Median on-call compensation for general surgeons increased to $1,150 per day in 2010 from $905 in 2009, according to the Medical Group Management Association's Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data, released Wednesday.
MGMA: On-call comp pay rises
On-call compensation varied widely based on physicians' specialties. Invasive cardiologists had the highest median compensation rate at $1,600 per day on call. Urologists, at the low end of the scale, earned a median of $520 per day on call, although that rate nearly doubled from 2009, when they earned $283 per day.
Practice type and size also affected compensation rate, according to the report, which is not available electronically. Obstetrician-gynecologists in single-specialty practices, for example, earned $500 per day on call; their counterparts in multispecialty practices earned $250 per day. Doctors in larger practices earned more too: General surgeons practicing in groups with 26-75 full-time equivalent positions earned $1,475 per day versus $1,000 per day for those practicing in groups of 25 or fewer full-time equivalent doctors.
"Despite the variability of on-call compensation based on location, specialty, group size and other factors, physicians now are more likely to be compensated for on-call coverage than in the past, and that amount is increasing year to year," said Jeffrey Milburn, a consultant with the MGMA Health Care Consulting Group, in an e-mailed news release.
More than one-third (35%) of doctors who reported receiving on-call compensation said they were compensated daily, and 21% said they were compensated annually.
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