StudioTulsa on Health: Concerning CommunityCare, the Tulsa-Based Medical Insurance Company
On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Dr. Jack Sommers, chief medical officer for CommunityCare, the Tulsa-based medical insurance firm that's owned and operated by Saint Francis Hospital and St. John Medical Center. (This company began as CommunityCare HMO in 1993; you can read a full history for CommunityCare here.) In an interesting and wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Sommers addresses how CommunityCare works, how it has grown and changed over the years, how its "local roots" set apart from various other managed-care organizations, and how it will be affected --- or, rather, how it's already being affected --- by the newly activated Affordable Care Act. Dr. Sommers also shares a bit about his own background and development as a doctor, as a business executive, and as a sort of hybrid (given his current post at CommunityCare) of the two.