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Administration Health Care

While the exact tasks of health care administrators will vary based on the size and function of the organization, the role shares similarities with other leadership positions. As a health care administrator, your day-to-day responsibilities might include:

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Working as a health care administrator gives you the power to change lives by ensuring the best possible patient experience. A doctor or nurse might only see a dozen patients each day. Through your work as a health care administrator, you have the opportunity to positively affect hundreds if not thousands of people. You can have an impact from behind the scenes, without needing a medical degree or direct patient care experience.

The global health care market is expected to grow by nearly nine percent annually by 2022 [1]. This demand can make health care administration a well-paying career option, as well as a rewarding one. The median annual salary for health care administrators in the US in 2021 was $101,340, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics [2].

Studying in person lets you take advantage of the community and facilities available on most college campuses. Class schedules tend to be rigid. This can make it difficult to manage a career, family, or other obligations at the same time. If you have a specific health care administration program in mind, you may also have to relocate to get the degree you want.

Studying online allows you to continue gaining valuable work experience in the health care sector while bringing home a paycheck. You can earn a degree from a top university without having to move, all while learning from the same professors as your in-person peers.

Some programs in health administration give you the opportunity to specialize in a specific field of study. Depending on your interests, you might choose to specialize in health care informatics, management, law and policy, digital tools, or patient advocacy, among others.

Earning your health care administration degree expands your career options in the quickly-growing health care field. It also involves a significant commitment of both time and money. Think about your career goals and lifestyle to decide which degree path is right for you.

Master of Business Administration (MBA): If you already have work experience in health care, earning your MBA in health care administration can help you progress into management positions.

Business Wire. "The $11.9 Trillion Global Healthcare Market: Key Opportunities & Strategies (2014-2022)," Accessed April 22, 2022.

About 56,600 openings for medical and health services managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.

Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Most medical and health services managers work full time. Some managers work more than 40 hours per week. Work during evenings or weekends may be required in healthcare settings that are open at all hours, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Medical and health services managers may need to be on call in case of emergencies.

Common majors for medical and health services managers include healthcare and related fields, such as health administration, nursing, or public policy and social services. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $60,780, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $205,620.

Most medical and health services managers work full time. Some managers work more than 40 hours per week. Work during evenings or weekends may be required in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes, which are open at all hours. Medical and health services managers may need to be on call in case of emergencies.

As the large baby-boom population enters older age groups, which typically experience more health problems, there should be increased demand for healthcare services. This means there will be greater need for physicians and other healthcare workers, medical procedures, and healthcare facilities, and therefore greater need for managers to organize and oversee medical information and healthcare staff. These managers are important for improving care coordination, which is key in team-based care.

In addition, widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to create demand for managers with knowledge of health information technology (IT) and informatics systems. Medical and health services managers will be needed to organize, oversee, and integrate these records across areas of the healthcare industry.

Healthcare administrators regularly interact with doctors, nurses, surgeons, and technicians. They direct the operation of healthcare organizations and rarely meet directly with the patients in the healthcare facility.<