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Broward Health Settles With Former CEO

The kickback allegations are in relation to orthopedic surgeon contracts for on-call emergency department rotation.

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August 6, 2019
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2019 Benchmarks Reveal Physician Pay Trends

Our 2019 report highlights the growing significance of physician contracts as a major component of hospital spending, with particular growth in payment for hospital-based physician services such as hospitalists, intensivists and laborists.

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Posted on
April 18, 2019
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Physician Contract Strategy

Make a Call Coverage Payment Strategy

Organizations that lack policies about when to pay for ED coverage run the risk of making decisions that aren’t always strategic.

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Posted on
December 21, 2018
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Multiple Payment Methods for Call Coverage

Despite the advantages of per diem rates, nearly 30% of call coverage contracts include multiple payment methods.

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Posted on
July 17, 2018
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Multiple Payment Methods for Call Coverage

According to MD Ranger's database of more than 33,000 physician contracts, more than 70% of call coverage contracts are paid by a per diem rate.

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Posted on
July 17, 2018
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Cost Management

Coverage Spending by Facility Size

When it comes to physician contracting expenses at hospitals and health systems, call coverage contracts often make up a significant percent of the total spending. As common sense would suggest, larger facilities pay more for call coverage than smaller facilities.

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Posted on
July 10, 2018
Medical Direction Contracts
Hospital-Based
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How Children's Hospitals Differ from General Acute Care Facilities

Pediatric facilities understandably have a specific set of patients and, as a result, they have different physician contracting needs than most hospitals.‍

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Posted on
July 3, 2018
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Trends in General Surgery Call Coverage

While cases where physician compensation benchmarks change rapidly from year to year certainly garner more attention, it can be insightful to examine when the opposite is true as well.

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Posted on
June 26, 2018
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Trends in General Surgery Call Coverage

While cases where physician compensation benchmarks change rapidly from year to year certainly garner more attention, it can be insightful to examine when the opposite is true as well.

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Posted on
June 26, 2018
Compliance
Cost Management
ED Call Coverage

Alternatives to Per Diem Payments for Call Coverage

Over the past decade, spending for physician expenditures as a percent of total hospital operating expenditures has grown over 40% according to OSHPD data. Costs will escalate when a hospital starts to compensate one specialty, which will create a domino effect with others.

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Posted on
June 12, 2018
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Alternatives to Per Diem Payments for Call Coverage

Over the past decade, spending for physician expenditures as a percent of total hospital operating expenditures has grown over 40% according to OSHPD data.

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Posted on
June 12, 2018
ED Call Coverage
Medical Direction Contracts
Compliance
Cost Management

Multi-Campus Physician Contracts: Impact on Payment Rates and Time Requirements

MD Ranger data strongly suggests the benefits of multi-facility physician contracts as an important strategy for controlling costs.

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Posted on
May 8, 2018
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What's Ahead for Physician Emergency Call Coverage

Call coverage agreements comprise a staggering portion of many hospitals’ physician spending costs. How did we get here and what does the future hold for call coverage compensation?

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April 10, 2018
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Medical Direction Contracts

Do Stroke Centers Pay More?

MD Ranger’s analysis shows that call coverage benchmarks for accredited stroke centers are higher than benchmarks for non-stroke centers.

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Posted on
February 27, 2018
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Do Stroke Centers Pay More?

A question we often receive is whether hospitals with accredited stroke centers pay more for call coverage and medical directorships than other facilities.

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Posted on
February 27, 2018
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Frequency of Call Coverage Holiday Rates

Are holidays any different? We found a measurable difference in payment rates when differential rates are paid for weekends and holidays with an important caveat

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Posted on
December 19, 2017
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Frequency of Call Coverage Holiday Rates

We sometimes see differential payment rates for weekend and weekday coverage shifts. Are holidays any different?

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Posted on
December 19, 2017
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Psychiatry Call Coverage Shows Largest Percent Growth in Per Diem Payments

We’ll examine which medical and surgical physician specialties have seen the largest percent growth in their per diem call coverage payments, comparing MD Ranger’s 2017 physician contracting benchmarks to 2009’s benchmarks.

