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.
These guides are resources for aspiring and current healthcare administration professionals. They include scholarship databases, salary tables, conference schedules, and lists of the top degrees and careers in this field.
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?
One of the problems that medical providers still face today is the absence of readily available patient medical records. Even though today more than 85 percent of physicians use electronic medical records (EMRs) to manage physical records in a digital environment, this does not mean that your complete medical data is readily available. Improvements have been made since the days of paper-based record keeping. However, even institutions that use EMRs face problems with scattered data.
The highest-paid people in the healthcare industry are not necessarily doctors. In many settings, they are healthcare executives. According to the New York Times, executive salaries in healthcare saw a considerable increase in the 1990s, and the trend has since continued.
Healthcare leadership conferences are nodes of knowledge that act as temporary centers of excellence. It’s here that industry leaders get together to discuss their challenges, opportunities, and research on the topics that matter most.
Professional certification in a particular area of healthcare administration not only proves that the holder is competent in a specialized area, it also shows one’s commitment to continued education, professional networking, and industry-recognized best practices.
“If you are a professional who wants to be the best in your field, then membership in a professional association is crucial,” McGinley says. “If excellence is our goal, as it should be, we need to surround ourselves with others with the same goal.”
The cost of higher education continues to rise, forcing students to take on a considerable amount of debt to fulfill their dream of getting a quality education. Fortunately for students in health administration, there is a growing number of scholarship opportunities.
Healthcare is currently the country’s largest employer, and jobs in healthcare are projected to be among the fastest-growing over the next decade. As the industry grows so does the opportunity for a new career path.