MHAOnline.com Features - What's Happening in Healthcare Administration?

This features section explores career paths, professors to know, industry changes, and other forces shaping the experience of online MHA students. These features cover the realities of pursuing an online degree, including applications tips, internship requirements, scholarship prospects, and advice for finding a job upon graduation.

Check back regularly for updates, including interviews with program administrators, career profiles, and application tips.

June 16, 2021

Hospice Administrator - A Day in the Life

Hospice administrators oversee the operations of a hospice agency. While a nursing home or a long-term care facility will focus on patient longevity, hospice services are provided to people who are believed to be in their last six months of life.

June 11, 2021

A Day in the Life of a Hospital CEO - An Interview with Dr. David Pate

Being the chief executive officer of a hospital means being part business leader and part politician, requiring a blend of diplomacy, advocacy, business management, and financial sense. And the stakes of this role aren’t just profit and loss, but life and death.

June 8, 2021

Healthcare Risk Management Week 2021: What Healthcare Managers Should Know

Healthcare risk managers are often the go-to professional in a crisis, acting as a liaison between providers, patients, families, organizational leaders, and the community. Effective healthcare risk management saves lives, prevents errors, lowers costs, optimizes outcomes, and boosts public health. On the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s never been more important.

May 18, 2021

Innovating American Healthcare: Integrating Public Health Goals and Healthcare Delivery

Imagine a future where hospitals and health systems share responsibility with the community and cross-sector partners in addressing social determinants and social risks. This means all are working together to break down silos, consolidate and organize resources for collective action,  identify evidence-based strategies, and share best practices to bring those strategies to scale.

May 17, 2021

Psychiatric-Mental Health Case Manager - A Day in the Life

Being a psychiatric-mental health manager is a rigorously demanding job that can tax one’s heart and soul, but the outcomes can also be life-changing: getting a homeless person into housing, finding an addict a support group, or placing a schizophrenic into a compassionate cycle of treatment.

April 30, 2021

Compliance Director - Education, Certification & Daily Responsibilities

Every game needs a set of rules. Industry regulations ensure a safe and equitable playing field for all involved participants. But these types of rules are far more complex than those found in an NFL game, and that’s why organizations operating in regulated areas hire experts specifically tasked with regulatory adherence.

April 26, 2021

Patient Experience Week 2021: A Healthcare Administrator's Advocacy Guide

The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is one of the most structurally significant changes to the US healthcare system in recent history. Under the value-based model, payment and reimbursement are directly linked to the quality of the care provided, and the patient’s experience of that care. But how does one measure patient experience, and how can healthcare administrators ensure that patient experiences are positive?

April 23, 2021

Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week: An Expert's Guide on What to Know

This year’s Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week (HDI Week) takes place May 16-22, 2021. It’s a weeklong celebration of the contributions healthcare documentation specialists make toward ensuring complete and accurate patient records. Previously known as medical transcriptionist week, it has transitioned to its current title in order to better recognize the wide spectrum of healthcare professionals who contribute to the integrity of the medical record. In an age of increasing digitization and data analytics, this has never been more important.

April 16, 2021

National Hospital Week 2021: Healthcare Leaders' Advocacy Guide

This year’s National Hospital Week takes place May 9-15, 2021. It marks a time to highlight the ways in which the country’s hospitals, health systems, and healthcare workers are supporting the needs of their communities. It’s also an opportunity to recognize the role and impact of healthcare leaders and reflect upon the evolving definitions of good leadership in healthcare. After a year spent under the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s never been more important.