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Emerging trend: MD salaries, physician shift, and what to do about it

Medicare & Reimbursement Advisor Weekly, August 12, 2009

More physicians will become employed at hospitals and change the face of medical staffs. This might have some effect on pharmacy treatment policies, perhaps leading to greater standardization, says Todd Sagin, MD, an internist from the Boston area who has spent most of his career in private practice and hospital medicine and who has most recently served as a consultant for the Greeley Company Medical Staff Institute. This physician shift takes on greater significance as support increases on a grassroots level for MD salaries—a new model of compensation that some doctors and executives say would work to realign incentives around quality.

Looking at the situation from a managed markets perspective, you may begin to think about programs that address this trend and assist hospitals and physicians about how to think about their formularies, medication management, and adherence in new ways.