooperative ClinicMarianna
Mitchell Family Medicine, LLCMarion
Bradley Bibb, M.D., PLLCMarked Tree
Boston Mountain Rural Health CenterMarshall
Marshall Family PracticeMarshall
Mayflower Family MedicineMayflower
McGehee Family MedicalMcGehee
Hometown Clinic at MelbourneMelbourne
Melbourne Medical ClinicMelbourne
First Care Family Medicine MenaMena
Healthy ConnectionsMena
Mena Medical AssociatesMena
Mountain View Clinic, Inc.Mena
Buffalo Island Family Medical Clinic MonetteMonette
Connelley Family Medical, PLLCMonticello
Monticello Medical ClinicMonticello
Morrilton Medical ClinicMorrilton
CHI St. Vincent MorriltonMorrilton
Lincoln Paden Medical GroupMountain Home
Baxter Regional Medical Center Hometown ClinicMountain View
Stone County Family Medicine ClinicMountain View
Stone County Primary Care ClinicMountain View
Ferguson Health Care, Inc.Nashville
Newport Diagnostic Medical ClinicNewport
Scenic 7 Medical ClinicOla
St. Bernards First Care – OsceolaOsceola
Willis ClinicOsceola
1st Choice Healthcare, Inc.Paragould
Burchfield Family Medicine, PLLCParagould
Child & Adolescent Medical ClinicParagould
Harris Family Medicine, PLLCParagould
Paragould Doctors ClinicParagould
Paragould PediatricsParagould
Family Health Associates of Southeast ArkansasPine Bluff
First US Clinic, PAPine Bluff
Larisa Kachowski Family Medicine, PLLCPine Bluff 
UAMS Family Medical CenterPine Bluff
Plainview Medical ClinicPlainview
Pleasant Plains Medical ClinicPleasant Plains
1st Choice HealthcarePocahontas
Mainline Health Systems, Inc.Portland
Conway Regional Medical Clinic – PottsvillePottsville
Jennifer Bingham, M.D., PLLCPrairie Grove
Prescott Family Clinic, PAPrescott
Baptist Health Family Clinic – PrescottPrescott
River Valley Primary Care Services, IncRatcliff
Community Clinic Rogers MedicalRogers
Harvey PediatricsRogers
Mercy Health Northwest Arkansas CommunitiesRogers
Ozark PediatricsRogers
Rogers Family & Occupational Medicine ClinicRogers
Conway Regional Medical Clinic – Russellville
Helping Hands Medical Center, LLCRusselville
Monfee Medical Clinic, PARusselville
Russellville Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic, PARusselville
St. Mary’s Physician Services, LLCRusselville
Access Medical Clinic Arkansas, LLCSalem
Benjaman T. Wilkins, M.D., Inc.Searcy
One Life Wellness & Primary Care, Inc.Searcy
Prime Care Medical Clinic
Searcy Medical CenterSearcy
The Pediatric ClinicSherwood
Sherwood Family Medical CenterSherwood
Community Clinic Siloam Springs MedicalSiloam Springs
Community Physicians Group Siloam Springs
Community Clinic Springdale Medical Springdale
Community Clinic Springdale Medical Family PracticeSpringdale
Northwest Physicians, LLCSpringdale
S. Averitt Pediatrics, PLLCSpringdale
Washington  Regional Family Clinic SpringdaleSpringdale
Strawberry Medical ClinicStrawberry
Baptist Health Stuttgart Medical ClinicStuttgart
Collum & Carney ClinicTexarkana
St. Bernards First Care – TrumannTrumann
Hamby & Hamby Family Wellness Clinic, PLLCVan Buren
Pointer Trail Family ClinicVan Buren
Conway Regional Medical Clinic – ViloniaVilonia
1st Choice HealthcareWalnut Ridge
Lawrence County Family ClinicWalnut Ridge
Bradley County Medical Center Rural Health ClinicWarren 
Marsh George Clinic
East Arkansas Family Health Center
West Memphis
Pediatric Associates of West Memphis, PLCWest Memphis
Family Health Associates of Southeast ArkansasWhite Hall
Tim Wilkin D.O., PAWhite Hall 
Wynne Physicians Clinic, LLCWynne 
Baxter Regional Ahrens ClinicYellville

Arkansas PCF clinics receiving 2021 awards

Clinic nameCity
UAMS North Central Family Medicine CenterBatesville
Unity Health – North Cabot Family MedicineCabot
Baptist Health Family Clinic Conway WestConway
Unity Health – Medical Clinic Heber SpringsHeber Springs
UAMS Delta AHECHelena
Lake Hamilton Family MedicineHot Springs
CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic ClinicLittle Rock
Arkansas Family Care NetworkLittle Rock
Medical College Physicians GroupLittle Rock
Baptist Health Internal Medicine ClinicNorth Little Rock
Baptist Health Family Medicine Residency ClinicNorth Little  Rock