Database and Security
MD Ranger benchmarks are based on a database of physician contract information. The database is made up of subscriber data, as well as proprietary data drawn from our partner firms’ fair market value opinions and consulting. Subscribers submit their data through a secure online platform that collects information on call coverage, administrative, and hospital-based service contracts.
The MD Ranger database allows us to provide ongoing identification of trends and factors affecting contract terms such as geography, scope of services, and historical rates.
MD Ranger captures hospital characteristics to allow statistical analysis of factors that affect payment terms to help facilities evaluate physician fair market value.
Other demographics included in MD Ranger's database are: hospital size, location, census, ownership, trauma status, and teaching status.
MD Ranger also collects:
- Whether a service is offered, but a physician is not paid
- Depth of coverage
- Type of payment received (per diem, collection guarantee, per episode)
- Payment, if any, for patients without insurance
- Restrictions on a physician's practice while on-call
- 24-hour in-house coverage requirements
- Single hospital or multi-campus coverage
- Minimum and maximum number of hours per month or year
- Hourly, monthly, or annual payment rates
- Maximum annual compensation
- Payments for attending meetings, chairing committees
MD Ranger is designed around the best security practices to ensure confidentiality of data.
- The HTTP Secure protocol (https) is used for all MD Ranger data collection and analysis
- SSL Server Certificates that support AES 256-bit encryption
- All pages encrypted for transmission
- Administrator and developer access is restricted to trusted IP addresses
- MySQL version 5 database software and PHP 5 application software
- Server access firewalled
- Twice-daily backups
COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS
MD Ranger's data is collected and reported in compliance with the Antitrust Safety Zone (Statement 6) published by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
- The data are more than three months old
- Any statistic reported contains data from at least 5 providers, with no provider contributing more than 20 percent of any statistic on a weighted basis (provider defined as one hospital corporation or health system, not physician or facility)
- Statistics are aggregated to prevent the identification of individual contract prices or specific providers