Hospital ownership, other factors, influence medical director pay

Compensation for medical directors of physician practices can vary widely depending on practice ownership, directors' responsibilities and specialty classification, according to the "Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data" from the Medical Group Management Association in Englewood, Colo. Directors in hospital-owned emergency medicine practices earned $20,000 annually--three times less than the $60,000 pulled in by directors in nonhospital-owned practices. However, family practitioner directors (with OB/GYN) in hospital-owned practices earned annual pay of $23,250 vs. $8,400 in nonhospital-owned practices. And surgical subspecialist directors received $40,000 in both hospital and nonhospital-owned practices. In addition to the specialty, responsibilities such as meeting attendance, documentation and care planning, physician behavior and impairment, and physician education and recruitment impacted the annual compensation medical directors received. Press release