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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians have been struggling through intense challenges caring for patients while trying to protect their own and their families' health and well-being.

Doctors' most critical concerns are those involving life and death. Still, while confronting this crisis, salary and income are important to one's career and livelihood.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

The health impact of COVID-19 has been grave, and the financial fallout is widespread.

Many physician offices have closed or have greatly reduced their hours. Hospitals, clinics, and large groups throughout the nation are laying off staff and cutting salaries. Specialties that relied upon elective procedures have lost much or most of their business. Those include, but are not limited to, orthopedics, plastic surgery, dermatology, cardiology, and ophthalmology.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

The data for this year's Compensation Report were collected prior to February 10, 2020, and reflect physician salary and income prior to the COVID-19 crisis. Physicians told us about their incentive bonuses, income, hours worked, greatest challenges, what gives them satisfaction, and more.

Survey respondents reported their compensation for patient care. For employed physicians, that includes salary, bonus, and profit-sharing contributions. For self-employed physicians, it includes earnings after taxes and deductible business expenses, before income tax. Only full-time salaries are included in our results. This report includes responses from more than 17,000 physicians in over 30 specialties.

Infectious disease physicians are among the lowest earners of all physicians. Still, ID physician income is up from last year's average of $239,000.

(Note: Label values on charts have been rounded, but rankings and calculations are based on raw data to avoid rounding errors.)

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

Male ID physicians earn about 26% more than their female peers. Among all specialists, men earn 31% more than women, similar to last year's figure of 33%. There is a 25% gender pay gap among primary care physicians, the same as in last year's report.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

Among all physicians, the average time spent seeing patients is 37.9 hours per week. This is generally more than the amount of time ID physicians—both men and women—spend on face-to-face interactions.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

On average, physicians overall spend 15.6 hours per week on paperwork and administration. Intensivists top the list regarding such tasks, followed by internists, ID physicians, and physiatrists. Ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists reported the least amount of time. (Results are shown only for specialties where sample sizes are sufficient.)

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

At 18%, ID physicians rank toward the middle of physicians potentially losing money on denied or resubmitted claims. One study found that, on average, 63% of denied claims are recoverable, but healthcare professionals spend about $118 per claim on appeals. (Results are shown only for specialties where sample sizes are sufficient.)

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

About a third of ID physicians said their practice uses physician assistants to treat patients and about half said they use nurse practitioners. Forty-three percent said they don't employ either role for patient care. (Respondents could select more than one answer.)

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

Of ID physicians who work with PAs and NPs at their offices, 37% said they helped increase profitability, while 55% said these employees have had no effect on profitability. Physicians overall who use PAs and NPs were evenly split (47% each) on whether these employees have increased profitability or have had no effect on it.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

Seventy-nine percent of ID physicians have no plans to stop services to Medicare and Medicaid patients, somewhat more than the percentage of physicians overall (73%). About a fifth are undecided. (Respondents could select more than one answer.)

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

The large majority of ID physicians rely on payers. One third rely on accountable care organizations and nearly the same proportion on fee-for-service for patient-based income. (Respondents could select more than one answer.)

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

About 4 in 10 responding ID physicians expect to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System option of value-based care versus none for alternative payment models.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

About a quarter (27%) of physicians overall noted gratitude from and relationships with patients as the main factor for their career satisfaction. Among ID physicians, 41% cited being very good at what they do and 27% said making the world a better place is their top reward.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

For ID physicians, having so many rules and regulations is the primary challenge when caring for patients. Long work hours, difficulties getting fair reimbursement, and working with the EHR system are also seen as contributors to a demanding profession.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

About half of ID physicians said they felt fairly compensated, up from last year's percentage (42%).

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

If they could go back in time, 77% of ID physicians would still choose a career in medicine, the same percentage as for physicians overall.

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Medscape Infectious Disease Physician Compensation Report 2020

Keith L. Martin | May 20, 2020 | Contributor Information

Of ID physicians who said they would choose medicine again, 85% said they would remain in the specialty—around the middle of the pack compared to physicians overall.

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