A Better-Than-Ever Incentive
New ways to benefit from the Total Health Incentive Plan
It’s empowered thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees to take charge of their health; it’s helped build stronger, healthier unit-based teams; and it’s put extra money in the pockets of frontline workers.
Now the 2016 Total Health Incentive Plan (THIP), which rewards eligible employees for collectively improving or maintaining their health and wellness in each region, is even better. Under the 2015 National Agreement, this benefit—bargained for and created in 2012 by KP and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions—has been updated with input from frontline workers, managers and union leaders. Participation remains voluntary and confidential.
Changes to the plan include:
- The Total Health Assessment (THA) is no longer part of the plan, although it is still available as an online tool for KP members and employees.
- There is now just one “gate” employees must meet to qualify for a bonus. Eligible employees must be up to date, collectively, on six health screenings—body mass index (BMI); blood pressure; smoking; and breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.
Health screenings goal
If more employees in a region are up to date on those six screenings by the end of 2016, compared to year-end 2015, all eligible employees will get a bonus of up to $150.
Health improvement goals
Once a region meets the health screening goal, eligible employees can earn up to an additional $350 by achieving different health improvement goals. There are three ways to get a bonus:
- BMI: Eligible employees can earn up to $250 if their region collectively maintains or improves its average BMI across the eligible employee population.
- Blood pressure: Eligible employees can earn an additional $50 if their region shows a collective average improvement of at least 1 percentage point in the number of eligible employees with healthy blood pressure.
- Smoking: Eligible employees can earn an additional $50 if their region shows a collective average improvement of at least 1 percentage point in the number of eligible employees not smoking.
Achievement of each health improvement goal will be determined by comparing regional results measured at year-end 2015 to the results measured at year-end 2016.
More incentive for teams
The 2015 National Agreement also gives teams more reason—and resources—to stay healthy. To achieve a top, Level 5 rating, unit-based teams must demonstrate a culture of health and safety. New UBT Health and Safety Champions, now in place in most UBTs, are encouraging their teams to undertake health and safety improvement projects, including projects that can help meet THIP goals. (See below for more information.)
“THIP rewards your body, your team and your pocketbook,” says Holly Craft-Moreno, a medical assistant at Panorama City Medical Center, an SEIU-UHW member and Total Health Labor Lead for Southern California. “It’s all carrots and no sticks.”
“Nowhere else are people being rewarded in this way for taking care of themselves. And, in the past three years, we’ve learned how to make it even better. We’re going back to grassroots, making health a team sport with things like healthy eating, walking more, Instant Recess® and building a culture of health for all of us.”
See details of the Total Health Incentive Plan.
Download the full text of the 2015 National Agreement.