CommunityCare's Oklahoma roots run deep as the managed care organization owned and operated by Saint Francis Hospital (founded 1960) and St. John Medical Center (founded 1926).

In the early 1980s, managed care came to Oklahoma in the form of health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Hospitals and physicians in metropolitan areas began taking notice of changes in the way healthcare was being delivered on local and national levels.

In 1983, in an effort to maintain market share and become a player in the managed care arena, St. John Medical Center developed CompMed Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). St. John and Bartlett Memorial Hospital in Sapulpa were the only two hospitals in the network. CompMed remained independent from other PPOs and contracted directly with insurance carriers, third party administrators (TPAs) and large self-insured national and local employers.

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