MGMA Data by Michael Gorback MD


From Forbes magazine:

Primary care physician pay rose slightly to more than $232,000 while specialists’ compensation rose to more than $402,000 as insurers paid them based more on quality of care provided rather than volume.

The latest data from the Medical Group Management Association, the largest organization of doctor practices in the U.S., said median compensation rose to $232,989 in 2013 for primary care doctors while a similarly slight increase for specialists to $402,233. By comparison, MGMA’s 2013 report showed median primary care compensation in 2012 at $220,942 and specialist pay at $396,233.

Though doctors are still operating largely in a fee-for-service environment, that is rapidly changing as insurers , employers and government health programs under the Affordable Care Act move doctor compensation away from a traditional system that rewards providers with fees no matter the outcome to rewards based on quality, transparency and accountability.

MGMA said primary care doctors who “indicated they were not part of an accountable care organization or a patient-centered medical home” reported an average of 5.96 percent of their compensation in 2012 was based on quality measures. Meanwhile, specialists reported that 5.7 percent of their compensation was based on quality metrics.

What is the color of the sky on that planet?  The FP’s I know are barely keeping their heads above water. I’m making half what I used to.

(Editor’s Note:  I agree.  Even worse is reading the “administralian” speak:  quality, transparency and accountability).

Douglas Farrago MD

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  3 comments for “MGMA Data by Michael Gorback MD

  1. July 8, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I wonder if this is using the data from the Next Big Thing – contract employment of physicians. There’s a huge difference between contract bottom-line reimbursement, and gross salary take-home pay. If you’re quoting a figure before the unemployment, FICA, benefits, etc., you can generate some awfully big numbers.

  2. politovski
    July 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    who the hell is making >$200,000 working 5 days a week in the office? i don’t know anyone who is making that. where are these average primary care docs? i think that they are including the IM specialty physician salaries in that and using surgeon salaries for specialists. this seems to be grossly over estimated. or perhaps this is what administrators perceive that we are paid…

  3. Pat
    July 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Is this some sort of weird recruiting attempt? Or maybe that primary care average is gross, before overhead … it’s certainly before spending between $50 – 250 k for a mandated EMR. I can hear ’em laughing all the way to the next ICD update conference, hahahahaha, suckers…

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