Primary Care Physician Compensation Grows 5.2% in 2011

Primary care physicians witnessed a 5.16 percent increase in median compensation last year as healthcare reform continues to put a larger emphasis on preventive care, according to the MGMA Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Data.

"There appears to be a growing focus on primary care providers in anticipation of new methodologies in payment, a focus on coordination of care and the imperative to control utilization and costs in the system, said Michael Nochomovitz, MD, president of University Hospitals Physician Services in Cleveland, in a news release. "There is increasing employment of physicians by integrated delivery systems and hospitals, which may also explain these shifts in compensation for primary care physicians."

Family physicians without obstetrics made an average of $200,114, while pediatric and adolescent physicians earned almost $204,000 in median pay.

Some specialists, including radiologists, anesthesiologists and psychiatrists, reported median growth in compensation year-over-year, but the gains were modest compared with past years. Some specialists, such as nephrologists, gynecologists and radiation oncologists, witnessed slight declines in average compensation.

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