NU Online News Service, Sept. 24, 12:15 p.m. – Hewitt Associates L.L.C., Lincolnshire, Ill., a large benefits consulting firm, says it will be combining its health care database information with database information from Medstat, Ann Arbor, Mich., a health market research firm.

Medstat is a unit of The Thomson Corp., Toronto.

Hewitt will provide information from its Health Value Initiative database, which includes premium and plan design information for more than 2,300 health plans.

Medstat will supply a database that collects claims experience data for millions of health plan members.