What Can I Do?
Health care executives, administrators and managers plan, direct, organize and control medical and health services organizations. They might manage an entire organization or facility, or they might specialize in managing a specific management area or department.
Health care is the largest industry in our nation and it is highly dynamic: health care managers must be able to adapt to changes in laws, regulations and technology.
Health care managers typically do the following:
- Work to improve efficiency and quality in the delivery of health care services
- Keep up to date on new laws and regulations and ensure organizational compliance
- Supervise assistant administrators, department heads and subordinate managers
- Manage the finances of the facility such as patient fees and billing
- Create work schedules and budgets
- Represent the facility in the community, at investor meetings, and on governing boards
- Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads
- Work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care employees.
Areas of Expertise
Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the area of expertise in which they work, and might include areas such as:
- Human resources
- Facility management
- Health law
- Information technology management
- Health policy
- Health economics
- Quality management
- Provider relations
The types of organizations in which they work are too numerous to list, but include organizations, businesses and settings such as:
- Physician practices and ambulatory care
- Nursing home and long-term care organizations
- Health information systems and technology
- Insurance and third-party reimbursement
- Government organizations
- Community service organizations
- Health policy
- Durable medical equipment companies
- Pharmaceutical industry