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Working As A Health Care Administrator

  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Care Administrator Do

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring that it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Duties

Health information technicians typically do the following:

  • Review patients’ records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis 
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients’ records

Health information technicians document patients’ health information, including their medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare services that are provided to patients. Their duties vary by employer and by the size of the facility in which they work.

Although health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with registered nurses and other healthcare professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

The increasing adaptation and use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of health information technicians. Technicians will need to be familiar with, or be able to learn, EHR computer software, follow EHR security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information, as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt EHR systems.

Health information technicians can specialize in many aspects of health information. Some work as medical coders, sometimes called coding specialists, or as cancer registrars.

Medical coders typically do the following:

  • Review patient information for preexisting conditions, such as diabetes
  • Assign appropriate diagnoses and procedure codes for patient care, population health statistics, and billing purposes
  • Work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices

Cancer registrars typically do the following:

  • Review patients’ records and pathology reports to verify completeness and accuracy
  • Assign classification codes to represent the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and benign tumors
  • Conduct annual followups to track treatment, survival, and recovery
  • Compile and analyze cancer patient information for research purposes
  • Maintain facility, regional, and national databases of cancer patients

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How To Become A Health Care Administrator

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.

Education

Postsecondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology typically include courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, classification and coding systems, healthcare reimbursement methods, healthcare statistics, and computer systems. Applicants to health information technology programs may increase their chances of admission by taking high school courses in health, computer science, math, and biology.

A high school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in a healthcare setting are enough to qualify for some positions, but most jobs for health information technicians require postsecondary education.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.

Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.

Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.

Technical skills. Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have certification, or they may expect applicants to earn certification shortly after being hired. A health information technician can earn certification from several organizations. Certifications include the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others.

Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Many coding certifications also require coding experience in a work setting. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses.

A few states and facilities require cancer registrars to be licensed. Licensure requires the completion of a formal education program and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification.

Advancement

Health information technicians may advance to other health information positions by receiving additional education and certifications. Technicians may be able to advance to a position as a medical or health services manager after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree program and taking the required certification courses. Requirements vary by facility.

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Average Length of Employment
Health Technician 2.8 years
Home Health Care 2.7 years
Home Care Nurse 2.7 years
Home Health Nurse 2.7 years
Health Assistant 2.6 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Health Care Administrator
Cashier 10.3%
Nurse 3.0%
Internship 2.9%
Manager 2.0%
Top Careers After Health Care Administrator
Cashier 5.7%
Nurse 3.1%
Volunteer 2.7%
Internship 2.2%
Assistant 2.0%

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Health Care Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

63.7%

Male

21.7%

Unknown

14.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

French

11.4%

Italian

5.7%

Korean

3.4%

German

3.4%

Samoan

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Hawaiian

1.1%

Bosnian

1.1%

Norwegian

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Croatian

1.1%

Uyghur

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Serbian

1.1%
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Health Care Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.3%

Walden University

6.8%

Kaplan University

5.6%

Ohio University -

4.8%

Ashford University

4.8%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

University of Alabama

3.6%

Troy University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.2%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.8%

Strayer University

2.8%

The Academy

2.8%

Old Dominion University

2.8%

Community College of the Air Force

2.8%

A-Technical College

2.8%

Capella University

2.8%

University of Akron

2.4%
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Majors

Nursing

31.2%

Business

14.1%

Health Care Administration

13.3%

Medical Assisting Services

7.3%

Nursing Assistants

4.2%

Psychology

3.9%

Management

3.2%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Public Health

2.5%

General Studies

2.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.2%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Social Work

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%

Education

1.3%

Biology

1.1%

Finance

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

29.5%

Bachelors

24.8%

Masters

17.3%

Associate

14.7%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

3.7%

Doctorate

1.9%

License

1.8%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Health Care Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Health Care Administrator in the United States is $47,014 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

Real Health Care Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Care Administrator Hi-Tech Home Health Care, Inc. Plymouth, MI Jul 13, 2015 $88,920 -
$90,000
Health Care Administrator Mona Pervil-Ulysse, Md New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $87,654
Health Care Administrator Mona Pervil-Ulysse, Md New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $87,654
Health Care Administrator Mona Pervil-Ulysse, Md New York, NY Jul 15, 2014 $87,654
Home Health Care Administrator Paragon Home Healthcare, Inc. Portage, MI Sep 17, 2016 $85,000
Home Health Care Administrator Paragon Home Healthcare, Inc. Portage, MI Sep 17, 2013 $85,000
Health Care Facility Administrator Cyril Ovuworie, Md Prof. Corp Las Vegas, NV May 04, 2016 $84,344
Health Care Administrator Mintex N Tech Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Feb 05, 2016 $84,000
Health Care Administrator Mintex N Tech Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Nov 23, 2015 $83,720
Health Care Administrator Mintex N Tech Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Mar 06, 2014 $82,000
Health Care Administrator Catalino de La Cruz Md Pa Bloomfield, NJ Oct 31, 2011 $78,367
Health Care Administrator Lamington Pediatrics, PC Passaic, NJ Aug 30, 2014 $77,813
Health Care Facility Administrator Panagiotis Pagonis, Md, PC NY Aug 01, 2014 $77,813
Health Care Facility Administrator Panagiotis Pagonis, Md, PC NY Oct 01, 2014 $77,813
Health Care Administrator Lamington Pediatrics, PC Hackensack, NJ Aug 30, 2014 $77,813
Health Care Administrator/Manager Lamington Pediatrics, P.C. Hackensack, NJ Sep 15, 2013 $76,489
Health Care Facility Administrator Panagiotis Pagonis, Md, P.C. NY Oct 01, 2013 $76,232
Home Health Care Administrator A.K. Homecare Services LLC Ypsilanti, MI Oct 01, 2012 $64,584
Health Care Administrator Summer Time Lodge, Inc. Winter Park, FL Feb 10, 2012 $64,064
Home Health Care Administrator Paragon Home Healthcare, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Sep 14, 2010 $63,398
Home Health Care Administrator Paragon Home Healthcare, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Sep 16, 2010 $63,398
Health Care Facility Administrator Cyril Ovuworie, M.D., P.C. Las Vegas, NV Sep 13, 2016 $62,712
Health Care Administrator Cherish Home Health Services Canton, MI Sep 18, 2010 $62,000
Health Care Administrator Cherish Home Health Services Canton, MI Sep 15, 2010 $62,000
Health Care Administrator Cherish Home Health Services Canton, MI Sep 09, 2010 $62,000
Health Care Administrator Mirehab P.C. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 21, 2016 $60,500
Home Health Care Assistant Administrator A.N.N., Inc. Bingham Farms, MI Oct 01, 2012 $58,739

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Top Skills for A Health Care Administrator

  1. Health Care
  2. Patient Care
  3. Personal Care
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  • Access to health care can be evaluated through availability, affordability and acceptability.
  • Evaluated patient care procedural changes for effectiveness.
  • Provided in-home personal care for my newborn child who suffered from congenital cardiac, pulmonary and gastrointestinal anomalies.
  • Provided thorough supervision for day-to-day operations of facility in accordance with set policies and guidelines.
  • Monitor funded agencies to ensure compliance with programmatic, data and fiscal requirements.

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