Don’t Forget These Things When Considering a Position
Determine if the position is salaried or is a per-hour, per-day or per-patient contract.
Determine the worth of services based on practice charges per patient visit and your anticipated patient load (per-day, per-week, etc.).
Physician relative value scale calls for 48 percent overhead costs, 4 percent malpractice costs and 48 percent cost for service. NP overhead costs will be approximately the same and malpractice will be slightly less, leaving the remainder for cost of service (amount brought to practice after costs are paid).
Generally, a private practice will wish to net some profit in the 15 to 20 percent rate.
Based on these figures, it is possible to obtain some estimate of your net worth to the practice. If your payment expectation is higher than the costs you would incur, it is unlikely the practice can afford you.
If you are expected to take a call, you need to determine what percent of the other provider's salaries in the practice are attributed to this activity. You would expect to receive a like percentage if you take call in rotation with other providers.
If you are expected to conduct hospital rounds, revenues to the practice should be figured into your salary/payment estimates.
Benefits: If you are salaried, certain benefits should be negotiated in addition to your salary. They include:
Vacation (at least three to four weeks per year)
Sick leave (generally two weeks or one day per month, per year)
Travel allowance, if you are expected to make house calls
Continuing education (CE) allowance and leave. One to two conferences per year is not inappropriate; be sure to include enough in this allowance to allow for airfare, room and food for at least one national conference. An allowance of $1,500 to $2,500 for this purpose is not unreasonable.
Membership in professional organization(s)
Office subscription to appropriate NP journal
Determine if you will be able to practice to the full extent of your scope of practice
Check for barriers that are more stringent than those in place in state law or regulation
Determine that you will not be expected to practice beyond the scope of your practice