MGMA Stat: More than one-third of practices tie quality performance metrics to physician compensation plans

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Provider Compensation

Value-Based Operations

The Medical Group Management Association’s most recent MGMA Stat poll asked healthcare leaders if their practice ties quality performance metrics to their physician compensation plans. More than one-third (36%) of respondents indicated quality performance metrics are linked to physician compensation plans, 60% said they are not and the remaining 4% were unsure. 

Those who tie compensation to quality performance metrics cited patient satisfaction, cycle time, chart completion, peer review and academic contributions as a few of the metrics used. One respondent noted, “certain providers have quality metrics written into their contracts others do not.” Another said that they have “Quality performance metrics for all specialties. In addition to overall quality metrics, we have metrics that are specific to specialty.” Of those who do not, several are considering switching to this model.

This poll was conducted on July 31, 2018, with 1,349 applicable responses. Nick Fabrizio, PhD, FACMPE, FACHE, principal, MGMA Consulting, offers more insight in his article, “Incorporating quality measures in your physician compensation plans.”

MGMA Stat is a national poll that addresses practice management issues, the impact of new legislation and related topics. Participation is open to all healthcare leaders. Results of other polls and information on how to participate in MGMA Stat are available at:


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