"This new data will prove tremendously helpful to hospitalists and healthcare executives alike," said William Landis, MD, chair of SHM's practice analysis committee. "While it is important to keep in mind that wRVUs cannot measure every work effort, this survey data will definitely support better decisions about how hospitalist practices are resourced, and it will ultimately promote delivering the best possible care to hospitalized patients across the country."
A further breakdown of the data showed that median wRVUs were higher for physicians in practices that were not hospital-owned than for physicians in hospital-owned practices. Physicians working in practices that provide on-call coverage at night generated more wRVUs than physicians working in practices that provide on-site care at night.
Internal medicine hospitalists reported median compensation of $215,000. Family practice hospitalists received $218,066 and pediatric hospitalists reported compensation of $160,038. Compensation varied based on geography, practice teaching status, and practice size.