Vince Leist, president and CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center recently announced Dr. John T. Leslie’s appointment to the position of chief medical officer (CMO) for the medical system.
As CMO, Leslie will be assisting local medical providers as they adapt to the changing models of healthcare delivery and reimbursement that are being driven by ever-changing regulations in healthcare. He will be conducting research and providing education to ensure that medical care providers and the hospital are prepared for the transition from fee-for-service healthcare to the various value-based systems and population health management programs being developed.
In his new role, Leslie also serves as liaison between the medical staff members and the hospital promoting education and preparedness for population health management programs. That work includes oversight of disease management, data base development, outcome data research, and organizational policy development to prepare for Medicare shared savings, clinically integrated networks, accountable care organizations, and the changing relationships with insurance providers.
Leslie will spend approximately half his time fulfilling his new administrative duties as chief medical officer. The other half will be spent providing patient care in his clinic, Family Medicine Clinic. While Leslie has transitioned his practice to no longer provide obstetrical and nursery care, he will continue to provide family care to patients of all ages. Asa Smith, family nurse practitioner, will be working directly with Leslie to provide care to his patients.
Leslie states, “Asa and I will work closely to ensure each of my patients receives the absolute best of care. I am truly privileged to be a family physician and appreciate the trust and confidence my patients have shown in me. I am grateful for their continued support in my new role and look forward to working to improve the health of all patients in our area.”