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AMGA: 8 statistics on medical group executive compensation

For leaders of U.S. medical groups, compensation driven by performance incentives beyond base salary rose for several top C-suite positions over 2016, according to a survey distributed by the American Medical Group Association.

AMGA gathered data from 55 medical groups across the U.S, which represented 1,300-plus incumbents. About 63 percent of incumbents were from system-affiliated groups, while 37 percent represented independent groups. The majority (73 percent) of incumbents in the survey belong to groups of more than 100 full-time equivalent physicians.

The survey found national median total cash compensation for physician CEOs increased by 7.5 percent, 11.1 percent for non-physician CEOs and 7.2 percent for COOs. The survey also revealed other traditional C-suite positions saw increases of up to 4.4 percent at median.

When analyzing compensation for executive roles, the survey indicated the median "earned bonus-to-base ratio," which measures the proportion of compensation driven by performance incentives spanning beyond base salary, increased for several executive roles over 2016.

Here are eight statistics on medical group executive compensation, listed according to median earned bonus-to-base ratio from 2016 and 2017.

CEO (physician)
2017 ratio: 22.7 percent
2016 ratio: 18.2 percent

CEO (non-physician)
2017 ratio: 24.9 percent
2016 ratio: 20 percent

CFO
2017 ratio: 19.6 percent
2016 ratio: 15.7 percent

COO
2017 ratio: 21.9 percent
2016 ratio: 15 percent

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