By Elise Viebeck - 11/14/12 04:00 PM EST
Sharon Cunninghis, a senior partner at Mercer, added in the report, "If we're not already at the tipping point for CDHPs — and we may well be — at this rate of growth it's coming soon."
Mercer went on to call wellness programs "employers' top long-term strategy for controlling health spending." For the third straight year, the survey found a sharp increase in the use of incentives or penalties to encourage employee participation in wellness programs.
Mercer also noted that incentives to participate in wellness programs have become "more substantial," the most common being a reduction in the employee's premium contribution.
The survey has a margin of error of three percentage points. Results represent about 800,000 employers and 104 million employees.