Physician review of health care services provided to patients is a key part of the more than 40 years of health improvement provided by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). Physician leadership has always been an important part of our work with utilization review, quality improvement and public education.

AFMC has been fortunate to have a number of exceptionally talented and extremely dedicated physician reviewers. Michael Moody, MD, retired this summer after many years as our medical director. He continues to serve on our editorial panel. Former Corporate Medical Director Lynda Beth Milligan, MD, recently returned to private practice.

We are proud to welcome two new medical directors to AFMC’s Little Rock campus. Chad Rodgers, MD, is our new vice president and chief medical officer and Elena Davis, MD, MPH, is our new associate medical director.

“Dr. Rodgers has dedicated his career to child advocacy, health care policy and health disparities,” Ray Hanley, AFMC president and CEO, said. “He’s an excellent addition to our team.”

Rodgers is a board-certified pediatrician and partner at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic, where he plans to continue practicing part time. He also serves as vice president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and secretary of the Arkansas Medical Society’s board of directors. His other community interests include co-founder and current board member of Reach Out and Read Arkansas and board member of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. He is the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Tom Ed Townsend Award from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Rodgers is responsible for development, implementation and oversight of all aspects of AFMC’s review work in programs, services and products. He will spend about 25 percent of his time performing Medicare and Medicaid reviews. He is also tasked with evaluating and updating all clinical review criteria.

Davis, a pediatric pathologist, completed her medical degree in her native Peru at the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She is board certified in anatomic pathology.

As Associate Medical Director, Davis serves as physician advisor for Medicaid review contracts. She is responsible for performing personal care, prescription drug and other specialized clinical reviews for Arkansas Medicaid. Quality assurance and improvement are ongoing responsibilities for physician reviewers. Davis will also serve as a resource for clinical and non-clinical staff by providing oversight and follow-up for clinical questions and issues.

Rodgers says his private practice has benefitted from AFMC’s programs and support. “I was attracted to AFMC because of the trusted guidance it provided to my practice, but also because of its diverse work in an ever-changing world of medicine to improve the quality of and delivery of health care for all Arkansans,” Rodgers says. “I have increasingly wanted to work at a higher level on improving health care and becoming an active part of the changes that are in front of us as physicians.” Rodgers listed some of those changes: better patient-centered medical homes, updating electronic medical records software, effectively utilizing technology in our everyday practice, dealing with ever-increasing requirements from payers and smoothly transitioning to ICD-10.

Rodgers says his goals as chief medical officer include “improving the health care of Arkansans, especially the most vulnerable, and being an advocate for physicians and the health care settings where we practice so we can continue to deliver quality, financially conscious and efficient medical care.”

“I believe that the voices that shape health care in our state should be those of Arkansans who best understand the people whose lives we are trying to improve,” Rodgers says. He encourages other physicians to become actively involved in the forces that shape health care in Arkansas.