New payment methodologies may be driving compensation increases of around 5% or higher for primary-care physicians, according to the new MGMA publication "Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Data."
Median earnings for primary-care doctors increased around 5.2%, with internists seeing a 5% compensation boost to $215,689. The median compensation for pediatric/adolescent medicine physicians was $203,948, according to the report; for family medicine physicians, it was $200,114.
"There appears to be a growing focus on primary-care providers in anticipation of new methodologies in payment, a focus on coordination of care, and the imperative to control utilization and costs in the system," Dr. Michael Nochomovitz, president of University Hospitals Physician Services in Cleveland, said in an MGMA news release. "There is increasing employment of physicians by integrated delivery systems and hospitals, which may also explain these shifts in compensation for primary-care physicians."