Almost two-thirds (62%) of healthcare providers receive some form of additional compensation for on-call coveragemostly in the form of a daily stipend or hourly ratewith compensation rates varying by specialty, group size and region, according to a new report by the Medical Group Management Association which surveyed online 317 medical practices representing 2,536 providers.
The survey, titled the Medical Directorship/On-Call Compensation Report," marks the first time the MGMA polled its members on this topic, and it found that 70% of providers in hospital-owned group practices received additional compensation, compared to 58% of providers in practices not owned by hospitals.
At $2,000 a day, neurosurgeons reported the highest daily compensation for oncall coverage, while pediatricians and urologists received $895 and $500 respectively.
"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," said Jeffrey Milburn with, MGMA Health Care Consulting Group in a news release. "Hospitals are realizing they must compensate group-practice physicians for on-call duties."