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Administration Skills You Learn as a Medical Assistant Pay Off

Posted On Feb 24, 2021

One of the biggest perks of becoming a medical assistant is the flexibility this unique healthcare career provides. As a medical assistant, you’ll learn both clinical and administrative skills that will give you plenty of rewarding, versatile career opportunities to explore in the future.

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Clinic administrators are also commonly referred to as office managers and have a long list of responsibilities which may include the hiring and training of staff, creating staff schedules, and conducting staff meetings. Other duties may include maintaining the facility, implementing policies, and overseeing office billing. The tasks required largely depend on the clinic, but the administrative skills you learn by becoming a medical assistant, can help you succeed in almost any type of office setting.

Nursing Home Administrator

A nursing home administrator oversees clinical and administrative tasks associated within the facility. Some of the responsibilities of a nursing home administrator may include the hiring and training of staff, as well as supervision of financial matters and medical care. Other tasks may include the ordering and upkeep of medical supplies.

Social Welfare Administrator

Social welfare administrators coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. They utilize their administrative skills to provide direct service and support to individuals or clients by managing referrals, performing needs and evaluations, and resolving complaints. They’re also expected to create and maintain relationships with other organizations and agencies to ensure all community needs are being met. They also manage staff and volunteers and perform evaluations.  

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Health Information Manager

The main responsibility of a health information manager is securing and organizing patient records. Health information managers spend a significant amount of time working with IT professionals, researching software that will meet the terms of federal orders for storing electronic patient records. Health information managers must ensure that these records are complete and accurate, as medical records may be used for investigations, research, or quality management.

Healthcare Program Director

If you have an interest in education, you can work in universities as a healthcare program administrator. The program director is responsible for maintaining the overall quality of education and learning materials, including course curriculums, faculty and students.

Hospice Administrator

Hospice administrators manage the financial operations including accounting, planning, and budgeting. They work closely with medical, business, and community groups to discuss the service needs of the community. They’re also responsible for developing and executing policies and procedures for hospice units.

Home Health Administrator

A home health administrator supervises nurses and other healthcare workers who provide care to patients in their own homes. Home health administrators ensure that all staff, funding, and patient needs are being met. They’re also responsible for hiring, staffing, training, and employee development.

Consulting Healthcare Administrator

Consulting administrators have the opportunity to work for any healthcare facility in need of a consultant. Responsibilities usually include implementing systems around employee development, information technology, finance, and human resources. Since they’re hired independently to work with a group of people, a consulting administrator can offer unbiased and innovative ideas and solutions. 

Where Will a Career in Medical Assisting Lead You?

There are plenty of versatile career opportunities to explore after becoming a medical assistant. Whether you enjoy working directly with patients or wish to take the administrative skills you gained on the job and use them as a foundation to build on a successful career in the administrative realm, the choice is up to you. Contact Athena Career Academy for more information on becoming a medical assistant and discover where this exciting career path can lead you.  

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