News Roundup: Doc Pay, Quality Reporting, and a Tough New Law

Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media , May 1, 2014

On-call Doc Pay Depends on Size
A new survey of 2,513 providers shows that compensation for physicians who are on-call varies depending on the location and the size of the practice. Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) issued its findings this week. Primary care physicians and nonsurgical specialists earn the highest daily rate in the western region of the U.S. PCPs earn $1,103/day in that region; nonsurgical specialists earn $750. Surgical specialists report earning the highest daily rate of $838 in south. All three earn the least in the Midwest.

The size of the practice also affects the on-call rate paid to physicians and specialists. MGMA's survey shows surgical specialists get paid more if they're providing coverage in a practice with 75 or more full-time physicians while the opposite is true of nonsurgical specialists.

Another key finding of the survey, which looked at data from 2013, is that 37% of those who responded reported not getting paid for their on-call coverage, and of those who aren't paid, a little over one-third are given additional time off instead of pay (33%).

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