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Healthcare Management Careers Overview

The number of healthcare careers is growing at a rapid pace. Because of policy changes and an aging population, among other factors, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 23% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.1 At any hospital, doctor's office or health-related facility, professionals with healthcare and business expertise are dedicated to working with healthcare practitioners to ensure the efficiency and operational effectiveness of their practice. With the Healthcare Management specialization, you could be positioned to take advantage as the healthcare industry expands and diversifies to meet new challenges.

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Professional Responsibilities


When you earn your bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management, you can be prepared to start a healthcare management career with a knowledge of human resources management, finance, policy and marketing as it relates to healthcare. Your professional responsibilities could include:

  • Improving quality and efficiency while managing costs
  • Managing compliance with new and changing regulations
  • Overseeing the digitization of patient records and ensuring their security as required by law

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Career Options


DeVry University graduates with this specialization can be prepared for healthcare management careers, such as:

  • Healthcare Administrators, who plan, coordinate, and supervise the functions of health care facilities and the staff that work there. They are responsible for the efficient operations in areas that range from finance to marketing and are often called on to maintain and develop professional standards, procedures, and policies for various institutional activities.
  • Clinical Administrative Coordinators, who oversee the daily operations of an assigned unit or section in a hospital. They are in charge of ensuring optimal efficiency in the unit in which they work, through scheduling, patient flow, human resources and other skills.
  • Admissions Coordinators, who manage preliminary paperwork for incoming patients, bed assignments and other inpatient/outpatient functions. They coordinate with all relevant departments, including finance, insurance and medical personnel, to ensure that policies and procedures are in place.
  • Business Office Supervisors, who supervise the day-to-day operations of a healthcare facility or doctor's office. This could include patient admission and registration, patient billing and collection, third-party payer relations and the preparation of insurance claims.
  • Home Care Administrators, who are in charge of office operations for a home care facility or organization. Typically, they oversee many aspects including planning, staffing and salary, as well as billing, facility admissions and discharge operations.
  • Medical Office Managers, who prepare payroll, manage the flow of correspondence, maintain files, requisition supplies and perform other clerical services.
  • Assistant Administrators, who assist executives in healthcare-related facilities in the management and operation of their institutions. This could include developing business plans, delivering marketing activities, providing liaison support between departments and creating policies.

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Industries

 

Healthcare management jobs are growing in a number of industries, including:

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Doctors' offices
  • Home care facilities
  • Hospital networks
  • Insurance companies

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