Quality measures continue to be a small yet increasing percentage of total compensation for U.S. physicians, according to the latest survey by the Medical Group Management Association.

 

Primary care physicians reported that an average of nearly 6 percent of their compensation in 2013 was based upon measures of quality, while specialists reported an average 5.7 percent quality-based compensation.

 

Physician practices also reported that patient satisfaction measures played a small role in compensation, with an average 2.3 percent of compensation tied to patient satisfaction, compared with 1.6 percent in 2012.

 

The survey includes data from more than 66,000 U.S. physicians. Primary care physicians reported $232,989 in median compensation, and specialists reported $402,233 in median compensation. Some specialties, including anesthesiologists, internists and hospitalists, reported that a higher percentage of their total compensation was tied to quality metrics.

 

The medical profession has been moving toward outcomes-based compensation for a number of years, as Medicare has shifted away from a procedures-based payment model to one that rewards quality and outcomes.Click here to access more findings from the report (registration required).