Becoming a medical practice manager begins with a bachelor's degree in health care administration and work experience in a primary health care setting, ideally in an administrative capacity. Employment as a medical practice manager typically requires a masters degree in health services or business, public health or long-term care administration, and prior management experience. Practice managers must be able to analyze and apply complex laws and regulations, communicate with support staff and clinicians, and implement health care technologies effectively.
The practice manager manages the business affairs, facilities, records and personnel for a medical group practice of three or more physicians. Practice managers make decisions that directly affect everything from equipment maintenance and supplies to the financial performance of the practice and the quality of patient care it provides.
Voluntary certification as a certified medical manager is available through the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management. To be eligible for certification, a candidate must have a minimum of three years experience in a health care setting that provides direct patient care and must also have completed 12 college credit hours in health care or business management. The association's management manuals provide the foundation for the certification exam; an overview and study guide are also available.