This excerpt taken from the UNH DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2009.
Use of Tally Sheets and Wealth Accumulation Analysis
When making compensation decisions, the Compensation Committee reviews tally sheet information for each of our named executive officers. These tally sheets are prepared by management and quantify the elements of each named executive officers total compensation, including base salary, annual cash incentive awards and long-term cash incentive awards, stock ownership levels, value of benefits provided, 401(k) and deferred compensation balances and three-year reported compensation
on Form W-2. The tally sheets also include a summary of all equity awards previously granted to each named executive officer, the gain realized from past vesting or exercise of equity awards and the projected value of accumulated equity awards based upon various stock appreciation scenarios. This is done to more effectively analyze not only the amount of compensation each named executive officer has accumulated to date, but also to better understand the amount the named executive officer could accumulate in the future.
At the request of the Compensation Committee, in September 2008, Semler Brossy performed a review to determine how targeted compensation awards for named executive officers compared to realized compensation during the period from 2005 through 2008. This analysis showed that the then current intrinsic value of those awards were well below their original targeted value, demonstrating alignment with shareholders given the performance of the Companys stock during this period.