New Jersey could be among a handful of states chosen in March to participate in an innovative pilot that will partner Medicare and private insurers in a coordinated model for healthcare. The Medicare initiative will increase the payments made to primary care practices so they can set up "medical homes" that coordinate patient care, makes sure preventive screenings are performed, and cut down on hospital readmissions.

“A pilot such as this, where you actually have Medicare in a pilot with the commercial payers, is huge for the [primary care] practices,” said Dr. Lisa Blondin, senior medical director for AmeriHealth NJ. Read More