3 Reasons Being a Physician Peer Reviewer is a Great Job

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While most medical practitioners haven’t considered becoming a peer reviewer, there are a number of reasons to do so. Here are three reasons becoming a peer reviewer can benefit you, your colleagues, and your patients:

1. It helps speed up processes at your clinical practice.

Becoming a peer reviewer is a great way to learn the utilization review (UR) process and documentation requirements. This will help you provide better documentation to other peer reviewers, increase your chances of approval, prevent disputes, and move your patients through the process more quickly.

2. It gives you expertise you can share.

As a peer reviewer, you can teach colleagues how to successfully navigate UR processes. As a peer, you also understand other doctors’ points of view, and why they may request a particular treatment. This improves the quality of the decision, timely care, and ultimately reduces administrative and medical costs.

3. It gives you the freedom to work from anywhere.

Peer reviewers can work from home, their clinic, or while travelling. This can be particularly appealing or advantageous to retired physicians or those looking to take a temporary break from their practice.

Make a Rewarding Career Move

Serving as a peer reviewer is a different way to make a difference. As a physician, you help people every day. As a peer reviewer, you help patients AND help improve the healthcare system. Peer reviewers help patients get the care they need, prevent them from receiving unnecessary or even harmful care, and help promote responsible utilization of care. As you dedicate yourself and become efficient at peer reviewing, it can grow into a rewarding and lucrative aspect of your career. While physician peer reviewers never touch a patient or hand out medication, their evaluation of insurance claims, medical records, and subsequent decisions make them an integral part of the medical management process.

What do you love about physician peer review? Let us know in the comments below:

Zenia Cortes, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Zenia Cortes brings her combined expertise in sports and orthopaedic medicine to UniMed Direct, along with insights from her experience in peer and utilization review.

Comments (1)

  • URDC


    I certainly like being a peer reviewer for above reasons. But there are challenges as well. As a chiropractor I find it very challenging to find a position that has need for chiropractic peer reviewer. But then I see the same thing with MD reviewers as they seem to have hard time finding companies that require their specialties. Also, it is quite challenging to fill the specific case load with few companies. I need to sign up with numerous companies which mean learning different ways of generating reports as each companies tend to have their own software. I wish I can do the peer review full time. But that doesn’t seem to be possible for now.


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