What Every Colorectal Surgeon Should Know About the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ Physician Compensation Survey.
Walter R. Peters M.D.
Haas, E. M., S. L. Ramamoorthy and W. R. Peters (2019). “What Every Colorectal Surgeon Should Know About the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ Physician Compensation Survey.” Dis Colon Rectum 62(2): 139-140.
One of the most significant changes for surgeons in the United States over the past 30 years has been the shift from a self-employed, small practice model to one of employment by large healthcare organizations. Given the increasing economic, regulatory, and operational pressures facing these employers, the need to appropriately and fairly compensate physicians has never been greater. Increasingly, healthcare organizations are using physician compensation data obtained through third-party surveys to help inform compensation (e.g., salary, incentives, and benefits) decisions. As part of a strategic plan designed to provide value to our members, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) charged its Healthcare Economics Committee (HEC) to broadly examine the current state of colorectal surgery practice and compensation. In furtherance of this request, the ASCRS has contracted with a third-party healthcare consultant, ECG Management Consultants (ECG), to conduct a detailed survey of our members. The survey will be conducted in February and March 2019. The purpose of the ASCRS survey is to develop a more reliable and representative compensation and production benchmark for ASCRS members that will provide information on surgeon demographics, practice characteristics, incentives, benefits, and other relevant factors. By engaging all of our members from the United States, it is anticipated that the ASCRS survey will have a much larger number of respondents than any other survey, allowing more granular comparisons. The knowledge gained will benefit our members in many ways. For those surgeons in a self-employed model, the data will allow evaluation of the economic health of their practice. Surgeons considering employment or negotiating an employment contract will benefit from a more robust benchmark by which to set realistic productivity goals and fair compensation. Physician leaders may be guided in structuring compensation models and making employment decisions. Finally, the ASCRS leadership will be better informed regarding our members and the issues they are facing. (Excerpt from text, p. 139; abstract not available.)