What Does a Healthcare Administrator Do?Healthcare professionals are often given the status of saints who take care of peo...
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The article "What does a Healthcare Administrator Do" talks about the duties and responsibilities of a healthcare administrator, the work environment and places where they can find work (hospitals, etc.). It also talks about the educational routes, advanced degrees, certifications and other relevant credentials that can help to become a healthcare administrator.

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  1. 1. What Does a Healthcare Administrator Do?Healthcare professionals are often given the status of saints who take care of people when they are mostvulnerable. But seldom do we give enough credit to those behind the scenes, who keep the business ofhealthcare running smoothly, the professionals who usually have little or no direct contact with patients,but who work to ensure that best possible care is provided to them.Who are these men and women, you must be wondering. These professionals are healthcareadministrators or health service managers and their main job is to plan, coordinate, direct, and supervisethe delivery of healthcare.So, what does a healthcare administrator do on a day-to-day basis? The duties and responsibilities of ahealthcare administrator may vary depending on their level of experience, qualification, and employer. Buton a broad level, healthcare administrators can be grouped into two main categories: 1. Generalists: These healthcare administrators are responsible for managing an entire healthcare facility or system. 2. Specialists: Also known as clinical managers, these professionals are accountable for a specific clinical department within a healthcare facility.The Tasks of a Healthcare AdministratorLike any other business, the business of healthcare also needs qualified professionals to oversee thefinancial, logistical, administrative, staffing, and other processes for optimum functioning. A generalisthealthcare administrator should be prepared to support all these business operations. The task list of ageneralist healthcare administrator includes: • Ensuring compliance with existing healthcare regulations • Framing and implementing policies and guidelines • Making hiring decisions and managing personnel • Approving budgets and allocating resources • Handling admissions and operations in a facility • Maintaining patient records and ensuring their safety • Allocating duties and creating schedules for staff • Coordinating billing and insurance claim procedures • Ordering equipment and other medical supplies • Handling external and internal communication • Interfacing with vendors and suppliers • Training and mentoring new recruitsCompared to this, the duties of a clinical manager are lot more specific. Depending on their training andexperience, they are in charge of policy framework and implementation as well as process improvementin a specific clinical department like cardiology, orthopedics, physical therapy, etc.How to Become a Healthcare AdministratorNow that you know what a healthcare administrator does, it’s time to move to the next important question:How does one become a healthcare administrator? The most relevant academic program for this job is ahealthcare administration degree.
  2. 2. A four-year bachelor’s program in healthcare administration may qualify graduates for entry-level jobs asassistant administrators or managers in large healthcare facilities. However, most employers demand amaster’s in health care administration or a graduate degree in a related field for executive-level positions.Other degrees that may qualify graduates for generalist healthcare manager roles are businessadministration, public health, health sciences, and public administration.Health information managers may be required to complete a degree program in health informatics orhealth information management. They should also consider getting certified by the American HealthInformation Management Association (AHIMA) to enhance their employability.Clinical managers, on the other hand, must have a degree in the clinical field they wish to supervise aswell as some hands-on experience in it.Once you have all the credentials necessary for the job, employment is possible in a variety of healthcareenvironments, including hospitals, clinics, residential care facilities, home healthcare services,government health agencies, etc.As for compensation, the latest payscale.com data has put the total earnings of a health servicesmanager in the range of $30,894 to $85,624,1 depending on education, experience, and location.Source:1. payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_and_Health_Services_Manager/Salary