NU Online News Service, July 6, 2004, 5:12 p.m. EDT

SimplyWell L.L.C., Omaha, Neb., says it has developed a new method for pricing disease management programs and other health programs.[@@]

Instead of charging a fee based on the total number of employees at an employer, the company will charge a one-time $144 fee for each plan member who decides to participate in a SimplyWell program, SimplyWell says.

SimplyWell sells its programs to employers that self-insure their health plans. The new pricing system should simplify employer efforts to measure the programs’ effects on employees’ health and claim costs, SimplyWell says.

The $144 fee will include the cost of a health risk assessment, a worksite health screening, an online electronic health record, an “action plan” and lifestyle coaching.