Local Samaritan Doctors Not Among Premier Providers

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Contrary to Payson Dr. Ray Hatch's contention voiced in Friday's Roundup, the physicians at Samaritan Family Health Center in Payson have not contracted with a new HMO coming to the area, Premier Healthcare of Arizona.

A story in Friday's Roundup quoted Hatch as saying that every doctor in the area has signed on with Premier "with the exception of Arizona First doctors."

Shannon Hounshell, practice administrator with Samaritan Family Health Center, said the group of doctors with the center has not signed on with Premier.

"We do not have an agreement at this current time," she said. "We are not contracted providers for Premier Healthcare. We are currently enrolled with Intergroup."

Although doctors can be signed up with more than one HMO, the following doctors at Samaritan Family Health Center are under contract only to Intergroup: Dr. David Cluff; Dr. James Schouten; Dr. Judith Hunt; Dr. Steve Ressler; Dr. Alfonso Mu Dr. Luis Coppelli.

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