Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Healthways Announce Long-Term Extension of Total Population Health Solutions

Extended Agreement Provides Continued Health and Care Support Solutions to RMHP Members; Adds Access to Well-Being Connect

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) and Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY) today agreed to a five-year extension of their partnership offering Healthways total population health management, including care support solutions to RMHP Members.

The long-term extension confirms the effectiveness of Healthways programs in helping RMHP Members understand their level of well-being, improve their health status and access individualized support to manage chronic illnesses. The extended agreement includes the expansion of services by providing Healthways Well-Being Connect, an online behavior change portal.

“Rocky Mountain Health Plans and Healthways have a long history of comprehensive innovations designed to improve the health and well-being of our Members. We believe the total population approach is key to helping our Members realize their optimal health,” said Neil Waldron, Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Strategic Initiatives, RMHP. “The extension of our agreement with Healthways is an important component of our efforts to provide our Members the best quality, most affordable health care in Colorado.”

New! Well-Being Connect

Healthways Well-Being Connect is an online personal behavior change portal through which RMHP Members can better manage their health. Beginning in July 2012, through Well-Being Connect, RMHP Members can:

  • Understand and explore their own well-being while connecting with peers and health professionals to pursue shared goals.
  • Utilize personal well-being plans and other online tools to create and strengthen healthy behaviors through a combination of leading consumer engagement strategies and deeply embedded behavior change science.

RMHP Commercial Members living with heart failure, coronary artery disease and diabetes will continue to have access to Healthways Care Support interventions. The interventions use evidence-based approaches and one-on-one telephonic interactions with nurses and other clinicians to empower patients to adhere to their physician’s plan of care and successfully manage their illness, improving quality of care and reducing costs. RMHP will also implement a high-risk care management registry.

Members will also continue to have access to myhealthIQ, featuring an online health risk assessment, biometric data, personalized follow-up and participation incentives.

“Healthways and Rocky Mountain Health Plans are leading the way in creating total population approaches to health and care support that meet each person at their greatest points of health need and empower them to move to a better state of well-being,” said Healthways President and Chief Executive Officer Ben R. Leedle, Jr.

“We have been continually impressed by RMHP’s willingness to implement innovative approaches to improve the health and well-being of their Members,” Leedle continued. “The best solutions are based on collaborative efforts that help individuals, wherever they may be on the health continuum, avoid the next episode of care; and, when care is needed, assure that it’s provided effectively and efficiently. Both organizations are convinced the real value for Members is a result of delivering effectively integrated services. We look forward to continuing our work with RMHP for many more years.”

About Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Rocky Mountain Health Plans, a locally-owned, not-for-profit Colorado health insurance provider, has been offering individual health insurance and group health insurance plans to Colorado residents for more than 35 years. We are the only health plan provider in Colorado serving every market segment including employers, individuals, Medicare, Medicaid, and Child Health Plan Plus beneficiaries. We are the first Western Slope employer to receive the Gold Well Workplace award from the Wellness Councils of America. We have also earned an A+ financial strength rating from Weiss Ratings. The A+ rating is the highest grade possible from Weiss and places us on the Recommended List, reserved for the top health insurance providers. For more information, visit

About Healthways

Healthways is the leading provider of specialized, comprehensive solutions to help millions of people maintain or improve their health and well-being and, as a result, reduce overall health-related costs. Healthways’ solutions are designed to help healthy individuals stay healthy, mitigate or eliminate lifestyle risk factors that can lead to disease and optimize care for those with chronic illness. Our proven, evidence-based programs provide highly specific and personalized interventions for each individual in a population, irrespective of age or health status, and are delivered to consumers by phone, mail, internet and face-to-face interactions, both domestically and internationally. Healthways also provides a national, fully accredited complementary and alternative Health Provider Network and a national Fitness Center Network, offering convenient access to individuals who seek health services outside of, and in conjunction with, the traditional healthcare system. For more information, please visit

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Investor Relations:
Healthways, Inc.
Chip Wochomurka, 615-614-4493
[email protected]
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
Kayla Arnesen, APR, 970-244-7967
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