Andrew Hresko, Cardiovascular Roundtable
We often receive questions from our members about how to optimally design on-call coverage plans for CV physicians. For several years now, hospitals have struggled to provide adequate specialist coverage in the ED, including for cardiology. In the past, hospitals required physicians to take call in exchange for medical staff privileges, but this arrangement has become less appealing to physicians. Many intuitions now feel the need to provide physicians with supplemental compensation as an incentive for providing call coverage.
To address this persistent issue with cardiology in mind, we’ve answered several frequently asked questions about call coverage strategies below, and provided links to the Advisory Board’s best resources on specialist call coverage.
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Eric Bushlow, Cardiovascular Roundtable
A recent report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) finds interventional cardiologists receive on average $450 more per day for on-call services than their invasive-cardiologist counterparts, a cohort which includes electrophysiologists.
Comparing invasive cardiologists to noninvasive cardiologists, compensation was largely equivalent, with a median compensation of $650 for on-call services. However, within the invasive cardiologist cohort, there was significant variability in compensation favoring interventional specialists.
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