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Doctors End Agreement With Blue Cross Blue Shield

AMS Managing Partner Dr. William Biggs AMS Managing Partner Dr. William Biggs

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Thousands of people in the Panhandle region may soon find themselves without a doctor or paying a lot more for a visit.

Amarillo Medical Specialists is a group of doctors practicing everything from internal medicine to obstetrics and gynecology.

This week they sent an email to their 11,000 patients who are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The group is phasing out its agreement with its insurer, with two doctors no longer accepting new BCBS patients effective November 1, 2010.

AMS Managing Partner Dr. William Biggs says, "we looked at what companies do we work with that we can sustain working with. Because the main issue is the reimbursements were so low that we were unable to recruit new physicians to the area."

Dr. Biggs says doctors in Amarillo are reimbursed 8% less than the national average.

Because of that, he adds not only was it hard to get doctors to practice here, it was hard to get doctors to stay here.

Case in point: a pediatric pulmonary specialist who just closed his practice because of this very issue.

For existing patients, Dr. Biggs is not discharging any of them.

But depending on their policies, they may have to find another in network doctor or pay out of network costs.

Here is the list of AMS doctors, all of whom will eventually phase out BCBS:

Internal Medicine – Adult Primary Care
Keister, Alan MD
Do, Nam MD
Norris, Steven, MD
Marck, George J MD
Neese, Susan MD
Saralaya, Shilpa MD
Saralaya, Raj MD
Miranda, Hernan MD
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Biggs, William C MD FACE
Dodson, L Edwin MD
Usala, Stephen J MD PhD
Brantley, Kenny M MD PhD
Arias, Cesar MD FACE
Maliha, Georges M MD
Giron, Milton A  MD FASN
Houseal, Luzma MD
Naguib, Tarek MD
Gynecology – Women's Primary Care
Archer, Emily MD, FACOG
Archer, Estelle MD, FACOG
Infectious Disease
Rodriguez, Pablo MD
Schaeffer, Lawrence MD
Pulmonary Disease
Sahad, Jesus MD
Plata, Carlos  MD

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