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Working As A Medical Care Administrator

  • 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Care Administrator 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 Medical Care Administrator

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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Medical Care Administrator Career Paths

Medical Care Administrator
Nursing Home Administrator Administrator Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Home Administrator Administrator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Home Administrator Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Professional Services
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Vice President Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Team Manager Operations Manager Program Director
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Manager Office Manager Controller
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Team Manager Unit Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor Program Director
Branch Director
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Assistant Director Of Nursing
Director Of Staff Development
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Director Service Director
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Owner/Operator Food Service Manager
Patient Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Business Office Manager Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Assistant To The Director Residence Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Director Administrative Director
Director Of Operations Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engagement Manager Practice Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Patient Services Manager Finance Services Director
Reimbursement Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Administrator 3.4 years
Medical Manager 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Medical Care Administrator
Staff Nurse 10.5%
Internship 4.0%
Cashier 4.0%
Supervisor 2.9%
Nurse 2.7%
Manager 2.7%
Top Careers After Medical Care Administrator
Manager 4.4%
Director 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$53,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
SSM Health Care of Wisconsin Inc.
Highest Paying City
Glastonbury, CT
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Medical Care Administrator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Care Administrator in the United States is $80,470 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $53,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $121,000.

Real Medical Care Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Patient Care Administrator Ability Works Rehab Services LLC Farmington, MI Sep 07, 2015 $67,000
Patient Care Administrator Mirehab P.C. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 08, 2015 $67,000
Patient Care Administrator Mirehab P.C. Farmington Hills, MI Dec 09, 2016 $60,500
Patient Care Administrator Hillsboro Allergy & Family Medicine, Inc. Deerfield Beach, FL Dec 15, 2010 $58,885
Home Care Administrator First Choice Home Care LLC Southfield, MI Dec 14, 2015 $49,462
Home Care Administrator First Choice Home Care LLC Southfield, MI Aug 10, 2015 $49,462

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Top Skills for A Medical Care Administrator

  1. Facility
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitate new company system implementations at each office/facility related to clinical practice (patient care previsions) and/or ops.
  • Conducted scheduled and unscheduled statutory inspections of certified ambulance and first response agencies to ensure compliance with appropriate Public Health Law.
  • Maintained updated knowledge with treatment protocols, response requirements and quality assurance procedures.
  • Position was eliminated as two patient care administrator positions were no longer required with company reorganization in the Bay area.
  • Develop and implement financial management.

Medical Care Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

60.8%

Male

24.5%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Mandarin

6.3%

Hebrew

6.3%

Chinese

6.3%

French

6.3%
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Medical Care Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.5%

Bellevue University

8.6%

Temple University

4.8%

Excelsior College

4.8%

University of Saint Francis

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.8%

Truman State University

3.8%

Florida International University

3.8%

Marywood University

3.8%

Strayer University

3.8%

Ohio University -

2.9%

New York University

2.9%

Brigham Young University

2.9%

University of Toledo

2.9%

Kaplan University

2.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.9%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

2.9%

Ashford University

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

29.4%

Business

20.5%

Health Care Administration

11.7%

Management

4.7%

Psychology

4.5%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Social Work

3.7%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Public Health

1.7%

Nursing Assistants

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Gerontology

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.9%

Masters

22.0%

Other

21.1%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

3.0%

License

2.8%

Doctorate

1.5%
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