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Posted on
November 4, 2017
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Overall Trauma Centers Spend More on Physician Compensation

In addition to looking at physician contract benchmarks for call coverage, medical direction, and hospital-based agreements, MD Ranger examines aggregate spending on physician contracts at the facility level.

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Posted on
October 31, 2017
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Medical Direction Contracts

Emergency Medicine Medical Directors Top the Charts for Most Hours Worked

Let’s look at medical directorship agreements and examine which services reported the highest median hours worked per year.

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Posted on
September 18, 2017
ED Call Coverage

Plastic Surgery Shows Largest Call Coverage Per Diem Growth

Explore which call coverage agreements have had the largest dollar increases in their median call coverage rates since 2009

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Posted on
September 5, 2017
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Call Coverage Rates Remain High for Trauma Services

Trauma Neurosurgery, the largest individual call coverage per diem rate, is more than double those of the fourth place service (neurosurgery) and nearly three times those of the fifth place service (OB Anesthesia)

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Posted on
August 29, 2017
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Using Market Data for Commercial Reasonableness in Call Coverage Agreements

In this post, we’re going to focus on looking at which specialties are most likely to be paid call coverage and how that information can be used to evaluate commercial reasonableness.

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Posted on
August 22, 2017
Cost Management
Hospital-Based
Medical Direction Contracts
ED Call Coverage

Hospital Characteristics Impact Physician Compensation Rates

Though rates at the individual service level remain relatively stable year over year, overall physician costs paid by hospitals have skyrocketed in the last decade.

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Posted on
August 23, 2016
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Hospital Characteristics Impact Physician Compensation Rates

At the individual contract level, several factors consistently correlate with higher contract rates

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Posted on
August 23, 2016
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Do My Peer Hospitals Pay for Call Coverage?

Stark Law not only requires that physicians be paid fair market value, but that the payment be commercially reasonable

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Posted on
July 7, 2015
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5 Hospital and Contract Characteristics That Influence Contract Rates

Negotiating a new physician contract payment rate or even renewing an existing contract can be challenging.

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Posted on
April 7, 2015
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Paying for Call Coverage Using Combination Payments

It is not uncommon for hospitals to experience a cascade effect once they start compensating for call coverage

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Posted on
March 17, 2015
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Paying for Call Coverage Using Combination Payments

It is not uncommon for hospitals to experience a cascade effect once they start compensating for call coverage.

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Posted on
March 17, 2015
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Paying for Call Coverage with Per Episode Payments

It is not uncommon for hospitals to experience a cascade effect once they start compensating for call coverage.

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Posted on
March 10, 2015
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Uncompensated Care Payments for Call Coverage

Physicians are often concerned that the burden of carrying a beeper isn't worth the limited revenue associated with coverage

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Posted on
March 3, 2015
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Uncompensated Care Payments for Call Coverage

Despite the increasing pressure to pay for emergency coverage across multiple specialties, it is possible to find middle ground with physicians on this issue that addresses the physicians' need to be recognized for the time and service and the hospital's need for coverage. Here are some suggestions to consider for your organization.

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Posted on
March 3, 2015
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Alternatives to Call Coverage Per Diems

For every 100 bed increase in ADC, a physician receives 25% more for call coverage and 14% more for medical direction.

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Posted on
August 5, 2014
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How Will ACA Affect Physician Call and Administrative Rates?

No doubt about it, hospitals have been spending more on physician coverage and administrative payments than they have in the past.

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Posted on
March 4, 2014
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What Specialties are Least Likely to Be Paid for Call?

Given that physician contracting dollars are, on average, 4-6% of a hospital’s operating budget (excluding employed physicians), providing emergency coverage is a huge expense.

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Posted on
February 25, 2014
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Which Physician Specialties Are Called Most Frequently for Emergency Coverage? Written by Super User on February 18, 2014.

Understanding the specialties who are called most frequently is an important variable to consider.

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Posted on
February 18, 2014
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Most Expensive Physician Call Coverage Positions

What impact does call coverage make on your overall spending?

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Posted on
February 11, 2014
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Tis the Season: Paying Physicians Holiday Coverage Rates

Does your organization pay physicians above and beyond to take call over the holidays?

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Posted on
December 23, 2013