“Historically, on-call duties have been sporadically compensated by hospitals. However, we’re seeing more hospitals compensating physicians and we’re seeing hospitals paying more. Hospitals are realizing they must compensate group-practice physicians for on-call duties,” said Jeffrey Milburn, MBA, CMPE, consultant, MGMA Health Care Consulting Group.
Neurological surgeons reported the highest daily compensation for on-call duties ($2,000), compared with pediatricians ($895) and urologists ($500). Physicians in multispecialty groups reported higher compensation for on-call coverage than their peers in single-specialty groups. This trend also occurs in cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and family practice. Only neurological specialists reported a higher daily rate for on-call compensation in a single-specialty group ($2,850) than in a multispecialty group ($1,450).
Variations emerged regionally in on-call compensation. Neurosurgeons in the eastern region of the
David Taylor, FACMPE, FACHE, a member of the MGMA Survey Advisory Committee, said, “A number of factors drive these trends. As a result, we believe there will be a growing demand from physician groups, hospitals and health systems for the data in this survey report.”
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