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Journal of ASPR - Summer 2013 - Quality measures emerging as comp component
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MGMA reports first-time connection between pay and patient satisfaction

Quality measures emerging as comp component

By Liz Boten, Media Relations Representative, MGMA

Quality measures appear to be a small yet emerging component of total compensation for physicians. According to the MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data, primary care physicians reported that three percent of their total compensation was based upon measures of quality. Specialists reported that two percent of their total compensation was based upon quality metrics. For the first time in a national survey of this size, MGMA-ACMPE gathered and reported data within the Physician Compensation Report regarding quality and patient satisfaction metrics. Though these percentages are small, the association has identified this trend and expects that physician compensation will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures. Physicians responding to the MGMA survey also reported that patient satisfaction played a small role in their compensation, likely a result of the industry’s shift toward patient-centered care. “Quality and patient satisfaction metrics are not yet dominant components of physician compensation plans right now, however, as reimbursement models continue to shift, the small changes we’ve observed recently will gain momentum,” explained Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACMPE, FACP, MGMA-ACMPE president and CEO. “It’s encouraging to see physician practices invested in patient-centered care and continuing to seek ways to better incorporate quality and experience into compensation methodologies.”

The report also indicated that median compensation for physicians fluctuated by specialty. Primary care physicians reported $216,462 in median compensation, and specialists reported $388,199 in median compensation (both figures have been adjusted for inflation).

The MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey Report offers detailed information, rigorous in-house data validation and analysis. This year’s report provides data on more than 60,100 providers — the largest provider population of any physician compensation survey in the United States. The 2013 report includes data for physicians and non-physician providers in more than 170 specialties, including demographic categories ranging from geographic region and practice setting (in small, medium, and large groups) to years in specialty and majority ownership.

The information is available on DataDive, an easy-to-use web-based format that allows users to access and drill down data for analysis as well as a printed report. An additional physician compensation resource for physicians and medical practice professionals includes the MGMA 2013 Annual Conference, Oct 6-9, San Diego. The association also developed the Physician Compensation Decision Pathways Tool, which helps practices create physician compensation plans.

Note: MGMA-ACMPE surveys depend on voluntary participation and may not be representative of the industry. Readers are urged to review the entire survey report when making conclusions regarding trends or other observations.

Contact Liz Boten, media relations representative, at to request data or information about the survey.

Journal of ASPR - Summer 2013

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