For specialists, these new findings reflect ones issued earlier this year in MGMA's larger compensation survey.
MGMA's Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data, issued earlier this year, found that specialty-care physicians in practices not owned by hospitals reported higher compensation than those in hospital-owned practices.
The median compensation for a specialty-care physician in a not-hospital-owned practice was 25.5 percent greater. In addition, hospital-owned groups reported greater compensation per work RVU. This, according to MGMA, suggests that the differences in compensation for these physicians may be the result of production.
In contrast, the Physician Compensation and Production Survey found that practice ownership had little impact on primary care compensation: The difference was less than 0.4 percent.
The scope of the survey could account for the differences. MGMA's Cost Survey for Integrated Delivery System Practices: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data contains data on 1,002 IDS practices. The Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data includes data on nearly 60,000 providers.