Baptist Health Physician Partners


During 2011-2012, Baptist Health worked with a group of 27 Arkansas physicians from across the health system to create a physician led and managed subsidiary, Baptist Health Physician Partners. BHPP is a clinical integration program based on the promise that by working differently with physicians, we can improve clinical outcomes and become more efficient in the ways we deliver care. This idea of physician partnerships was revolutionary in the state of Arkansas.

From 2012 to October of 2016, Baptist Health Physician Partners has grown to 1,000 providers and counting. BHPP has expanded far outside of the system and across the entire state. These 1,000 physicians are working toward one common goal: to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare for all Arkansans.

Baptist Health Physician Partners is a physician-driven, physician-led, and physician-managed care delivery strategy. Through partnership with BHPP, physicians have the opportunity to contract collectively with fee-for-service payers and employers for financial incentives based on achievement of quality benchmarks. This quality data is provided by the BHPP IT system: Crimson Analytics.

Crimson Analytics has over 400,000 users and 1,200 hospitals in the United States. This incredible program is of no cost to the physician partners and provides web based access to quality data. Crimson Analytics provides a continuum of care across all levels of patient care providing quality and efficiency reporting. Crimson Analytics also provides a population risk management tool designed to look in depth at better care for specific patient populations – such as the Baptist Health employee plan.

Everyone in Arkansas can benefit from Baptist Health Physician Partners:

Patients – Patients receive consistent, well-rounded, and high quality care delivered from a trusted source through better and more efficient communication among physicians.

Physicians – Physicians will be a part of a supportive network of peers and are given the ability to engage in joint contracting with fee-for-service payers for financial incentives based on achievements of quality measures. Physicians have personal access to quality, business intelligence information technology which contains data across the full continuum of care, thus, allowing an opportunity to provide the best possible care to their patients.

Hospitals – BHPP’s Clinical Integration program will give hospitals the ability to (a) demonstrate their quality to current and future patients; (b) enlist physician support for hospital initiatives; (c) reduce costs; (d) avoid readmission and other clinical quality related regulatory penalties; and (e) improve performance on hospital pay-for-performance measures.

Baptist Health Physician Partners Board of Managers

Chris Cate, MD – Chairman Fred Nagel, MD – Vice-Chairman Whit Knapple, MD – Secretary Bob Roberts – Treasurer

Jerry Byrum, MD John DeLoach, MD Cindy Hubach, MD Carl Johnson, MD Gail McCracken, MD Thomas Sneed, MD Wendell Pahls, MD Hal Palmer, MD Mr. Will Rusher – Baptist Health Eddie Phillips, MD – Baptist Health Mr. Doug Weeks – Baptist Health Mr. Bob Roberts – Baptist Health Mr. Harrison Dean – Baptist Health Mr. Troy Wells – Baptist Health

Baptist Health Physician Partners Quality Committee

Cindy Hubach, MD Fred Nagel, MD Mark Martindale, MD Michael Berry, MD Michael Church, MD Randy Minton, MD Steven Nokes, MD John Dickins, MD Chris Pittman, MD Chris Cobb, MD Mr. Harrison Dean – Baptist Health Eddie Phillips, MD – Baptist Health Ms. Lavanda Gangluff – Baptist Health Mr. Troy Wells – Baptist Health

BHPP Finance Committee

Chris Cate, MD Carl Johnson, MD Devon Ballard, MD Harjot Hunjan, MD John DeLoach, MD Wendell Pahls, MD Jerry Byrum, MD Mr. Bob Roberts – Baptist Health


Herbert Hahn, MD Executive Director

Jonathan Rushing Administrative Director

Sharon Aureli, RN Quality Manager

Megan McQueen Program and Marketing Coordinator

Tonya Robertson, Pharm D Clinical Pharmacist

Sarah Merlos Project Management Engineer

Melissa Heath, RN Care Manager

Lorie Lee, RN Care Manager

Jessica White, RN Care Manager

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