Increased demand for health services administrators expected as population ages.
Health Services Management at a Glance
Graduates of the Health Services Management program are prepared for entry-level management positions in offices in a wide variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices. Most medical and health services managers have at least a Bachelor’s degree before entering the field, and Master’s degrees are also common. Health services administrators or health information technicians have the technology and business skills to organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. These positions typically require postsecondary certification and/or an Associate’s degree. Health information administrators may qualify for management positions after completing a Bachelor’s degree.
Typical Tasks Performed
The following are typical tasks performed by health services managers:
- Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
- Keep current on new laws and regulations to make sure employer is in compliance
- Supervise assistant administrators in facilities that are large enough to need them
- Create work schedules
The following are typical tasks performed by health information technicians or administrators:
- Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of data
- Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
- Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
- Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
Outlook for Employment
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to government statistics. Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages.
Industries That Employed the Most Medical and Health Services Managers in 2014:
- Hospitals; state, local, and private – 37%
- Nursing and residential care facilities – 10%
- Offices of physicians – 10%
- Government – 9%
- Home healthcare services – 6%
Industries That Employed the Most Health Information Technicians in 2014:
- Hospitals; state, local, and private – 38%
- Physician offices – 21%
- Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) – 7%
- Administrative and support services – 6%
- Professional, scientific, and technical services – 5%
Please note that these are national statistics and projections that might vary by location.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-1 and http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm