NEW YORK – An associate at a pediatric orthopaedic specialty clinic in New York City was paid more than half a million dollars in compensation last year, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.
The associate, who has worked for the Pediatric Orthopedic Associates in Albany since 2013, was paid $175,000 in compensation in 2015, according to the state health department.
The state said the associate’s compensation is above the threshold for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which requires all employers with 50 or more employees to pay at least 90% of their workers a minimum of $1,000 per month.
“While it is a small number of dollars, it is significant to say that there is an association between this type of behavior and the health of our patients,” said Dr. David Loeffler, a professor of pediatrics at New York University.
Dr. Loeefler said that the associate, whose name has not been disclosed, was likely in a position to make more money than other doctors in the practice.
“They have a lot of training,” he said.
The association is part of a network of specialty clinics and medical schools that has earned more than 100 million dollars since the ACA went into effect, according a report by the National Association of Pediatric Osteopathic Associates.
The association is one of the biggest providers of orthopedically trained pediatricians in the country.
It’s a network that includes several dozen clinics across the country, including some of the nation’s largest.
Dr Loeebler said his association is looking into whether it should be required to make the additional payments, or whether it could seek to have the payments revoked.