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How to Tackle Healthcare Worker Burnout
May 2, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

How to Tackle Healthcare Worker Burnout

Renowned psychologist Christina Maslach, who created the Maslach Burnout Inventory, has remarked that even before the pandemic healthcare workers were at a higher risk for burnout. The pandemic has exacerbated the burnout problem as care providers and caretakers have struggled to keep pace.1 According a survey highlighted in a March 2022 HealthcareDive article, one-third of nurses plan to quit their jobs by the end of this year.2 Physician burnout increased from 42 percent in 2020 to 47 percent in 2021 according to the Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2022: Stress, Anxiety and Anger.3 The report notes that “Most physicians said that burnout permeates most aspects of their lives, with 54% indicating that the impact was strong to severe, including with their relationships.”3

Since the pandemic has worsened burnout and the coronavirus continues to stretch the country’s healthcare resources to their limits, how can healthcare leaders help their teams tackle burnout? We highlight several recent articles that offer suggestions.

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How to Tackle Medical Physicist Burnout
April 1, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

How to Tackle Medical Physicist Burnout

This article is adapted, in part, from an article that appeared in SROA’s publication, Radiation Oncology for Administrators (Vol 31 No 5).

Many medical physicists have shared their concerns with me about their overwhelming workloads and exhaustion. Debbie Schofield decided to explore the prevalence of burnout in the medical physicist community as part of her doctoral studies. She conducted a study about job-related attitudes and burnout in the medical physics profession.

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How to Help Radiation Oncology Patients Avoid Financial Toxicity
March 3, 2022
Posted by: Brenda Marie Palo and Tina Berry

How to Help Radiation Oncology Patients Avoid Financial Toxicity

This article is adapted, in part, from an article that appeared in SROA’s publication, Radiation Oncology for Administrators (Vol 31 No 5).

The National Cancer Institute describes financial toxicity as “problems a cancer patient has related to the cost of treatment.” Out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments, deductibles and coinsurance not covered by health insurance, can cause patients financial distress. Financial hardship due to treatment can cause higher household debt, depletion of savings and even the need to seek bankruptcy protection. Financial issues affect patients’ emotional and physical well-being and their survival. Some patients may even have to delay or abandon treatment.

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Cancer Awareness Days
February 3, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Cancer Awareness Days

There are more than 100 types of cancer. Cancers are usually named after the organs or tissues where they are located. Major cancers like breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, liver, cervical and ovarian cancer are more well-known because there are more diagnoses. We put together a list of important cancer awareness days that are recognized nationally and internationally each year. This list is comprehensive, but not exhaustive, so we apologize for any we’ve missed.

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Cancer Awareness Months
January 11, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Cancer Awareness Months

Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected personally by cancer. In 2021, the American Cancer Society estimated there would be 1.9 million new cancer diagnoses in the U.S. and 608,570 cancer deaths. The National Cancer Institute reported that in 2020, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers accounted for an estimated 43 percent of all cancers diagnosed in men in 2020; breast, lung and colorectal accounted for an estimated 50 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women.

We have put together a list of cancer awareness months

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Tailoring Radiotherapy Using GARD
December 14, 2021
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Tailoring Radiotherapy Using GARD

Content in the blog post is adapted from an article published in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators Vol 31 No 4.

Genomic-adjusted radiation dose (GARD) shows great promise in helping clinicians tailor radiotherapy treatments for patients. SROA first published an article about GARD in 2017. A new study about GARD published in The Lancet Oncology “validates the association between GARD and radiation therapy outcome in a large cohort of patients, across seven different cancer types.” These cancers include cancers of the breast, head and neck, endometrium, melanoma, glioma, pancreas and lung (NSCLC).

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Radiation Oncology Billing and Coding Q&A – Part 4
November 10, 2021
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Radiation Oncology Billing and Coding Q&A – Part 4

Teri Bedard, Executive Director, Client & Corporate Resources with Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, discusses new technologies. This content originally appeared in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators, Vol. 31 No. 3.

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Radiation Oncology Billing and Coding Q&A – Part 3
October 28, 2021
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Radiation Oncology Billing and Coding Q&A – Part 3

Teri Bedard, Executive Director, Client & Corporate Resources with Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, discusses the impact of COVID-19, telehealth, and hypofractionation. This content originally appeared in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators, Vol. 31 No. 3.

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2021 Workshop: Mentoring and Being Mentored - Presented by Patty Saponaro
October 25, 2021
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

2021 Workshop: Mentoring and Being Mentored - Presented by Patty Saponaro

Patty Saponaro, Associate Chair for Administration at UNC Radiation Oncology, presented on mentoring and being mentored.

The leader’s role is to be curious, to keep learning, and to teach others, she said. You have to start with the work (what work needs to be done) and knowing what you have to offer and what the person wants. In doing so, you’re asking the person to be self-reflective about why they’re seeking mentorship.

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2021 General Session: Crisis Leadership in a Time of Pandemic - Presented by Dr. Ralph Gigliotti
October 25, 2021
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

2021 General Session: Crisis Leadership in a Time of Pandemic - Presented by Dr. Ralph Gigliotti

Sunday afternoon’s general session address featured Dr. Ralph Gigliotti, Director of Rutgers University’s Center For Organizational Leadership. He spoke about how crisis has become a more negative and complex term.

He presented six key strategies for administrators:

  1. Focus on items within your immediate control and influence.
  2. Develop a clear understanding of your leadership goals.
  3. Design strategies for meaningfully engaging others in strategy, change, planning and crisis efforts.
  4. Prioritize wellness and well-being.
  5. Adopt people-centered approaches for navigating the “minefield” of the post-pandemic workplace.
  6. Remember your why.

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