The Cammack Health Benefits Survey of Hospitals is the only industry report of its kind, providing analysis and insight into benefit and wellness practices and programs within the healthcare industry in the Northeast. Now in its eleventh year, the 2016 survey includes over 140 hospitals across 69 systems in NY, NJ, DE, PA, CT, MA, and RI.
This year marked a dramatic rise in stop loss deductible levels. Most respondents cover prescription drug costs under stop loss, reflecting the increasingly catastrophic expense associated with specialty medications. Many hospitals continue to maintain a specialty drug tier.
Results also indicated that hospitals are using a variety of methods to control costs, particularly with spousal surcharges. The percentage of hospitals requiring a surcharge for spouses with other coverage doubled from 2015 to 2016. This trend in limiting spousal coverage reinforces that spouses on average cost 20% or more than employees.
Wellness plans experienced continued success, with more than three-fourths of hospitals offering some type of wellness program. Many more participants reported their level of employee engagement this year and are utilizing wellness program data.
The 2016 Benefits Survey of Hospitals is only available to participants; the survey itself is not for sale. However, we are happy to provide select highlights to interested healthcare organizations. If you are interested in participating in 2017, please fill out the form to the right.