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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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University of Phoenix16.5%
State University of New York Albany7.0%
New York University6.1%
University of South Florida5.2%
University of Toledo5.2%
Southern New Hampshire University5.2%
Johns Hopkins University4.3%
University of Cincinnati3.5%
State University of New York Buffalo3.5%
Thomas Edison State University3.5%
Trident University International3.5%
State University of New York College at Oswego3.5%
University of Pittsburgh -3.5%
Grand Canyon University3.5%
Community College of Allegheny County3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Health Care Program Manager||Yale New Haven Hospital||New Haven, CT||Jun 11, 2014||$113,022|
|Health Care Medical Manager/Administrator||Delta Home Health Care Inc.||Oak Brook, IL||May 01, 2016||$109,304|
|Manager, Health Care Analytics||Milliman Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 27, 2012||$105,000|
|Health Care Manager||Middletown Medical PC||Middletown, NY||Feb 13, 2012||$98,089|
|Health Care Manager||Arizona & 21St. Corp.||Santa Monica, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$95,826|
|Health Care Manager||Middletown Medical PC||Middletown, NY||Sep 21, 2010||$95,000|
|Health Care Manager||Palisades Park Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine, Pa||Palisades Park, NJ||Jul 20, 2011||$93,642|
|Health Care Manager||Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan||Detroit, MI||Jul 15, 2011||$92,000 -
|Manager, Health Care||Business for Social Responsibility||New York, NY||May 21, 2012||$85,000|
|Manager, Health Care||Business for Social Responsibility||New York, NY||May 14, 2012||$85,000|
|Health Care Manager||Middletown Medical PC||Middletown, NY||Sep 21, 2016||$82,666|
|Health Care Compliance Manager||Glencrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd.||Chicago, IL||Nov 04, 2011||$81,307|
|Health Care Manager||Middletown Medical PC||Middletown, NY||Sep 21, 2013||$76,489|
|Health Care Manager||Hana Healthcare, P.C.||Nov 15, 2011||$75,132|
|Health Care Manager||Hana Healthcare, P.C.||Englewood, NJ||Nov 15, 2011||$75,132|
|Health Care Manager||Chung Song Ja Corp.||Lynnwood, WA||Sep 09, 2013||$75,069|
|Health Care Manager||Narendra D. Patel, M.D.||Linden, NJ||Sep 02, 2010||$74,500|
|Manager, Health Care Analytics||Catholic Health Systems||Buffalo, NY||Mar 21, 2016||$73,125|
|Manager, Health Care Analytics||Maimonides Medical Center||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2014||$65,000|
|Health Care Manager||Michigan Therapeutic Solutions||Dearborn Heights, MI||Sep 20, 2016||$63,981|
|Manager, Health Care Analytics||Maimonides Medical Center||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2014||$63,000 -
|Ayurvedic Health Care Program Manager||Gopal & Saroj Basisht PTR||Orlando, FL||Dec 15, 2010||$61,755|
|Health Care Manager||Bide A Bode Home Care||Long Beach, CA||Nov 01, 2009||$60,523|
|Health Care Manager||Bide A Bode Home Care||Long Beach, CA||Jan 01, 2010||$60,523|
|Ptqa Coordinator-Health Care Manager||Emmanuel Home Health Inc.||Algonquin, IL||Oct 01, 2011||$60,341|
|Health Care Economist/Business Manager||Care One Service Agency Inc.||Blackfoot, ID||Jan 01, 2011||$59,010|
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