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ID Physician Compensation Initiative

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In 2020, the IDSA Board of Directors established a Compensation Strike Team, charged with developing a strategy and implementation plan for increasing ID physician compensation as a key component of IDSA’s Strategic Plan.

Exclusive IDSA Member Compensation Tools

IDSA has launched these exclusive member tools focused on compensation related topics and negotiation strategies.

Find out how to negotiate for your compensation and access exclusive benefits by logging in here or become a member to access compensation tools.

 

ID Compensation Conversations Webinar Series

Part of IDSA’s Physician Compensation Initiative, the ID Compensation Conversations Webinar Series is designed to help ID physicians learn the fundamentals of physician compensation and apply proven strategies to strengthen their negotiation position.  

Each webinar will feature experts in the field of physician compensation and value-based contracting and will provide an opportunity to ask questions and engage with colleagues. 

Visit ID Physician Compensation Tools to reigster for upcoming* and view past webinars.

*Please note that IDSA membership is required to register and attend.

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The Problem: Compensation is a Major Issue Facing the ID Physician Workforce

Recognition of the value ID physicians provide to patients and the healthcare system as a whole has been poor. The disparity in compensation that exists for ID compared to other fields of medicine in the United States has come into stark light during the pandemic, when ID physicians have been called upon to do more—and often with less.

IDSA physician compensation data, coupled with national multispecialty surveys such as MGMA, AMGA and Sullivan Cotter, have found that ID lags behind nearly all specialties in medicine. ID physicians work longer hours, have greater administrative work, and are paid less than the majority of their physician counterparts in other areas of medicine.

ID physician gaps involve more than just the obvious differences in compensation between cognitive specialists like infectious diseases and more procedural specialties. While a variety of specialties have experienced higher rates of compensation growth over the last five years, ID’s have been relatively flat over variety of compensation metrics compared to other specialties.

Growing our value and ensuring adequate compensation will be an important step toward enabling trainees—particularly those with large educational debt-- to consider ID as a viable career option. This, in turn, will help facilitate the growth and development of the ID workforce to meet existing and emerging needs.

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Physician Compensation Initiative Goals

Using these findings, the Strike Team identified two overarching goals:

  • Physician Negotiation Education & Training: Develop a physician education and training campaign to equip IDSA members to be their own advocate, incorporating negotiation tools and a repository of informational resources aimed at increasing physician compensation
  • Expand the Value-Based Contracting Strategy: Supplement ID-specific national and regional value-based contract participation advocacy with locally focused efforts at the hospital, diagnosis-related group-specific panel, and population levels

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Physician Compensation Initiative Implementation

To implement this effort, a Compensation Task Force has been established, composed of ID physicians from a representative array of settings, to implement the Strike Team’s recommendations.

The Task Force has developed short, intermediate, and long-term objectives for this effort, as detailed below.

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