Is the Practice of Compensating Board Members on the Rise? Not among the Meds

November 16, 2017; The Bulletin (Bend, OR)

Last year, we wrote a newswire about the trustees of Tampa General Hospital, who voted to pay themselves for board service at the healthy rate of $15,000 to $30,000 a year. Their decision to do so, they said, came only after a compensation consultant, there to do a periodic review of salary levels, suggested there was a “small but growing trend” in the direction of paying trustees. At the time, we said we would like to see the research on that. Turns out there is no such research, nor is there evidence that paying board members makes for a better institution, notwithstanding the bleatings of NANOE. Yet, some would still have you believe they are part of a growing movement.