I am extremely pleased to invite you to join me and many of our colleagues in the Arkansas Health Network – a physician-driven, clinically integrated network initiative. Participating providers will collaborate to enhance the quality, lower the cost and improve the efficiency of health care services for patients. It will also provide a strong platform for success in today’s changing health care payment and delivery environments.

AHN is led by an 16-member board comprising eight independent practice physicians, five St. Vincent-employed physicians, administrative leaders and community representatives. The AHN board and other physicians have participated in numerous committees leading to its development. This network is designed to provide you with opportunities to earn compensation in addition to your regular fees through shared savings and other initiatives that will improve quality and enhance value for patients.

Arkansas Health Network and CHI St. Vincent have committed significant resources to ensure that AHN can work with a variety of payers. AHN will access and provide clinical and technical resources including advanced information technology, data analytics, and other tools to facilitate care coordination and to expedite network implementation and success. By working together, the AHN network of participating providers can implement these and other systems more efficiently and in a more coordinated manner than individual providers could on their own.

The organizational structure of AHN ensures that physicians will lead the design and use of new clinical systems and that the network will provide a vehicle for participation in new payment models involving shared savings programs, bundled payments, and other initiatives focused on quality and value.

I encourage you to explore this website to see how it can benefit you and your practice, or contact Bob Sarkar at 501.552.3598.

We look forward to working with you to provide excellent, high-quality care as the health care landscape changes and payment opportunities begin to be based on improving patients’ health and controlling costs.


Daniel Felton, MD


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