Median Values for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
About the 2017 Survey
The AMGA 2017 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity
Survey opened for participation in January 2017. AMGA Consulting received valid responses from 269 medical groups, representing over 102,000 providers. The average number of providers
per participant group is approximately 380, showing a continued
increase in participant group size over the last few years. Out of the
269 participants, 70% are AMGA members and represent many of
the largest medical groups in the country.
The report also provides data on panel sizes, gross charges, fringe
benefits and benefits expense to compensation ratios, patient visits,
compensation for experienced new hires and new residents/fel-lows, compensation and productivity for academic facilities, and
compensation and productivity for nurse practitioner and physician
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Quality- or value-based components in compensation plans are now common among AMGA survey
participants. Most groups who participated in the
survey in 2017 reported having some amount of physician compensation at risk for the achievement of these
types of metrics. While the amount of pay directly
attributable to value is still far below the amount typically tied to productivity, it is rising to a significant and
Increased focus on value as an element of compensation, however, has not translated into lower
compensation growth. Overall, compensation continues
to grow at rates higher than general inflation, likely
due to standard market pressures to recruit and retain,
though there are some specialty-specific exceptions.
Moreover, the market may soon need to correct for the
fact that compensation continues to climb as a percent
of net professional collections.
With MACRA and similar initiatives of private
payers rolling forward, the move toward value-based
reimbursement will accelerate. Groups with scalable
compensation models will be able to adjust as necessary
to keep compensation formulas aligned with reimbursement models.
The annual AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey is conducted by AMGA
Consulting, which produces various compensation and
financial surveys for benchmarking and offers a host of
consulting services in various areas. For more information, visit amgaconsulting.com.
Wayne M. Hartley is vice president with AMGA Consulting who works with medical groups and integrated
delivery systems on issues of physician productivity,
compensation plan design, and population health
strategies, including readiness for value-based reimbursement. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle DuBord is a consultant with AMGA Consulting who has a passion for data and research analysis
and uses those tools in her work with industry benchmarking as well as with medical groups on issues of
physician productivity and compensation plan design.
Aaron Dobosenski is an attorney at Faegre Baker
Daniels LLP in its Health Care & FDA practice group
in the firm’s Minneapolis office. He helps healthcare
clients with federal anti-kickback and physician
self-referral law issues, as well as fraud and abuse
in healthcare transactions. He works with clients
throughout the healthcare industry, including hospitals,
healthcare systems, physician practices, and research