The Burden of Call: An Objective Approach to Determining Financial Payment


The Physician Executive Journal of Medical Management

The causes of the trend toward payment for call coverage are well documented. The aging physician workforce and the growing physician shortage, in combination with increasing physician subspecialization, have resulted in decreasing numbers of willing and able physicians available to provide call coverage. This article details a health system’s formulaic approach to paying for call – an approach that quantifies, monitors, and budgets the costs of call coverage.

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