Report shows that salaries were either flat or declining for most
CRANBURY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medical Economics®, a multimedia platform that provides
resources for physicians that include practice management, health
technology and expert voices, releases its 90th annual Physician Report,
which discusses the results of its annual salary survey.
The results show that for just over half of physicians (52%),
compensation was about the same as last year. Income dropped for more
than one-fourth (26%) of physicians responding to the survey. About 22%
of respondents reported a boost in compensation.
For 2018, salaries were either flat or declined for most physicians. The
pressure to maintain current compensation levels is becoming more
difficult due to time pressure to see more patients and lower
reimbursement rates, physicians report.
“We had 1,300 physicians participating in this nationwide survey,” said
Daniel Verdon, vice president of content and strategy for MultiMedia
Healthcare, LLC. “This survey, with a 90-year history, provides accurate
benchmarks on compensation for primary care and many other
subspecialties. It also delivers insightful feedback from physicians on
important topics like malpractice insurance, work-life balance, and
More than 70% of physicians pointed to uncompensated tasks, such as
prior authorizations, as primary reasons for lost productivity and
revenue. Other reasons include:
- Higher overhead.
- Lower reimbursement.
- Greater technology costs.
- Government regulations.
- Difficulty collecting from.
- Penalties from quality metrics.
Some of the top reasons for improved finances:
- Seeing more patients.
- Change in practice model.
- Receiving pay-for-performance.
- Renegotiated payer contracts.
- Addition of ancillary services.
Salary results are presented for physicians in private practice,
hospital-owned practice, in-patient hospitals, nonprofits and
government. Specialties and subspecialties in this report include
internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, cardiology,
obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology and urology.
Data was collected during November 2018. The margin of error is 3
percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For the survey results,
go to http://www.medicaleconomics.com/physicianreport.
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