For U.S. Cardiologists, Age and Income Continue to Rise

New Survey of 2,300+ Physicians Reveals Significant Health Care Industry Trends

News | Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MedAxiom, the nation’s leading cardiovascular health care performance community and top CV-specific consulting firm, has released its fifth annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation & Production Survey—a highly sought-after resource for health care decision-makers. This year’s survey reveals a number of significant trends:
  • One in five cardiologists is over the age of 61.
  • Despite expectations, overall cardiology compensation continues to increase.
  • Overall compensation for private cardiologists is increasing faster than that of their integrated counterparts; the differential in compensation is at its lowest point in 5 years.

The data from the report also raises questions about how quickly the health care industry is moving from volume-based to value-based care and reimbursement. Despite industry leader predictions that volumes – particularly work RVUs – would decline due to the burgeoning value economy, overall cardiology production remains very constant. In addition, still less than 10 percent of physician compensation is tied to value.

“These findings come at a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty within the health care industry,” said Joel Sauer, Vice President of MedAxiom Consulting and author of the report. “The somewhat surprising survey results are reflective of the need for data and analysis that helps us understand what is really going on, what we need to do to achieve the quadruple aim of health care, and where there are gaps. Obviously, creating economic alignment and strategies for dealing with physician slowdown are imperative.”

Each year MedAxiom surveys its membership, more than one-third of all cardiology and cardiovascular groups in the country, on financial, staffing, productivity and compensation metrics, and a number of demographic measures. Data for this 2017 report was collected over the 2008-2016 time frame and includes 162 practices and groups, representing 2,337 full-time physicians.

“The 2017 report offers the highest level of analytics on this complex topic,” said Fernando Triana, MD, Medical Director Cardiovascular Service Line, Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio, TX. “It is extraordinarily comprehensive and touches angles that I was not even thinking about. Joel Sauer and MedAxiom continue to show us very relevant information that is actionable right now.”

Survey highlights include:

  • Overall compensation for private cardiologists is increasing faster than that of their integrated counterparts.
  • The median amount of revenue per FTE physician (private) in 2016 is over $150,000 higher than it was is 2013.
  • Electrophysiologists grabbed the top earnings spot from interventional physicians coming in at $607,336 per FTE.
  • The Northeast region emerged as the top earning geography with median compensation of $606,681 per FTE.
  • The West region is the lowest paid geography for the 5th straight year.
  • Private cardiologists outproduced those in integrated models by nearly 14%.
  • Overall cardiology production remained very constant.
  • Forty-five percent of cardiologists are age 56+.
  • Female physicians now account for nearly 10% of the total cardiology workforce.
  • Echo volumes are trending up and stress echo volumes are trending down.

In addition to the comprehensive data sections of the report, the 2017 MedAxiom Provider Compensation & Production Survey includes detailed analysis of the trends as well as in-depth articles on Internal Distribution Plans and A Detailed Review of Compensation per wRVU.

Click here to access MedAxiom’s 2017 Provider Compensation & Production Survey.

To speak with survey author, Joel Sauer, contact Dana Carpenter at 904-372-2164 or


Founded in 2001 by Jennifer Linville, CEO, MedAxiom is the nation’s leading cardiovascular performance community, providing expert consulting, networking and membership services including data analytics, program excellence tools and educational events to improve business and patient care outcomes. For additional information, visit:



Dana Carpenter, 904-372-2164

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