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Arkansas Health Network Appoints Dr. Shahid Shafi as Chief Medical Officer & Vice President

The Arkansas Health Network (AHN), a physician-led, clinically integrated network (CIN) serving Arkansas patients, providers, and employers, announced that Dr. Shahid Shafi has been appointed as its new Chief Medical Officer and Vice President. Dr. Shafi’s responsibilities will include all aspects of clinical quality improvement, evidence-based medical guidelines and the development of quality metrics across the network in addition to supporting AHN’s other strategic initiatives.
“Dr. Shafi brings a wide breadth of expertise to our value-based approach to healthcare as AHN partners with healthcare providers, employers and insurers to improve patient health while lowering costs,” said AHN President Bob Sarkar. “His experience will be invaluable as we further develop those collaborations to build a healthier and happier workforce in Arkansas.”
AHN is the largest and most successful CIN in the state of Arkansas. The organization currently manages over 95,000 patients across the state of and partners with a growing network of nearly 2000 providers. AHN has repeat successes in programs sponsored by both commercial and governmental payers. Its Medicare ACO in the state earned shared savings both in the 2014 and 2017 performance years. In addition, with the rising cost of healthcare growing as a concern for employers across Arkansas, AHN has partnered with Arkansas Children’s Care Network to provide a unique health care delivery model designed specifically for self-insured employers. It leverages technology and big data to identify high-risk patients and then connects them with registered nurse health coaches to proactively manage their care with an emphasis on preventative, rather than reactive, services. The holistic approach drives positive outcomes for employees and associated lower costs for employers.
Dr. Shafi previously served as Medical Director of Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance ACO in Dallas, Texas and as CEO of Surgical Group of North Texas. He also served as Medical Director of Trauma Surgery for Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas as well as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. Dr. Shafi earned his Doctor of Medicine from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and received his trauma surgery fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Business degree from Southern Methodist University.
About Arkansas Health Network
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