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Unformatted text preview: Medical and Health Services Managers (O*NET 11-9111.00) Signifi cant Points ● Rapid employment growth is projected; job opportuni- ties will be especially good in offi ces of health practi- tioners, general medical and surgical hospitals, home health care services, and outpatient care centers. ● Applicants with work experience in health care and strong business and management skills likely will have the best opportunities. ● Earnings are high, but long work hours are common. ● A master’s degree is the standard credential for most positions, although a bachelor’s degree is adequate for some entry-level positions in smaller facilities and in health information management. Nature of the Work Health care is a business and, like every other business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly. Medical and health services managers, also referred to as health care executives or health care administrators , plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. Medical and health services managers include spets and generalists. Spets are in charge of specifi c clinical departments or services, while generalists manage or help manage an entire facility or system. The structure and financing of health care are changing rapidly. Future medical and health services managers must be pre- pared to deal with evolving integrated health care delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory envi- ronment, restructuring of work, and an increased focus on preventive care. They will be called on to improve effi ciency in health care facilities and the quality of the health care provided. Increasingly, medical and health services managers will work in organizations in which they must optimize effi ciency of a variety of related ser- vices—for example, those ranging from inpatient care to outpatient followup care. Large facilities usually have several assistant administrators to aid the top administrator and to handle daily decisions. Assistant administrators may direct activities in clinical areas such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. (Managers in nonhealth areas, such as administrative services, computer and information systems, fi nance, and human resources, are not included in this statement. For information about them, see the statements on management occupations elsewhere in the Handbook. ) In smaller facilities, top administrators handle more of the details of daily operations. For example, many nursing home administrators manage personnel, fi nances, facility operations, and admissions and also have a larger role in resident care. Clinical managers have training or experience in a specifi c clinical area and, accordingly, have more specifi c responsibilities than do generalists. For example, directors of physical therapy are experienced physical therapists, and most health information and medical record administrators have a bachelor’s degree in health...
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course NURS 10010 taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '08 term at Kent State.
- Spring '08