Small wellness initiatives, big savings for North Carolina State Health Plan

Even the simplest of wellness initiatives can reap big savings for payers, representatives of the North Carolina State Health Plan said at the Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference in Chicago.

The plan covers approximately 680,000 teachers and state employees in a diverse geography spanning "from the mountains to the sea," said State Treasurer Janet Cowell, who runs the health plan among her other duties. Cowell spoke along with Charles Saunders, M.D., CEO of Healthagen, the population health management technology arm of Aetna.