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Physician Compensation, Salary and Physician Practice Surveys


In keeping with our mission to deliver up-to-date information that helps our clients and candidates make informed physician recruitment and medical career decisions, Merritt Hawkins conducts a variety of physician salary and compensation incentives surveys. We know how important the latest healthcare trends in physician compensation and salaries are to the negotiation process. These statistically evaluated physician recruiting survey results pinpoint:


  • Average physician salaries by specialty
  • Additional physician compensation incentives
  • Physician revenue generation
  • Practice preferences of medical residents
  • Other related topics

Along with the physician compensation surveys, you’ll also find information on interesting healthcare trends across physician specialties, career satisfaction results and other trends relevant to physician recruiting.


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Physician Salary by Specialty, Physician Compensation and Physician Recruiting Trends:


Survey: The 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times

The 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates indicates that it now takes an average of 24 days to schedule a new patient physician appointment in 15 of the largest cities in the U.S., up from 18.5 days in 2014, 20.5 days in 2009 and 21 days in 2004, previous years the survey was conducted. This infographic shows key findings of the survey, and complete results and the full survey report can be accessed here.


Survey: 90 Percent of Hospitals Employ PAs (Physician Assistants), 95 Percent Will Maintain or Accelerate PA Hiring

New! 2016 Survey of PA Recruiting and Employment Trends. Conducted by Merritt Hawkins in cooperation with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), this survey examines physician assistant recruiting and employment trends at hospitals nationwide. The survey shows how many hospitals are recruiting PAs, why they are recruiting them and the roles they are filling. This infographic shows key findings of the survey, and complete results and the full survey report can be accessed here.


2016 Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives

The 2016 Survey of America's Physicians is now available. It covers an overview of professional morale, practice patterns, career plans, and perspectives of today’s physicians, aggregated by age, gender, primary care/specialists, and practice owners/employees. For a complete copy of the Survey, please click here.


2016 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives

The 2016 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives is now available. It covers an overview of the salaries, bonuses, and other incentives customarily used to recruit physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. For a complete copy of the Review, please click here.


2016 Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey

How much revenue do physicians generate on behalf of their affiliated hospitals per year? Merritt Hawkins’ new survey provides the answer. Download the free report here.


Patient Physician Access Index

A new ranking system from Merritt Hawkins listing 33 benchmarks and variables that influence patient access to physicians in each state. The 50 states are ranked from those with the most positive physician access variables to those with the least positive variables. See the infographic with state rankings and access the entire report here. View the interactive physician map here


2015 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives

Now in its 22nd year, Merritt Hawkins 2015 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives offers the most comprehensive look at physician salaries, signing bonuses and recruiting trends in the industry. Used as a benchmark by hospitals, medical groups and many other healthcare facilities nationwide, the Review offers both physician incentive metrics and an in-depth analysis of the trends driving physician recruitment today. View a preview of the survey or download the full copy.


2015 Final-Year Medical Residents Survey

Merritt Hawkins’ 2015 Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents examines the level of demand for graduating medical residents and a variety of other factors pertaining to the career preferences and practice plans of physicians completing their medical training. See the infographic here and access the entire survey here.


2014 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Plans and Perspectives

Merritt Hawkins has completed a survey of over 20,000 Physicians for The Physicians Foundation, revealing the morale levels, practice metrics, and practice plans of today’s doctors. For a complete copy of “A Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Plans and Perspectives,” request your copy here. View the infographic with key survey data on Today's Doctor.


2014 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives

In its 21st edition, the 2014 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives reports family medicine physicians top the list of the most highly recruited doctors for the eighth consecutive year. Internists, Hospitalists and Advanced Practitioners are also among those in high demand. For a complete copy of the Review, please complete the form here.


2014 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times

The 2014 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times is a survey examining the time needed to schedule a new patient appointment with a physician in 15 major metropolitan markets and the rates of physician Medicaid and Medicare acceptance in these markets, based on 2013 data. Read more.


2013 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives

In its 20th edition, the 2013 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives reports family medicine physicians top the list of the most highly recruited doctors. Geriatricians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are also among those in high demand. View a preview of our 2013 edition here. For a complete copy of survey results call 800-876-0500.


2013 Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey

Intended to provide benchmark data for hospitals to use to develop a "quantitative analysis" of their physician recruiting programs, the data may also help set physician compensation levels or recruiting incentives through a cost/benefit analysis comparing the aggregate expense of recruiting physicians to the average revenue generated by physicians in various specialties. Read more.


