A practice administrator takes care of the daily activities of a medical facility. Part of their responsibility is ensuring the facility is properly staffed by recruiting physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and non-medical staff. Although they may not directly interview prospective staff members, practice administrators are directly responsible for preparing the budget for staffing and training. The practice administrator is also responsible for negotiating contracts with medical supply companies and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that their facility has necessary supplies. They also may manage the advertising budget. Most of the time, practice administrators work in an office setting but sometimes travel is necessary to meet with potential vendors or other prospective business partners.
A practice administrator must have excellent communication skills since they handle customer service issues. Since this position has so many responsibilities it is also very important that the practice administrator has very good time management skills. Practice administrator is a mentally challenging position, so an individual filling that role must work well under pressure. A bachelor's degree is generally required, but education may sometimes be substituted for five or more years of experience in a prior practice administrator position. Strong interpersonal skills and a sense of creativity is important in the overall performance of the medical facility.
Practice Administrator Tasks
Oversee daily operations of the practice including billing, staffing, accounting and direct supervision of the staff.
May also assist in practice management.
Recommend procedures to improve overall practice efficiency.