Do you have hospitalist support?
I have minimal hospitalist support (maybe 1 out of every 5 patients has a hospitalist consult) and I handle pretty much everything.
I felt 17+ patients is a lot. 20+ is getting dangerous, in my mind. 14 is a more comfortable number to be working solid but still have the time you need. And that should translate into roughly $250k per year if you bill independently and work no weekends. From talking with other experienced physiatrists, 12-14 is a common number for full time inpatient PM&R (unless you’re with Health South, but those docs are billing machines and many physiatrists I’ve met do not think highly of the company)
Keep in mind I am a new grad and our unit has fairly short LOS, so I’m often admitting/discharging 2 per day. So while the unit ADC could be, say, 14, I’d actually be seeing 16 patients that day.
I only see acute rehab patients, and I get some pretty sick patients. I’m also doing medical director duties. I don’t know what a comparable subacute number would be, as those patients are often rocks.