2012 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Plans and Perspectives

Merritt Hawkins has completed a survey of 14,000 Physicians for The Physicians Foundation, revealing the morale levels, practice metrics, and practice plans of today’s doctors. For a complete copy of “A Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Plans and Perspectives” call Merritt Hawkins at (800) 876-0500. Access a preview of the survey.

 

White Papers:


International Medical Graduates: Qualifications to Practice in the U.S. and Related Considerations

What steps do international medical graduates (IMGs) have to take to qualify to practice medicine in the United States? Where are IMGs from and do they make appropriate candidates for recruitment? These and related questions are addressed in this timely white paper. Read more here.


Ten Keys to Enhancing Physician/Hospital Relations

How can hospitals better align their interests with those of physicians in an age of value-driven healthcare? Merritt Hawkins examines this question in this new white paper offering timely, practical suggestions for enhancing the vital relationship between hospitals and physicians. Read more here.


Physician and Hospital Reimbursement: From “Lodge Medicine” to MIPS

In this white paper, Merritt Hawkins traces how compensation for physician and hospital services has evolved through the years. Read More


Population Health Management and Physician Staffing

In this white paper, Merritt Hawkins examines the development of population health management, component elements, and how healthcare organizations are implementing and staffing this emerging delivery model. Read more


Psychiatry: “The Silent Shortage”

A disturbing trend continues to develop in the supply of psychiatrists and overall quality of mental healthcare nationwide. Read more


The Aging Physician Workforce: A Demographic Dilemma

As we move further into the 21st century, aging population demographics will become a key challenge facing the healthcare system. Read more


Women in Medicine

In this white paper, Merritt Hawkins examines the history of females in medicine, distribution of female physicians among specialties and states, practice, salary and work considerations, and projects how the growth of female physicians will change the composition of the physician workforce. Read more


The Economic Impact of Physicians

A Fact Sheet Examining the Economic Contribution Physicians Make to Their Communities and to Their Affiliated Hospitals. Read more


The Changing Landscape in Academic Medicine Recruiting

Change is endemic throughout the healthcare system today, even in academic medicine. This whitepaper examines the evolving academic physician recruiting trends and practices in academic medicine. Read more.


The Physician Shortage: Data Points and State Rankings

Given a growing and aging population, many policy making and physician groups have predicted a shortage of physicians. In this white paper Merritt Hawkins offers statistics and analysis regarding the shortage of physicians.


Understanding RVU Compensation in Physician Employment Agreements: A FAQ

Relative Value Units (RVUs) are often a key part of physician employment agreements. Read more about this important topic in Merritt Hawkins white paper.


Hospital Trustee Guide: Physician Relations, Recruiting, and Retention

Hospital trustees often are involved in the physician recruiting process, and their cooperation and understanding of physician recruiting issues can be a key to recruiting success. In this white paper , Merritt Hawkins offers points trustees should consider regarding physician recruitment and how they can assist in successful physician recruiting efforts.


Rural Physician Recruiting Challenges and Solutions

Rural hospitals and other healthcare facilities face unique challenges in physician recruiting. Merritt Hawkins examines those challenges in this white paper and offers real world solutions.


Growth and Staffing Trends in Urgent Care and Retail Medicine

Healthcare is rapidly moving toward the “convenient care” model featuring easier access to care for consumers. What are the staffing implications of this trend? Read more here.


Telehealth: The Integration of Telecommunication into Patient/Provider Encounters

Given the physician shortage and the rise of new technology, telehealth promises to provide new avenues of healthcare delivery. Merritt Hawkins examines the growth telehealth and the staffing implications of this emerging model in this white paper.


How to Assess a Medical Practice Opportunity

Physicians today often have multiple practice opportunities from which to choose. What process should they follow to ensure they choose the opportunity best suited to their professional and personal needs? Merritt Hawkins provides direction in this white paper.


Obtaining a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designation

Hospitals and other provider facilities that obtain Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Area (MUA) designations can enjoy significant reimbursement and recruiting advantages. How can facilities obtain such a designation? Learn more here.

 

Immigration Law and International Medical Graduates

Prepared for Merritt Hawkins by prominent immigration attorney Carl Shusterman, this new white paper examines immigration rules and regulations affecting the recruitment and retention of International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Read more.


Health Reform and the Decline of Private Physician Practice

A white paper examining the effects of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on physician practices in the United States, including results of Physicians and Health Reform, a survey of 100,000 physicians. Read more.


For information on physician trends, nursing trends or other surveys or to access historical survey data, contact us.



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