You have to draw the line somewhere, the saying goes, and medical practices in North Carolina are reportedly asking the Medical Group Management Association to redraw one of theirs.
For its annual physician compensation survey, the MGMA tracks pay for 110 medical specialties and shows compensation levels at the median, 25th, 75th and 90th percentiles. Comparisons are also possible between the East, Midwest, South and West regions of the country. The MGMA puts North Carolina in the East and, with a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, it’s hard to argue with that placement. But, apparently, physicians in the South are getting paid more than docs in the East, and that’s causing problems for North Carolina.
William Jessee, MGMA’s president and CEO, reports that health plans and other folks who make a living calculating a physician’s fair market value are saying North Carolina doctors are overpaid compared with their Eastern Seaboard peers. Outliers supposes the North Carolina docs could take their case to court or talk radio, but they’ve taken it to the MGMA instead.
Their proposed solution? Redraw the regional map and move North Carolina into the South. Meanwhile, South Dakota and West Virginia may be studying their options.