MGMA and SHM Survey: Median compensation up slightly for hospitalists

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Sept. 28, 2011—Hospitalists in adult medicine reported an increase in median compensation from $215,000 to $220,619 in 2010, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM's) State of Hospital Medicine: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data.

Pediatric hospitalists also reported an increase in median compensation: from $160,038 in 2009 to $171,617 in 2010, an increase of 7.2 percent. Though hospitalists earned more in 2010, they also reported higher productivity. The annual median adult hospitalist physician work relative value unit (wRVU) rate was 4,166, a 1.4 percent increase over last year.

“I think that’s a reflection of the market and demand for hospitalists, and the value that hospitals and other healthcare payors see that hospitalists bring,” says William “Tex” Landis, MD, FHM, medical director of Wellspan Hospitalists in York, Pa., and chair of SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee.

Additionally, the amount of compensation by compensation structure varied, according to report findings. Adult hospitalists with 50 percent base salary or less reported median compensation of $288,154, while adult hospitalists with 51-70 percent base salary reported median compensation of $249,250. Adult hospitalists who reported 71-90 percent base salary earned $213,542 in median compensation, and those with 91 to 99 percent base salary reported $221,270 in median compensation. Adult hospitalists with 100 percent base salary earned $205,003.

"Hospitalist medicine continues to be one of the fastest-growing medical specialties, and many of these physicians are directly employed by hospitals," said Jeffrey B. Milburn, MBA, CMPE, MGMA Health Care Consulting Group. “The compensation methodology is still evolving, which provides increased potential for hospitalists to negotiate from a straight base salary to base salary-plus–incentive program based on production and quality metrics. Since this data indicates hospitalists with a higher percentage of base salary earn less median compensation, it’s important for both the physician and the hospital system to understand and balance the relationship between compensation and productivity.”

The State of Hospital Medicine: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data contains information on 4,633 hospitalists in 412 groups and 726 academic hospitalists in 68 academic hospital medicine practices. It is the second annual collaboration between MGMA and Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) on data for the State of Hospital Medicine report. The 2011 report also includes group-level data on compensation methodology, group size and staffing mix, turnover and growth, staffing models and financial support received.

Note: The MGMA-SHM survey depends on voluntary participation and may not be representative of the industry. Readers are urged to review the entire survey report when making conclusions regarding trends or other observations.

Editorial copies of the report are available to members of the media who qualify. Please contact media relations representatives Liz Boten at or Brendon Shank at to request an editorial copy. Click here to purchase a copy of the report. 

About MGMA
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources, and political advocacy for medical practice management. Today, MGMA’s 22,500 members lead 13,600 organizations nationwide in which some 280,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the healthcare services delivered in the United States.

MGMA’s mission is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent. MGMA promotes the group practice model as the optimal framework for healthcare delivery, assisting group practices in providing efficient, safe, patient-focused and affordable care. The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) is the standard-setting and certification body of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and promotes the professional growth of leaders. By developing the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management, ACMPE provides a central framework for MGMA resources. MGMA is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and maintains a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Please visit

About SHM
Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern healthcare, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 34,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists can contribute to decreased patient lengths of stay, reductions in hospital costs and readmission rates, and increased patient satisfaction.

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