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Pay for Physician CIOs, CMIOs Spikes 18%

By Debra Shute  
   November 08, 2016

While not expected to reach pre-recession levels anytime soon, physician executive pay continues to rise steadily, survey finds.

Despite the healthcare industry's recent emphasis on cost containment, including executive compensation, physician leaders' pay is up 8% since 2013, according to the 10th biennial Physician Leadership Compensation Survey, released by Cejka Executive Search and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

While this overall increase still lags pre-recession two-year growth rates of 12% reported in 2007, physician leaders in technology roles such as chief information officer (CIO) or chief medical information officer (CMIO) saw their compensation jump 18% ($372,500 vs. $315,000) from 2013 to 2016.

"Physicians in these transformative roles are often tasked with 'connecting the dots' across the organization and care continuum to achieve the greater efficiency and effectiveness of care required by newer reimbursement models, including population health management and accountable care," Joyce Tucker, Cejka Executive Search executive vice president and managing principal, said in an statement accompanying the survey results.

The self-reported compensation data collected from 2,353 physician leaders also revealed the following differences in median compensation:

  • Emerging C-suite roles, such as physician in chief, chief strategy officer, chief transformational officer, chief innovation officer and chief integration officer: $499,000 vs. $469,000, up 6%
  • Chief executive officer/president: $437,500 vs. $410,000, up 7%
  • Chief medical officer: $388,000 vs. $365,000, up 6%
  • Chief quality/patient safety officer: $375,000 vs. $375,000

Debra Shute is the Senior Physicians Editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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