On-Call Coverage Payments Increased 4% in 2010

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Payment rates for on-call coverage increased 4 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, according to the 2010-2011 Physician Contract Benchmarks Reports by MD Ranger.

The report found several factors that influence on-call payment:

- Trauma status had an average 26 percent premium to coverage rate.
- On-site coverage increased payment rates by an average of 35 percent.
- Restricted coverage increased payment rates by an average of 19 percent.
- Each additional increase of 10 occupied beds in a hospital's average daily census increased payment 1.2 percent.

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