I am a nurse on a busy neuro/med-surg floor and we have a zillion doctors coming and going ordering a zillion different tests and I was wondering how they get paid. Does anyone know? Do consulted doctors get paid per consult or per test? Do admitting doctors get paid per patient or per test or both? I was just wondering because sometimes I really don't understand why tests are done and also sometimes multiple doctors will order the same tests even though the results are on the chart AND in the computer - it's like they don't even look or talk to the patient (or the nurse HAHAHAHAHAHA I can't imagine most doctors asking the nurse anything) and just order a butt load of tests automatically.
I am just curious - are hospitalists salaried? Is it a commission thing? I have no idea!
Also does anyone know how much the common tests cost per person? Like, how much does a MRI brain w/wo contrast cost? (on average) or an U/S carotids or an Echo or basic chest x-ray? what about labs? How much do these daily CBCs and CMPs cost?
Just wondering. . .thank you for any info