Fair Play, Fair Pay: Assuring Provider Pay Equity

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Managing Director

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It’s not easy to determine if there is equity in provider compensation across your organization, given the many departments, specialties, and roles—but it’s essential. Consider the following hypothetical: A local news source reports a 30% pay discrepancy between your male and female maintenance employees performing the same work. Chances are you would rather not have […]

Why It’s Time to Update Your Physician Compensation Model

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Managing Director

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It’s time to stop playing “kick the can” when it comes to physician compensation in hospitals and health systems. When the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) sought to restructure physician reimbursement by increasing payment to cognitive care specialists such as primary care physicians and reducing reimbursement for procedure-based specialists, it was a move designed […]

Continuing to Navigate the Changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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The changes in Work RVU (WRVU) values contained in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule have the potential for wholesale disruption to productivity-based physician compensation models. To date, the response has varied among health systems, but for the most part, due to pandemic distractions and the sheer complexity of the impact, organizations have kicked the […]

5 Compensation Considerations for Entry-Level Physicians

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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Newly-minted physicians are in high demand. Depending on specialty, a new physician may be approached with offers by private practices, hospital-owned physician groups, urgent care centers, and/or large specialty staffing companies. With all this competition, how can you improve your ability to recruit the physicians you need and want? Click here to view our infographic […]

Compensation to Employed Physicians for Providing On-Call Coverage

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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Hospitals are increasingly challenged to meet their Emergency Department (ED) and trauma center coverage requirements. This challenge has been enhanced by the shortage of specialty physicians in certain markets, and the increasing number of physicians unwilling to provide the coverage, due to quality-of-life issues, reimbursement pressures, and increased malpractice liability related to emergency care. Therefore, […]

Is Your Provider Compensation Program Comprehensive?

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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As one of the largest health system cost centers and one with significant regulatory implications, physician compensation should be top priority. A comprehensive approach to physician compensation enables the organization to recruit and retain physician talent, align physician incentives with those of the organization to drive performance, and maintain an infrastructure to mitigate risk associated […]

Making Sense of the Ever-Changing Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director,
and Richard Chasinoff, Principal
and Jack Lacy, Senior Associate

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By now you’ve probably read (whether published by Veralon or another source) that there were significant changes made to the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS). The entire program was originally intended to be budget neutral, but reimbursement was restructured to increase payments to cognitive specialties (such as primary care and other medical specialties) and […]

Special Fraud Alert: Speaker Programs

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
and Monica Nuñez, Manager

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In November 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert related to speaker programs sponsored by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Specifically, the Alert centered on the OIG’s significant and longstanding concerns regarding fraud and abuse risks associated with remuneration for such programs. Speaker programs—events […]