3 Ways Radiation Oncologists Can Prevent Burnout

May 14, 2019 by Antonio Arias, MBA, CHBME

Topics: medical billing services

The healthcare industry is not always forgiving when it comes to workload and burnout. Long hours, high-pressure situations and continually growing administrative tasks can lead to a variety of problems: increased medical errors, low-quality patient care, higher risks for malpractice and much more.

Burnout among physicians—especially radiation oncologists—have been on the rise over the past decade. In fact, nearly 55% percent of physicians across the country have reported symptoms of burnout and need a solution now. If physicians at your practice are experiencing symptoms of burnout or are at risk of experiencing it soon, here are some ways to help reduce stress and create an environment that prevents it:


1. Identify the Root of the Problem

It’s important to understand where the problem is stemming from. Oftentimes, the problem stems from lack of time in the day to complete everything. But what’s important to identify within this is why there isn’t enough time. Is it a staffing issue? Is it over-scheduling patients? Is it an influx of new patients? Is it an increase in administrative responsibilities? Whatever the case may be, it’s crucial to pinpoint the source and create a game plan from there.


2. Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Preventing burnout must be taken from a proactive approach—not a reactive one. Once the root of the problem has been identified (see above), you can then find ways to be proactive and anticipate physician needs in the future.

If, for example, the problem is lack of sufficient staffing, see if hiring another team member is an option for your practice. If not, consider scheduling less patients per day to anticipate time to handle administrative tasks.


3. Outsource Your Medical Billing


When it comes down to it, insurance billing has to be done efficiently for a radiation oncology practice to be successful in the healthcare industry. For many practices, trying to balance treating patients while handling contract negotiations and other billing-related tasks can be overwhelming. The source of the problem is almost never related to the competence of the team, but rather the lack of time available to manage ever-changing insurance billing tasks expected of practices today.

The best way to handle this dilemma is to get expert help from professionals who work with insurance billing on a daily basis. Outsourcing radiation oncology medical billing allows for:

Faster Payments

When reimbursement experts can provide contract reviews and medical record audits to your team, you can ensure your practice is compliant and is receiving the maximum benefit possible. With a dedicated credentialing staff and provider enrollment team, you can ensure your applications are completed and submitted, and that your credentialing data and CAQH credentialing are properly maintained.

Less Headaches

With radiation oncology, there are many detailed intricacies that need to be handled with care and expertise. An experienced medical insurance billing firm like NCG Medical can use their knowledge of hospital-based and standalone facility radiation oncology to help boost your bottom line by assessing missing revenue opportunities and recovering expenses.

More Time for Patients

The more time is spent on paperwork, the less time there is to spend on patients. That’s where a team of insurance billing experts can step in—to provide value to existing patients who deserve your undivided attention.


Learn more about some of the top reasons to outsource your medical billing to a trusted insurance billing firm today.


See how NCG Medical can help your radiation oncology practice today. Contact our insurance billing experts now!



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