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The Fastest-Growing Jobs In Healthcare Administration

by Dr. Kimberly Perkins, MEd, NHA

With the population segment aged 65 and older rapidly increasing and technological advancements on the rise, health-care administration jobs are also quickly changing. Health-care administration jobs include a wide spectrum of positions, including administrative assistant, human resource generalist and business office coordinator. However, the number of jobs is growing in only a few positions as a result of economic changes, market forces and technological advancements in health care.

Nursing Home Administrator Jobs

As the population continues to age, the demand for senior health-care services will continue to grow. One common senior health-care service is nursing home care. Nursing home administrators must be state-licensed to oversee the operations of a nursing home. They are responsible for providing quality care in the nursing home, maintaining resident’s rights and ensuring adequate staffing levels. Nursing home administrator jobs require a state license and, often, a bachelor’s degree in health-care administration or other management-related field.

Administrator-in-Training Jobs

Often alongside the nursing home administrator is the assistant administrator, or the administrator-in-training. The administrator-in-training is learning the ropes as a future licensed nursing home administrator. Working under the licensed professional, the administrator-in-training is progressively given tasks, responsibilities and even specific departments to manage. Administrator-in-training jobs can be a volunteer internship position or a long-term paid position. Administrator-in-training jobs often do not require formal educational training or licensing.

Health Information Technology Positions

Regulatory changes in the health-care environment are heightening demand for advanced technology in health care. The enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 mandate that health-care organizations, specifically clinics, must modernize their health information technology capabilities. This regulatory change has dramatically increased the demand for health-care administration positions seasoned in health information technology, including electronic medical records, telemedicine, telehealth, and telepharmacy.

Health-care Coding Jobs

In an environment of technology, health-care administration has altered its once manual methodologies of billing into electronic formats. Heightened dependence on Resource Utilization Groups, Diagnosis Related Groups and International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems has yielded a high demand for health-care coding specialists. Likewise, technological advancements in coding, billing and reimbursement are expected to increase. Health-care coding jobs often require an associate’s degree or vocational certificate.

About the Author

Dr. Kimberly Perkins is a seasoned leader in health care administration with experience in independent, assisted, skilled nursing, critical access, rural health, and memory care services. Perkins has performed in a music video by the Assisted Living Federation of America. Having lived as an undercover nursing home resident, she understands firsthand how to provide care to those in need.

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