Orthopods highest-paid specialists

The Medscape Physician Compensation Report, released in April, shows that orthopedic specialty physicians were by far the leading specialty in compensation for patient care at $421,000 per year. The survey of more than 19,000 physicians indicates that cardiologists were second at $376,000 and gastroenterologists were third at $370,000. The lowest-paid of the specialties included in the report were pediatricians at $189,000, family medicine at $195,000 and both internal medicine and diabetes/endocrinology at $196,000. Infectious disease specialist compensation saw the highest percentage increase from the previous year, climbing 22 percent to $213,000. Meanwhile, compensation for rheumatologists and urologists fell 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively, to $205,000 and $344,000.

Health care worker injury data

Health care facilities, mostly hospitals, reported 11.3 worker patient-handling injuries for every 10,000 worker months, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health care workers who were hurt badly enough at work to report it to the federal government because of a slip, trip or fall did so at the rate of 9.6 per 10,000 worker months, according to the data. The data, which are based on reporting to the Occupational Health Safety Network by 112 facilities, show the rate of injury from workplace violence to be 4.9 per 10,000 worker months.

Incentive payment replacing SGR adds advanced practice nurses, PAs

The new physician incentive payment program that replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate index-based approach for calculating doctor pay includes nonphysician providers. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists can participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Officials for the American Nurses Association praised the inclusion of nurses in MIPS and for the law giving nurses the ability to write prescriptions for durable medical equipment.