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Working As A Director Of Health Services

  • 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Health Services 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 Director Of Health Services

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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Director Of Health Services Career Paths

Director Of Health Services
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Residence Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Executive Director Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Home Service Director
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Education Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Management
Revenue Director
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
Chief Program Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nurse Manager 4.0 years
Nursing Director 3.5 years
Clinical Director 3.4 years
Health Director 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Director Of Health Services
Staff Nurse 17.3%
Nurse 4.9%
Director 3.8%
Consultant 2.7%
Top Careers After Director Of Health Services
Director 4.6%
Consultant 4.3%
Nurse 4.0%

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Director Of Health Services Demographics

Gender

Female

65.1%

Male

25.2%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

65.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.3%

French

10.8%

Italian

7.7%

German

4.6%

Portuguese

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Russian

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Filipino

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Bosnian

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Malay

1.5%

Macedonian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Afrikaans

1.5%
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Director Of Health Services Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.0%

Walden University

12.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

New York University

4.7%

Capella University

4.7%

University of Saint Francis

4.4%

Webster University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Excelsior College

3.8%

Temple University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.2%

University of Connecticut

3.2%

Columbia University

3.2%

South University

3.2%

Bellevue University

3.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.9%

Ohio State University

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

45.7%

Business

10.8%

Health Care Administration

7.2%

Social Work

6.0%

Public Health

3.8%

Management

3.2%

Clinical Psychology

3.2%

Psychology

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Education

1.9%

School Counseling

1.8%

Mental Health Counseling

1.7%

Nursing Science

1.6%

Medicine

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Public Administration

1.2%

Biology

1.0%

Health Education

0.9%

Educational Leadership

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

38.9%

Bachelors

23.2%

Other

12.5%

Associate

11.4%

Doctorate

7.5%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.7%

License

1.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$50,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
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Median 50%
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Steward Health Care System
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Director Of Health Services make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Health Services in the United States is $77,716 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

Real Director Of Health Services Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services Day Kimball Helathcare Putnam, CT Sep 16, 2010 $220,000
Director, Community Health Services Beth Medrash Govoha of America Lakewood, NJ Jan 11, 2008 $180,000
Director of Health Services Thrifty Management Services Glendale, CA Jul 11, 2011 $125,000 -
$150,000
Director, Surveillance & Health Services Research American Cancer Society, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 24, 2014 $120,000
Director of Health Services Familia Development LLC Schaumburg, IL Oct 01, 2011 $120,000
Director of Health Services Thrifty Management Services, Inc. Glendale, CA Oct 12, 2012 $110,000 -
$160,000
Director of Health Services Thrifty Management Services, Inc. Glendale, CA Jul 11, 2011 $100,000 -
$150,000
Director, Health Services ASB Assocoates Inc. DBA Genesis CA Nov 15, 2016 $93,000
Director of Health Care Services Sunrise Community, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 15, 2014 $92,500
Mental Health Services Director Central Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Chicago, IL Jul 22, 2016 $91,850
Director of Health Services Silverado Senior Living-Beverly Place Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2010 $90,000
Registered Nurse-Director of Health Services Silverado Senior Living-Beverly Place Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2010 $90,000
Director Interventions Surveillance & Health Services Research American Cancer Society Atlanta, GA May 02, 2016 $85,000 -
$123,000
Associate Director Health Services Research Precision Health Economics LLC Los Angeles, CA Nov 05, 2016 $84,926
Health Department Service Director Janitorial Commercial Services Inc. Fort Myers, FL Feb 15, 2012 $77,625
Medical and Health Services Director Hemant Patel M.D. P.C. New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $76,489
Medical and Health Services Director Bedford Park Management Group New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $75,132
Mental Health Services Director Winston Manor Nursing Home Chicago, IL Jul 09, 2016 $72,800
Director of Health Services GAA, LLC Glendale, CA Aug 30, 2013 $67,076
Director of Health Services GAA, LLC Glendale, CA Aug 30, 2016 $66,033
Director, Health Services ADHC Inc. Temple City, CA Sep 01, 2013 $62,610
Director, Health Services Glendale Hills Adult Day Health Care Center Glendale, CA Feb 01, 2010 $62,610
Director, Health Services Glendale Hills Adult Day Health Care Center Glendale, CA Feb 01, 2010 $61,817
Director, Health Services Glendale Hills Adult Day Health Care Center Glendale, CA Aug 30, 2010 $61,817
Director of Home Health Services Excellence Home Health Care Agency, Inc. Chino, CA Oct 01, 2010 $56,285
Health Services Director Lamag Home Care, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $55,000

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  1. Health Care
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Mental Health
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  • Provide training to clinical staff and Specialized Therapeutic Foster parents.
  • Developed departmental protocols and procedures and monitored for compliance.

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