Approaching ED Call Compensation as a Negotiation

Physicians are rapidly moving from assuming emergency department (ED) call is an obligation of medical staff membership to assuming ED call is a hospital obligation they should be paid to fulfill. Once they’ve made this shift, they want to know how much they will be paid for call. In fact, physicians are increasingly dictating this amount to hospitals before they commit to assuming ED call. Either the hospital meets physicians’ compensation demands or physicians refuse to take call, regardless of what the bylaws require.