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Survey: Median Compensation up for Hospitalists

October 25, 2011

Hospitalists in adult medicine reported an increase in median compensation from $215,000 to $220,619 in 2010, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM’s) State of Hospital Medicine: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data.

Pediatric hospitalists also reported an increase in median compensation: from $160,038 in 2009 to $171,617 in 2010, an increase of 7.2 percent. Though hospitalists earned more in 2010, they also reported higher productivity. The annual median adult hospitalist physician work relative value unit (wRVU) rate was 4,166, a 1.4 percent increase over last year.

“I think that’s a reflection of the market and demand for hospitalists, and the value that hospitals and other healthcare payors see that hospitalists bring,” says William “Tex” Landis, MD, FHM, medical director of Wellspan Hospitalists in York, Pa., and chair of SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee.

Additionally, the amount of compensation by compensation structure varied, according to report findings. Adult hospitalists with 50 percent base salary or less reported median compensation of $288,154, while adult hospitalists with 51-70 percent base salary reported median compensation of $249,250. Adult hospitalists who reported 71-90 percent base salary earned $213,542 in median compensation, and those with 91 to 99 percent base salary reported $221,270 in median compensation. Adult hospitalists with 100 percent base salary earned $205,003.

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