LITTLE ROCK - TheArkansas Health Network (AHN), a physician-led, Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) serving Arkansas patients, providers and employers, announced that Dr. Lubna Maruf has been appointed as its new Chief Medical Officer and Vice President. Dr. Maruf will oversee all aspects of clinical quality improvement, provider engagement efforts, performance in quality metrics across the network and provide medical leadership for AHN's strategic initiatives.
In its latest performance year, AHN's emphasis on quality and value-based care saved Medicare $12.9-million, the highest total savings of any individual accountable care organization (ACO) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program through CommonSpirit Health, a 21 state nonprofit health system that includes CHI St. Vincent. AHN is the largest and most successful CIN in the state of Arkansas, managing over 125,000 patients across the state and partnering with a growing network of nearly 2,600 providers, 27 Skilled Nursing Facilities and 17 hospitals.
With the rising cost of healthcare growing as a concern for employers across Arkansas, AHN also partnered with Arkansas Children's Care Network and NextHealth Integrated Network to provide a unique healthcare delivery model designed specifically for employers. The model leverages technology and big data to pre-emptively identify high-risk and rising risk patients and then connects them with a multidisciplinary care team of registered nurse health coaches, social workers, pharmacists and others to proactively manage their care with an emphasis on preventive, rather than reactive services.
Dr. Maruf previously served as medical director for Centene/QualChoice Health Insurance based in Little Rock where a significant portion of her work focused on Value-Based Care while maintaining clinic practices across the state. She has also served as adjunct faculty for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with their residency training program. Dr. Maruf holds a medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She received her internal medicine fellowship from Michael Reese Hospital at the University of Illinois, Chicago and has an MBA degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.