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AAOE Benchmarking Survey Reveals Provider Compensation Trends

Thursday, July 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyssa DelPrete, AAOE Communications
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Results from the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives’ Benchmarking Survey show an interesting trend in orthopaedic provider compensation. While overall compensation for orthopaedic providers remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2015, compensation for non-operative orthopaedists and providers specializing in physiatry, family practice-sports medicine, and sports medicine experienced a 5% or greater increase.

Chad Sackman, RN, MBA, Chief Operating Officer at Signature Medical Group in St. Louis, Missouri, notes a possible reason for this trend “could be related to high deductible plans and patients opting for non-operative or conservative care.”

According to a recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39.3% of privately insured Americans aged 18 to 64 have high deductible health plans, up from 26.3% in 2011.

Faced with high deductibles, patients may be steering clear of surgical treatments in favor of preventive care. Particularly with sports medicine, this could mean receiving an injection rather than having a surgical treatment.

While Sackman acknowledges this explanation is not conclusive, he says it is “logical” for patients with high deductible plans to opt for non-operative or conservative care.

More insight into this trend will be available with the release of the data from the AAOE Benchmarking Results from data year 2016. The results, which will be available October, 2017, will provide another year of provider compensation data and will show whether non-operative and conservative care have continued to increase related to other orthopaedic specialties.

“This data really helps the physicians evaluate their specialty,” Sackman says. “Since specialty procedures vary in payment and sometimes payer mix, this gives them the best chance to compare apples to apples.”

The annual Benchmarking Survey collects practice management data from practices of different specialties, sizes, and regions across the country. The results of the survey provide helpful data for orthopaedic practice executives as they make important decisions for their practice. 


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