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MGMA: Salaries Static, Responsibilities Rise

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2010

Compensation for practice management administrators held steady or saw only modest gains in 2009, according to Medical Group Management Association’s Management Compensation Survey: 2010 Report based on 2009 data.

Administrators with seven to 25 full-time-equivalent physicians earned 0.3% less, while their counterparts with 26 or more FTE physicians reported a 2.3% increase in compensation, the survey found.

Though compensation was generally static for most practice management professionals, some positions made gains in 2009 by taking on more responsibility, including:

  • Assistant administrator
  • COO
  • Office manager
  • Human resources director
  • Nursing services director

“Clinical integration and greater complexity in healthcare appeared to drive salary increases for certain medical practice management professionals,” says William F. Jessee, MD, MGMA president/CEO. “These professionals likely took on a broader scope of responsibility in their positions as a result of continued economic pressures and changes in the healthcare environment.”

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