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Career Spotlight: Healthcare Administrator

by South University
June 9, 2011

What is a healthcare administrator? 
A healthcare administrator is a manager who has a healthcare administration degree and oversees all aspects of patient care, while also balancing the demands of compliance with various policies, laws, and regulations. A healthcare administrator works closely with a facility’s governing board and medical staff to address a variety of concerns and activities, including developing and instituting policies and procedures, managing budgets, and obtaining grants for medical research.

There are two types of healthcare administrators, the generalist and the specialist. A generalist is responsible for managing an entire facility, while a specialist attends to day-to-day operations, such as budgeting, human resources, and marketing. Specific duties may vary with types of facilities, such as hospitals, medical group practices, and outpatient clinics to health maintenance organizations.

What is the job outlook for healthcare administrators?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Managers in all settings will be needed to improve quality and efficiency of healthcare, while controlling costs, as insurance companies and Medicare demand higher levels of accountability. Managers also will be needed to oversee the computerization of patient records and to ensure their security as required by law. Additional demand for managers will stem from the need to recruit workers and increase employee retention, to comply with changing regulations, to implement new technology, and to help improve the health of their communities by emphasizing preventive care.”

Is an online healthcare administration degree right for me? 
If you enjoy working in the healthcare industry and can handle the demands of managerial responsibilities, an online healthcare administration degree from South University might be the right choice for you.

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