Several Massachusetts Hospitals tying physician salaries to practice size and patient complexity

Several Massachusetts hospitals are tying about 10 percent of doctors’ salaries to practice size and the complexity of their patients’ illnesses, according to the Boston Globe.

According to the article, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are doing this as an incentive to increase access to primary care physicians, and also to prepare for changes in the way that hospitals and doctors are being paid, where physicians are paid for quality of care rather than how many services patients receive. 

To help balance the workload, the hospitals are hiring more nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The hospitals hope that this will also help lower costs.

(Sources: The Boston Globe, http://articles.boston.com/, March 6, 2012; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, March 7, 2012)