Gary L. Bevill, MD, FAAFP

Founding partner and physician, SAMA Healthcare Services, El Dorado, Arkansas; Medical Director, Hudson Memorial Nursing Home, El Dorado, Arkansas.

Dr. Bevill is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatric medicine. He lives in El Dorado, a town of 18,000 located in south central Arkansas. He practices at SAMA Healthcare Services, which serves more than 30,000 patients. SAMA has been using an electronic health record (EHR) system since 2002. In 2012, the practice was chosen as a Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCi) clinic and started the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition program. SAMA’s team-based patient care model—which involves heavy use of information technology (IT)—has been recognized by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS), the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Medical Society for its cutting-edge transformation of traditional patient care. SAMA has been recognized nationally as one of the best comprehensive primary care (CPC) clinics and has been covered by numerous media outlets, including a feature on MSNBC’s web edition. Dr. Bevill believes the biggest challenge in the future of family medicine is managing EHRs, IT regulatory burdens, and the explosion of data without losing the patient in the process. He is passionate about using technology to achieve the best care management and population health possible.