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Working As A Chief Medical Officer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $197,658

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Medical Officer Do

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.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

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.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

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.

Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.

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.

Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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How To Become A Chief Medical Officer

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. 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.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

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.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

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.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

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.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

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.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Chief Medical Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.2%

Female

35.4%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.2%

Arabic

11.1%

Hindi

8.3%

Portuguese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Gujarati

2.8%

German

2.8%

Marathi

2.8%

Greek

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Sanskrit

2.8%
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Chief Medical Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

Georgetown University

6.7%

Johns Hopkins University

6.7%

University of California - San Diego

5.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.7%

American College

5.7%

University of Wisconsin Extension

4.8%

University of Nebraska Medical Center

4.8%

New York University

4.8%

Harvard University

4.8%

Oregon Health & Science University

4.8%

New York Medical College

4.8%

Emory University

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

American University

3.8%

Columbia University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.8%

National College of Natural Medicine

2.9%
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Majors

Medicine

24.2%

Business

16.0%

Public Health

9.3%

Nursing

7.4%

Health Care Administration

7.4%

Biology

4.9%

Management

4.4%

Education

3.0%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.8%

Veterinary Science

2.8%

Physician Assistant

2.6%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.3%

Clinical Psychology

2.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.9%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%

Law

1.4%

Psychology

1.2%

Osteopathic Medicine

1.2%

Finance

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

33.8%

Other

26.6%

Doctorate

17.4%

Bachelors

14.0%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

3.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Real Chief Medical Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Medical Officer Cartersville Medical Center Cartersville, GA Nov 14, 2016 $417,400
Chief Medical Officer Infinity Discovery Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2013 $398,100
Chief Medical Officer Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2010 $380,000
Chief Medical Officer Sargent's Personnel Agency, Inc. Danville, PA Mar 01, 2014 $356,877
Chief Medical Officer MHM Correctional Services, Inc. Danville, PA Jun 20, 2014 $354,790
Chief Medical Officer Principia Biopharma Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $343,500
Chief Medical Officer Allergan Sales, LLC Goleta, CA Feb 28, 2011 $335,000
Chief Medical Officer Principia Biopharma Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 21, 2014 $330,000
Chief Medical Officer Alphaeon Corporation Santa Barbara, CA Dec 14, 2013 $300,000
Chief Medical Officer Strathspey Crown LLC Santa Barbara, CA Jan 04, 2014 $300,000
Director, Chief Medical Officer Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 24, 2012 $300,000
Director, Chief Medical Officer Health Hero Network, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $300,000
Chief Medical Officer Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 04, 2013 $280,000
Asst Prof & Asst Chief Medical Information Officer University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS Aug 03, 2015 $250,780
Chief Medical Informatics Officer Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Santa Rosa, CA Jan 15, 2016 $250,106
Chief Medical Information Officer Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Santa Rosa, CA Jan 15, 2016 $250,106
Chief Medical Officer Spring Branch Community Health Center Katy, TX Dec 15, 2015 $215,000
Chief Medical Officer Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Bothell, WA Feb 02, 2010 $215,000 -
$315,000
Chief Medical Officer Spring Branch Community Health Center Houston, TX Dec 15, 2015 $215,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Medical Officer

  1. Health Care
  2. Emergency
  3. Medicine
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  • Consulted on primary health care program development and designed alternative health care programs and remediation measures.
  • Attend monthly hospital administrative meetings for emergency department management as well as patient satisfaction committees.
  • Directed Medical Staff Office, including credentialing, and resolution of physician impairment and Board of Registration in Medicine investigations.
  • Championed quality and patient safety.
  • Respond to information requests from contracting agency and when applicable from Federal Court with oversight responsibility.

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Top 10 Best States for Chief Medical Officers

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Rhode Island
  3. New York
  4. Nevada
  5. Delaware
  6. New Mexico
  7. District of Columbia
  8. California
  9. New Jersey
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