MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures

John Commins, June 14, 2013

Primary care physicians have 3% of their total compensation based on quality measures, but doctors will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures, Medical Group Management Association data suggests.

Quality measures are emerging as components in physicians' compensation, a trend is expected to grow as value-based reimbursements gradually supplant fee-for-service, volume-based models, a new survey from the Medical Group Management Association shows.

The Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data examined data on more than 60,100 physicians, and found that primary care physicians and specialists reported that 3% and 2%, respectively, of their total compensation was based on quality measures.

Although the percentages are small, MGMA's Todd Evenson says physician compensation will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures.


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"Really what we are seeing is the very front end for many organizations as they start to address under the Affordable Care Act and the commercial environment value based reimbursement. Ultimately those components of quality and satisfaction will become an ever-emerging component of reimbursement," says Evenson, MGMA's director of data solutions."

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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