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5 Trends in Physician Nonclinical Stipends

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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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