Wellness Programs on the Rise for Healthcare Organizations

May 4, 2011    

With prevention becoming the buzzword, healthcare organizations have taken steps to increase their employees’ health and wellness through various programs. The newly released 2011 Compensation Data Healthcare survey results show that programs offered to increase employees’ health have increased across the board. The two programs that show the most change are biometric screening and tobacco cessation. In 2010, 18.7 percent of organizations offered biometric screening compared to 26.8 percent in 2011, while 64.4 percent of organizations offered tobacco cessation programs in 2010 compared to 69.2 percent in 2011.

More organizations are also offering rewards and incentives for participating and succeeding in their health and wellness programs. Forty one percent of all organizations reporting offer some sort of reward, up from 36.9 percent in 2010. Along with the increase in organizations offering rewards, the allotment of these awards has changed in the last year. The number of organizations reporting giving away debit cards, gas/phone cards, insurance discounts, prescription discount cards and travel packages has decreased. However, the number of organizations reporting using medical premium contributions as a reward has increased greatly from 25 percent in 2010 to 33.2 percent in 2011. The amount of organizations reporting utilizing health and fitness products as a reward also increased from 28.4 percent in 2010 to 31.5 percent in 2011.

The three biggest forms of alternative treatments offered remained the same as last year with chiropractic, nutritional counseling and acupuncture respectively taking the top three spots. Acupuncture and chiropractic treatments were offered by roughly the same percentage in 2011 as 2010, but 35.8 percent of healthcare organizations are now offering nutritional counseling, up from 31.1 percent in 2010.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Healthcare contains data on 250 industry specific job titles and 350 benchmark job titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data was collected from more than 1,100 healthcare employers reporting on nearly 5,300 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2011.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Thousands of U.S. organizations provide data each year ensuring the reliability of our results. Compdata Surveys has been providing comprehensive data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. For further information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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