Despite the critical role ID physicians play in preventing and treating some of the most critical public health crises of our time, our profession continues to be under-valued. 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.
IDSA is launching a survey to create a more nuanced and accurate picture of provider effort — to better understand how hard ID physicians are working, how they are spending their time and how that effort is recognized and compensated in the United States. To be successful, IDSA needs as many ID physicians to take the survey as possible, which will take only 10-20 minutes to complete. Please read below to learn more about this effort and why it’s critical to have your support and participation at this time.
The ID community has been at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic, serving on the frontlines caring for patients and helping to lead our institutions and communities through this unprecedented time — while continuing to provide comprehensive care and services across the spectrum of infectious diseases. Moreover, it will be the ID community leading the way when the next pandemic hits. We must be prepared. And to be so will require appropriate resources and the appropriate workforce.
Reivew of the 2019 IDSA compensation survey and multispecialty surveys have revealed the following key findings related to compensation and deployment among ID physicians. These findings prompted the creation of the IDSA Physician Compensation Strike Team and Task Force seeking to increase ID physician compensation and job satisfaction as a component of IDSA’s strategic plan.
IDSA’s latest effort in addressing this issue is a new Physician Compensation Initiative, launched earlier this year to increase ID physician compensation and to align compensation with market best practices. We are working now to develop resources to help ID physicians advocate for fair compensation and recognition of the value they bring to health care. To make these resources as effective as possible, we need your help to fill current data gaps.
While we have a clear picture of how much ID physicians are paid, we lack robust documentation of how hard ID physicians are working, and how we are spending our time. These data points are critical to providing a more nuanced, accurate picture of provider effort and how that effort is recognized and compensated. This information will directly inform the education materials and negotiation tools that will be distributed to IDSA members later this year.
The survey can be completed using the link below before May 24. To show our appreciation for completing the survey, we will send you a gift card to the newly launched IDSA store for 30% off any item. We also encourage you to share the survey link below with your ID coworkers who you think would be a beneficial addition to the survey sample.
Please be assured your responses will be kept completely confidential, and the information you provide will be reported only in aggregate to preserve anonymity.
Between the IDSA survey and national surveys, a broad and representative collection of information is available on physician compensation. However, given the complexity and variability of ID roles, additional targeted information is needed to better align compensation with the full breadth of provider effort, especially regarding non-patient facing activities.
As an initial step toward achieving the stated objectives, IDSA is administering a targeted survey among ID physicians to create a more nuanced and accurate picture of provider effort and how that effort is recognized and compensated. The survey will collect data across three main phenotypes and sub-phenotypes of ID physicians to draw correlational conclusions among work setting, effort/deployment, production and compensation. These correlational relationships and data points will directly inform prescriptive education materials and negotiation tools that will be distributed to IDSA members later this year to enable more effective self-advocacy for fair compensation and recognition of the value ID physicians bring to health care.
The survey will be a self-administered, online survey, fielded from late April through May. Prospective survey respondents will receive an emailed link to participate. IDSA staff will also post the survey link to the IDSA website and publicize broadly.
In parallel, the Task Force will be conducting a series of key informant interviews with physicians, administrators and payers to explore barriers, facilitators, and novel approaches to increasing physician compensation, and to determine perceptions of key considerations when establishing reimbursement rates and compensation structures for ID physicians.
This webpage will be regularly updated throughout the process to keep IDSA membership abreast of our progress on this important initiative.