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Working As A Medical Consultant

  • 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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Medical Consultant
Office Manager Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Director Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Medical Officer Director Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Case Manager Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions And Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Nursing Director
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager Practice Manager
Consulting Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Officer Medical Director Administrative Director
Director Of Operations Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Practice Manager Information Technology Director Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Practice Manager Assistant Director Food Service Director
Hospital Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Supervisor Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Manager, Provider Relations
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Scientist Laboratory Manager
Director Of Laboratory Services
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Clinical Supervisor Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Reviewer Physician Billing Supervisor
Patient Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Administrator Practice Administrator Medical Office Manager
Medical Practice Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Reviewer Utilization Review Nurse Registered Nurse Manager
Quality Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$90,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$178,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Blue Shield of California
Highest Paying City
Newark, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Medical Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Consultant in the United States is $90,611 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $178,000.

Real Medical Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Consultant, Middle East Lahey Clinic, Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 31, 2012 $301,008
Physician Consultant Oki Kidney Care, LLC Cincinnati, OH Jan 09, 2016 $208,700
Physician Consultant Oki Kidney Care, LLC Cincinnati, OH Feb 04, 2014 $208,700
Physician Consultant Oki Kidney Care, LLC Lawrenceburg, IN Feb 04, 2014 $208,700
Physician Consultant Oki Kidney Care, LLC Milford, OH Jul 15, 2013 $208,700
Medical Consultant, Middle East Lahey Clinic, Inc. Burlington, MA Aug 31, 2009 $150,598 -
$301,008
Medical Consultant/Trainer for Orthopedic Devices and Their Medfix International, LLC Tucson, AZ Oct 01, 2015 $117,000
Pharmaceutical & Medical Diagnostics Consultant Convoco, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $100,000
Medical Consultant United Medical Instruments San Jose, CA Oct 12, 2007 $74,297
Integrative Medical & Health Consultant Tbs Realty, LLC New York, NY Mar 02, 2010 $72,022
Medical Consultant/Trainer for Orthopedic Devices Medfix International, LLC Tucson, AZ Oct 01, 2012 $72,000
Medical Consultant Smithhanleyconsultinggroupllc, A Div. of Inventiv Parkton, NC Sep 20, 2010 $71,501 -
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Top Skills for A Medical Consultant

  1. Medical Records
  2. Healthcare
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed medical records and gave recommendations to determine if claimants were medically disabled in accordance with Social Security Administration regulations.
  • Performed reimbursement and evidence-based valuation analyses, product development support and market positioning for healthcare technology and service companies.
  • Maintain and update quarterly job aids Knowledge of Various laws, regulations and applicable requirements to ensure compliance.
  • Provided Internal Medicine care with a focus on Hypertension, Chronic Renal Diseases and Medical Reconciliation
  • Contracted to provide consultation to health care facilities serving developmentally disabled clients.

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Top 10 Best States for Medical Consultants

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New York
  4. District of Columbia
  5. South Dakota
  6. Delaware
  7. Nevada
  8. California
  9. North Dakota
  10. Oregon
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Medical Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

47.1%

Male

39.9%

Unknown

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.7%

French

9.3%

Russian

4.1%

German

4.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Portuguese

1.0%

Gujarati

1.0%

Bosnian

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Catalan

1.0%

Belarusian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Tamil

1.0%

Thai

1.0%
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Medical Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

New York University

6.2%

Temple University

6.2%

University of Washington

5.7%

The Academy

5.2%

Columbia University

5.2%

Central State University

5.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

University of the Sciences

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Georgetown University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

School of Health

4.1%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

West Virginia University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.6%
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Majors

Medicine

18.6%

Business

17.6%

Nursing

16.6%

Health Care Administration

9.1%

Public Health

4.5%

Psychology

3.8%

Biology

3.7%

Pharmacy

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Marketing

2.5%

Clinical Psychology

2.4%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Medical Technician

1.6%

Veterinary Science

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

English

1.5%

Chemistry

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Finance

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

26.5%

Other

22.9%

Masters

21.8%

Doctorate

16.2%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.2%
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