Employees at Hackensack University Medical Center will be the first to try out the hospital’s new "accountable care organization," a network of primary-care doctors that will be rewarded for coordinating patient care from prevention through hospitalization.

The 13,200 people who are insured through the medical center’s health plan, administered by QualCare, will constitute the pilot program for Hackensack’s ACO. Physicians who participate will receive additional reimbursement for cost-saving steps, such as consistently ordering the right screenings in a timely fashion and prescribing generic drugs for their patients. Read More