Chris Mazzolini is the editorial director of Medical Economics
How 21 specialties compare, ranked by level of growth.
About the survey
The 2019 survey is the 32nd edition from AMGA and constitutes the largest database in the survey’s history. The data are from 272 medical groups and represent more than 117,000 providers, an 11% increase from the 2018 survey. While the data are representative of independent and system-affiliated groups, the latter provided 76.5% of respondents. The makeup of the AMGA database skews to larger medical groups, with over 40% of the groups having more than 300 physician full-time equivalents (FTEs).
The survey was conducted by AMGA’s subsidiary, AMGA Consulting.
Physician salaries are on the rise, according to the latest data from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).But the level of salary growth-the report collected salary data from 2018-depended on specialty.
While most specialties saw pay growth in 2018, compared to 2017, not all of them did. Overall physician compensation increased by a median of 2.92 percent in 2018, compared to a less than 1% growth in 2017.When it comes to primary care, the move to value-based care has put scrutiny on these specialties while also providing compensation opportunities.
“As healthcare organizations move from volume-based to value-based payment models, we’ve observed increased scrutiny on primary care performance,” said Elizabeth Siemsen, AMGA Consulting director, in a news release. “Medical groups continue to focus on delivering care in the most appropriate setting with the greatest efficiency-and often place primary care providers at the center of this strategy.”
Check out the slideshow above to see how 21 specialties compared, ranked by level of growth.