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Health Services Manager Profile

Health Services Manager Profile

Steve Berman | NursingLink

Talk about the people who work in a hospital, physician’s office, nursing home, or any other type of medical facility, and most will focus on doctors and nurses. But while there’s a lot of lifesaving going on that requires the talents of those aforementioned medical professionals, medicine is indeed a business. To keep that business running, medical providers require the organizational and financial training possessed by health services managers.

What Do Health Services Managers Do?

While they all wear many hats, above all else health services managers are looked upon to make healthcare facilities more efficient. That’s not just efficiency in terms of profits vs. losses, but efficiency of care as well.

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Health services managers commonly work in larger medical facilities, overseeing assistant managers who attend to day-to-day decision-making. Contrast that with health services managers at smaller facilities, who work more on handling daily operations as opposed to focusing more on delegation.

There are a couple different types of health services managers, regardless of where they work. Those who focus on a certain specialty, such as physical therapy, are known as clinical managers. Their duties include developing policies and procedures, figuring out budgets and supervising employees, among others.

Managers who deal with patients’ records are known as health information managers. With Federal restrictions in place to protect privacy for patients, it’s important to have someone with the skills and training in both the laws in place and the technology required to store and access records correctly.

How Do You Become a Health Services Manager?

It’s possible to find an entry-level management position in a smaller facility with just a bachelor’s degree. Or a management job in physician’s office that’s looking more for work experience than formal schooling. However, most health services manager positions require a master’s or doctoral degree.

Common degrees either required or suggested to gain entry in this field include a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), health sciences, health services administration, long-term care administration, public health, or public administration.

How is the Job Outlook?

With the health care industry continually growing and changing due to the aging population and governmental regulation, job prospects for health services managers are higher than the average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job openings for such positions will increase 16 percent from 2008 to 2018. However, with the growth of outpatient care clinics and other specialized facilities, job growth for health services managers will be slower in hospitals than years past.

How Much Do Health Service Managers Get Paid?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 the average annual salary for health services managers was $80,240. The middle 50 percent earn between $62,170 and $104,120, and the highest 10 percent earn more than $137,800. The highest earners traditionally work in larger hospital settings, with those managing home health or nursing care facilities make slightly less.

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