SOURCE: ECG Management Consultants, Inc.

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January 05, 2011 08:00 ET

ECG Management Consultants, Inc. Releases Findings From Its Sixth Annual Midwest Provider Compensation, Production, and Benefits Survey

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - ECG Management Consultants, Inc., one of the nation's premier healthcare management consulting firms, today announced the release of its sixth annual Midwest Provider Compensation, Production, and Benefits Survey.

ECG's Midwest provider compensation survey analyzes and reports information from over 3,800 healthcare providers representing 53 physician specialties and 7 midlevel provider specialties in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The survey includes critical data such as compensation-to-production ratios, including work and total relative value units (RVUs) (calculated by ECG from provider-level CPT code data); procedure code distributions; trends in provider recruiting and retention; and specialty-specific benefit and malpractice comparisons. This information, coupled with ECG's interpretation of market trends, enables survey participants to assess their performance relative to the competitive local market.

General findings in the 2010 survey based on 2009 data are as follows:

  • Compensation relative to work RVU production increased for Midwest physicians by 1.9 percent as a result of declining work RVU production of 6.1 percent coupled with compensation reductions of 2.7 percent.

  • Benefit costs remained essentially stable at $35,921 per physician FTE, while benefit expense as a percentage of total compensation fell to 14.1 percent. Organizations continue to shift the cost of health benefits to the provider, with only 5 percent of the organizations covering 100 percent of the health benefit premiums for the provider, spouse, and dependents.

  • The top three recruited specialties in the Midwest include family practice without OB, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Average starting salaries for both family practice without OB and internal medicine were greater than the 2010 median compensation for established physicians within these specialties.

  • Midlevel providers are being recruited by 79 percent of survey organizations predominantly because they are a lower-cost option than physicians, and it is a strategy to address the physician shortage.

  • Investment by health systems in their employed groups increased to over 22 percent of total revenue, compared to approximately 20 percent of total revenue in 2009. Independent medical groups were able to reserve 0.5 percent of total revenue in 2009. 

"ECG's annual Midwest survey provides comprehensive physician and midlevel provider performance trends, including compensation and production benchmarks that are critical to successful provider organizations. Organizations participate in our study year after year in order to have access to consistent, clearly defined benchmarks, as well as data on the latest trends in provider compensation planning, benefits, work standards, hospitalist and midlevel provider practice models, and recruiting," said Ms. Maria C. Hayduk, Senior Manager at ECG and head of its Custom Survey and Proprietary Research practice. 

"I am proud of the surveys we are putting out. They have tremendous breadth and depth. Those who participate understand the value of the information that Maria and her team put together," said Mr. James W. Lord, Principal of ECG's Healthcare - Midwest practice. "We expect the pace of integration to continue to increase, and the information we have in these surveys provides us with a deep understanding of the underlying economics of each specialty that aids our clients in crafting innovative hospital/physician arrangements which recognize the intricacies of movement toward a value-based payment system."

ECG Survey Methodology
The Provider Compensation, Production, and Benefits Surveys are developed in partnership with local healthcare leaders and ECG's physician compensation and production experts. These experts go to extraordinary lengths to ensure data quality and validity. Raw survey data is reviewed by ECG's survey analysts, who identify outliers for verification by the surveys' participants; if data cannot be validated, it is removed. At the conclusion of this process, ECG converts the raw data into succinct, proprietary information.

About ECG Management Consultants, Inc.
ECG offers a broad range of strategic, financial, operational, and technology-related consulting services to healthcare providers. ECG provides specialized expertise in developing and implementing innovative and customized solutions that effectively address hospital/physician relationships, strategic and business planning, specialty program development, information technology, and the complexities of the academic healthcare enterprise. ECG has offices in Boston, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.ecgmc.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ms. Kathryn A. Sweyer
    ECG Management Consultants, Inc.
    Email Contact
    Telephone: 206-689-2200
    Fax: 206-689-2209
    www.ecgmc.com