5 Trends in Physician Nonclinical Stipends

As physicians take on more administrative and nonclinical duties, compensation levels and stipends for those duties continue to change, according to the Medical Group Management Association's Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Data.

MGMA's survey contains data on nearly 1,400 medical directors in 266 medical organizations. Here are five of the trends from the survey.

•    Primary care medical directors responsible for community relations and/or strategic development reported higher median annual stipends than other primary care medical directors. Those involved in community relations reported an annual average stipend of $25,000.

•    Surgical specialty medical directors responsible for documentation and care planning, quality monitoring and/or physician relations reported a median stipend of $36,000 per year.

•    Nonsurgical subspecialists with "providers of last resort/call availability" and/or regulation, licensure and credentialing responsibilities had a median stipend of $44,586 per year — the highest of all nonsurgical subspecialists.

•    Roughly 50 percent of all respondents said they spent less than six hours per week on nonclinical directorship activities.

•    Pulmonary medicine medical directors reported an 80 percent difference in compensation based on whether their duties involved quality measures and monitoring.

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