Project linked to health law will pay to enhance primary care

"We know that when we support primary care, we get healthier patients and lower costs," said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

"This initiative shows that the public and private sectors can come together to meet the critical need for these services."

Participating regions are Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey, Oregon, New York's Capital District, the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor and Tulsa, Okla.

These markets each had "a diverse pool of applicants from commercial health plans, State Medicaid agencies and self-insured businesses who hoped to work alongside Medicare to support comprehensive primary care," a release stated.

Enhanced primary-care services would include the use of electronic health records and care coordination with other providers, according to CMS.