Well, healthcare management and healthcare administration cannot be that different, right? Actually no, although confusing the terms is very common because they seem to imply the same position within a healthcare facility. This is not helped by the fact that many healthcare facilities call managers administrators, and vice versa. In other words, even healthcare facilities are not sure what the difference between these two positions is. It is important to differ between these two terms, because the positions come with different salaries, and aspiring administrators or managers in healthcare should know these differences, because they might think they are getting the position they want, but instead become burdened with tasks they not only do not know how to, they also do not find personal satisfaction at their workplace. Below, we have pointed out some of the key differences between these positions in order to help aspiring healthcare administrators and managers choose the right position.
1. Healthcare administration is about staff
Healthcare administration experts and specialists focus on staffing – scheduling, problems with schedules, assigning days off, vacations, while ensuring the healthcare facility keeps working without staff-related problems. This means that healthcare administrators work together with healthcare managers, who in turn, are responsible for running the healthcare facility as a whole. Healthcare administrators handle staffing for the facility on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. Excellent healthcare administrators learn everything they can about the facility – form the type of medical research and treatment offered to patients, to various other demands of the patients, in order to manage the staffing correctly..
2. Healthcare management focuses on various tasks in running the facility
Healthcare managers are often referred to as administrators, which is why the terms have begun to be so confusing. But unlike healthcare administrators, healthcare managers have different duties and tasks regarding the policy of the facility, accounting management and management of the facilities as a whole. Their tasks cover every department, and as such, differ from the tasks of staff administrators. The healthcare manager takes care of the facility’s finances, as well as the overall operation of the facility.
3. Different educational requirements
Healthcare administrators need MHA or MBA degree form an accredited university. The MBA should be focused on healthcare, although this can be done after graduation with a few courses in the field and other ways. Healthcare administrators should get an MBA focused on healthcare to increase their chances of employment.
On the other hand, healthcare facilities have different requirements of their healthcare managers. The educational background of healthcare managers include getting a two, or four year degree in one of the following areas: health services, business, or nursing. In addition, the higher positions in the facility require having a master’s degree in public health and health administration.
4. Similar skills and abilities
Both healthcare managers and healthcare administrators need similar skills in order to do their job satisfactorily. They need good leadership skills, as they often need to be quick thinkers and look for creative solutions to possible problems at the workplace. In addition, while healthcare administrators rarely come in contact with patients, unlike healthcare managers who might need to communicate with them if there are insurance problems or problems of a different nature, healthcare administrators need to communicate with the other staff: doctors, nurses, assistants and even researchers, so both healthcare administrators and managers need good communication skills, and patience.