Debra Oselett – Experienced Practice Administrator

Debra Oselett was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Madison Heights, a suburb of Detroit. She studied accounting at Oakland Community College and founded her own accounting firm to help small business owners manage their accounts efficiently. She worked in her business for ten years before making the switch to work as a practice administrator of a private medical practice in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Working as the practice administrator, she quickly realized that while her accounting and management skills were much needed for the job, she has to learn new skills to be able to become an efficient practice administrator. Through hard work and dedication, she acquired the necessary skills to be successful in her job and has built a successful career for herself as a practice administrator.

Debra Oselett is experienced and has skills relating to managing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and working with insurance companies to settle bills. Though she has worked in the accounting and management arena for ten years before taking up the job as a practice administrator, she did not anticipate how much the healthcare industry would change. Reforms in the healthcare industry forced her and her staff to reconsider how physicians are credentialed with insurance companies. This was one of the biggest challenges she had to implement working as the practice administrator.

Debra Oselett has implemented several solutions that have enabled her employers to adapt to the new healthcare reforms in the United States. She works closely with her staff and ensures that they are up-to-date on the latest policies and reforms affecting the industry.



Debra Oselett – Three Skills Every Practice Administrator Should Have

Debra Oselett has been working as the practice administrator at a private medical practice in Rochester Hills, Michigan since 2008. She was born in Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Madison Heights, a suburb of Detroit. Debra Oselett took accounting classes at Oakland Community College and later founded her own accounting firm to help small businesses balance their accounts. After managing her accounting business for ten years, she joined a private medical firm as the practice administrator. Here are three skills every practice administrator should have.

Transformer and Change Advocate

A practice administrator has to have a dynamic set of analytical and investigative skills to be able to bring about the kind of transformation the medical practice needs in a fast-changing environment. Practice administrators should watch out for “analysis paralysis”, a condition where you could get stuck and not move forward just because of the high quantity of analysis that gets in the way of making a decision. Practice administrators will have to make foundational, compositional, and structural changes if they want to see the practice become successful.

Tune in with Business Culture

As healthcare organizations network and affiliate with each other, the difference in their culture will present a challenge and opportunity for practice administrators to understand cultural gaps and develop their management skills to bridge the gaps. They will need to master the ability to listen, observe and analyze their findings.

Adapt to Accountability Changes

Accountability is an important skill that practice administrators will need to develop. To whom you are accountable, and who is accountable for what will take on a completely new meaning. Unlike the traditional administration system, administrators will most probably report to the vice-president instead of to the board or executive committee.

Debra Oselett is the practice administrator for a private medical practice since 2008.

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