Health Services Administrator
Health services administrators have vastly different roles depending on their job title, but overall, they are tasked with ensuring that health care services are coordinated and delivered effectively and in keeping with health care law. Some health care administrators assist in the daily business operations of hospitals or specific hospital departments, such as health information, and those who head up clinical departments often have a background as a health care practitioner. Health services administration is a fast-growing occupation, with 22% employment growth expected for medical and health services managers between 2010 and 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Health services administrators earned a median yearly salary of $84,270 in May 2010, but salaries can vary a great deal depending on your level of experience, the type and size of health care facility you work for, and your particular job responsibilities. Job duties for health services administrators might include:
- Ensuring that health care services are delivered quickly and at the utmost quality
- Ensuring that the health care facility or department is compliant in all areas of relevant health care law
- Supervises and directs the work of all assistants, clinical staff, or health care technicians that work in that particular department
- Manages heath care accounts or finances, hiring and firing personnel, or scheduling the shifts of clinical or other health care personnel
- Develops, implements, and evaluates health care policies, goals, and procedures
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required to become a health services administrator, but many possess a master’s degree, the BLS explained. A Masters in Healthcare Management or Masters in Healthcare Administration is a fitting degree for these positions, as these degrees provide instruction and training in health care finance and accounting, human resources, ethical leadership, health economics, and strategic management of health care organizations. This is particularly beneficial for those seeking management positions who come from a clinical background and are not prepared for the business side of health care. Master’s degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public administration, public health, or business administration may also be appropriate, depending on the job position you are pursuing.
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