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Healthcare Employers Turn to Wellness Programs

Posted by KC Hall on Sep 9, 2015 1:30:55 PM

Kansas City, Kan.— In 2015, nationally, healthcare employers are contributing 9.5 percent of their total payroll costs toward providing medical insurance to their employees, according to the 2015 Compensation Data Healthcare survey results. In an effort to contain rising healthcare costs, many are turning to wellness programs. So, how does the industry that gets people well and keeps people well handle wellness for its employees?

For years, wellness programs have consisted of traditional options such as weight management, tobacco cessation programs or offering flu shots and immunizations. But over the last few years, some wellness options have shown a more accelerated rate of use. Biometric screenings, which measure an individual's blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol and blood glucose in an effort to identify risk factors, are a good example of this trend. In 2009, biometric screenings were offered by only 13.9 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed, compared to 44.0 percent in 2015. Physical fitness facility access, onsite health clinics and offering rewards and incentives have also increased over the last few years. In 2015, 33.5 percent of employers are providing gift cards as a wellness rewards incentive, up 3.5 percent from the previous year.

"The upshot of a well-executed wellness program does not lie just with reduced medical costs," said Amy Kaminski, Vice President, for Compdata Surveys & Consulting. "Many employers are experiencing a positive impact on their bottom line as a result of greater employee productivity and reduced absenteeism."

Other methods used by healthcare employers to reduce and contain costs include using a network of healthcare professionals at 79.6 percent and increasing the employee portion of the premium at 61.1 percent. 12.8 percent of healthcare organizations report a surcharge for enrolling an employee's spouse on their medical plan, if the employee's spouse is eligible for benefits under their employer's own plan. This is up from 9 percent in 2012.

About the Survey

Compensation Data Healthcare 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2015. More than 350 industry-specific job titles and 550 benchmark titles were surveyed ranging from entry-level to top executives, with data collected from more than 10,250 healthcare providers across the country. 

Since 1988, Compdata Surveys & Consulting has provided HR professionals with the compensation tools they need to stay competitive. With an extensive pay and benefits database and experienced compensation consultants, we are a full-service firm providing innovative solutions to complex compensation challenges. Thousands of organizations provide data in each of our 12 industry-specific surveys every year, ensuring the reliability of our results. For more information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact KC Hall at (800) 300-9570.

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Topics: News, Trends, wellness, Healthcare, Cost Containment

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