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As our population ages and health care reform continues to evolve, the need for dedicated leaders to manage the changes ahead will become more critical. Health care managers will need to keep up to date on such issues as preventive care, cost management and regulatory compliance, to name a few.
Listed below are resources that will help you find out more about a career in health administration. We have also included the professional and governmental agencies that any health care administrator would find useful to keep current in this field.
American College of Health Care Administrators
Founded in 1962, ACHCA is a nonprofit professional membership association which provides superior educational programming, professional certification and career development opportunities for its members.
Guided by the vision that dynamic leadership forges long-term health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful and efficient, ACHCA identifies, recognizes and supports long-term care leaders, advocating for their mission and promoting excellence in their profession.
American College of Health Care Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 35,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations.
ACHE is known for its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in health care management, and its educational programs including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants each year. ACHE’s established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.
In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its journals, the Journal of Healthcare Management and Frontiers of Health Services Management, as well as groundbreaking research, career development and public policy programs. ACHE’s publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management including textbooks for use in college and university courses.
Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for health care executives dedicated to improving health care delivery.
Good overview of career opportunities and education needed in health administration and management.
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration
The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to improving health by promoting excellence in health care management education. AUPHA fosters excellence and innovation in health care management education, research and practice by providing opportunities for member programs to learn from each other, by influencing practice and by promoting the value of health care management education. It is the only nonprofit entity of its kind that works to improve the delivery of health services – and thus the health of citizens – throughout the world by educating professional managers at the entry level.
AUPHA’s membership includes the premier baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in health care management/health administration education in the United States and Canada. Its faculty and individual members represent more than 500 colleges and universities. In addition, a large number of health care institutions, hospitals and other health services delivery organizations and associations worldwide participate in, and benefit from, the network and services of AUPHA.
Medical Group Management Association
MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices.
National Association of Health Services Executives
NAHSE is a national leader in its core goal and objective; to develop and maintain a strong diverse national body of members which will have greater influence in the United States’ health care delivery system. NAHSE provides a vehicle for African Americans and other minorities to effectively participate in the design, direction and delivery of quality health care to all people.
Scholarship competition opportunity open to racial and/or ethnic minority 1st or 2nd year graduate students in Health Administration programs or a related field.
Transitioning From Military to Civilian Healthcare Careers
U.S. Department of Labor, Medical and Health Services Manager
Great general, overview information:
- Nature of the Work
- Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
- Job Outlook
- Related Occupations
- Sources of Additional Information
Affordable Health Care Act
A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014. Use this timeline to learn about what’s changing and when.
National Center for Healthcare Leadership
NCHL is an authoritative and objective source in health care leadership, joining health care leaders together to advance industry standards and innovation for leadership excellence. With our health care expertise and inter-professional and cross-industry perspective, our cutting-edge research aims to drive systemic and sustainable changes.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
We aim to improve the lives of patients, the health of communities and the joy of the health care workforce by focusing on an ambitious set of goals adapted from the Institute of Medicine’s six improvement aims for the health care system: Safety, Effectiveness, Patient-Centeredness, Timeliness, Efficiency, and Equity. We call this the “No Needless List”:
- No needless deaths
- No needless pain or suffering
- No helplessness in those served or serving
- No unwanted waiting
- No waste
- No one left out
IHI works with health professionals throughout the world to accelerate the measurable and continual progress of health care systems toward these bold objectives, leading to breakthrough improvements that are truly meaningful in the lives of patients.
We will be a recognized and generous leader, a trustworthy partner, and the first place to turn for expertise, help and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health care profoundly for the better.
Healthcare Leadership Alliance
The HLA is a consortium of the nation’s premier professional health care administration associations, representing more than 140,000 health care management professionals. The goal of the alliance is to pursue common interests and advance the health care management profession. The HLA Competency Directory is a direct result of this unique and valuable collaboration.