This excerpt taken from the UNH DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2009.
Role of Management and CEO in Determining Executive Compensation
While the Compensation Committee has the responsibility to approve and monitor all compensation for our named executive officers, management plays an important role in determining executive compensation. At the Compensation Committees request, management recommends appropriate enterprise-wide financial and non-financial performance goals. Management works with the Compensation Committee to establish the agenda and prepare meeting information for each Compensation Committee meeting. Our CEO assists the Compensation Committee by providing his evaluation of the performance of the named executive officers who report directly to him and recommends compensation levels for such named executive officers. Our CEO does not, however, make recommendations regarding or participate in the determination of his own compensation.