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2020 CMS Final Rules: Q&A with Jim Hugh
January 29, 2020
Posted by: Tammy McCausland, Jim Hugh

2020 CMS Final Rules: Q&A with Jim Hugh

In this Q&A, Jim Hugh, senior vice president of American Medical Accounting and Consulting, Inc., (AMAC) shared his thoughts on the 2020 CMS Final Rules.

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Like a Garden, Your Relationships Need Nurturing
January 6, 2020
Posted by: Chet Szerlag

Like a Garden, Your Relationships Need Nurturing

Mentoring, in my opinion, is an overused term because I think we do it without putting the “mentoring” label on it. Mentoring is not like a shoebox with stuff in it that you pull out when you need it. It’s more aptly called relationship building, and it’s a core skill you should develop to use personally and professionally.

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Late Career Is Not Too Late For A New Position
November 20, 2019
Posted by: Giles Toole

Late Career Is Not Too Late For A New Position

A few years ago I found myself downsized. My initial thought was, “What am I going to do at age 59 with no job opportunities?” I had been in my job for 24 years. I found myself in a situation I never expected.

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Miffed About MIPS
October 23, 2019
Posted by: Sharda Kohli

Miffed About MIPS

As my organization shifts to discussions about participation in the radiation oncology alternative payment model (RO-APM), I am worried about the costs of meeting this new mandate. If our country is serious about a value-based payment system for health care, we must make sure that the total cost of delivering and demonstrating value is part of the equation.

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Incident Reporting Using RO-ILS
October 3, 2019
Posted by: Jana Grienke, Tammy McCausland

Incident Reporting Using RO-ILS

In this Q&A, Jana Grienke, clinical department administrator, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, shared her experience with using ASTRO’s RO-ILS for incident reporting.

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Decoding Demographic Shifts and Understanding Generational Insights
September 15, 2019
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Decoding Demographic Shifts and Understanding Generational Insights

This blog is a summary of the keynote presentation by Kim Lear, generational expert and founder of Inlay Insights.

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What's Your Go-To Quotation
June 17, 2019
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

What's Your Go-To Quotation

I’m writing this on a Monday. Online every Monday the hashtags #MotivationMonday and #MondayMotivation accompany memes with famous quotations designed to encourage and inspire us as we begin a new work week. Why do so many people find Mondays so hard? Are weekends always that good?

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Safety First Culture – One Administrator's Perspective
April 10, 2019
Posted by: Patricia Saponaro

Safety First Culture – One Administrator's Perspective

If ever there was a field for which safety culture is critically important, it is radiation oncology. This is due, in part, to the danger posed by introducing radiation to the human body. Add to this multiple human roles in processing every treatment plan, and the psychological complexity of dealing with cancer patients and their hopes, fears and expectations. It becomes important to explore: what are the necessary ingredients to create a successful safety culture? I think there are four pertinent criteria to safety first culture.

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8 Tips to Avoid Workplace Burnout & Ensure Job Satisfaction
March 19, 2019
Posted by: Sharda Kohli

8 Tips to Avoid Workplace Burnout & Ensure Job Satisfaction

As administrators in radiation oncology many of us are tasked with diverse responsibilities that don’t fit neatly into a job description. Though we are in leadership roles, oftentimes we are the chief cook and the bottlewasher, the go-to people that step in to ensure that last-minute crises are avoided. We get the job done. And while that level of involvement can be rewarding and challenging, it can quickly lead to burnout. Read on for 8 tips to avoid workplace burnout and ensure job satisfaction.

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Welcome to the SROA Sidebar Blog
February 6, 2019
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Welcome to the SROA Sidebar Blog

Through this blog, as well as through the newsletter and eNews, I will continue to bring you relevant, timely—and interesting, I hope—articles, information and links to news. We plan to include content on work/life balance, managing and developing staff, patient experience, the challenges of pre-authorizations, and more. The blog will feature posts written by guest contributors.

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