Blog | Wednesday, June 6, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Internists get median of $1,000 daily stipend for on-call coverage


Physicians in internal medicine reported a median daily stipend of $1,000 while hospitalists received a median of $234.

For comparison, noninvasive cardiologists earned $650 in median compensation per day of on-call coverage. Anesthesiologists reported $1,500 and physicians in family medicine (without OB) earned a $100 for days on-call, according to the included in the MGMA Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Data.

Almost 30% of physicians got a daily stipend for on-call coverage. Stipends varied by type of call, frequency of contact, supply of providers, and the individual market profile, as well as medical group type. Neurological surgeons in single-specialty practices reported receiving $800 more per day in median on-call compensation than their counterparts in multispecialty practices. Invasive-interventional cardiologists reported earning 30% more in single-specialty practices than in multispecialty practices. Anesthesiologists in multispecialty practices reported $760 more in median on-call compensation per day than those in single-specialty practices.

General surgeons reported a median daily on-call compensation rate of $920 in the Eastern region, $500 in the Midwest, $854 in the Southern region, and $1,000 in the Western region. Neurological surgeons earned between $1,600 and $1,830, depending upon the region in which their practice was located.