Small-Group Session

Physician Income and Medical Practice Differences Across Specialties: Should Medicare Care?
May 2, 2008


Laura A. Dummit


Congress continues to debate the appropriate update to physician fees under Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) methodology. Increasingly, information about physician income and differences in income across specialties has entered into these discussions. A variety of factors that affect a medical practice’s revenues and expenses contribute to physician specialty compensation differences. This small group meeting provided information on these factors. Data on income disparities and their sources across physicians who practice in large groups were presented, with comments by physician practice managers.


David N. Gans, Vice President, Practice Management Resources, Medical Group Management Association; Christine A. Schon, Vice President of Community Group Practice Operations, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Warren C. White, Jr., Administrator, Southwestern Medical Clinic, P.C.; Michael Kirlin, Business Development Director, Health Care Management Group

Slides from the presentation by Mr. Gans are available for download.

Related Materials

See also the related publication, "Primary Care Physician Supply, Physician Compensation, and Medicare Fees: What Is the Connection?" (Issue Brief No. 827, November 3, 2008).

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