What our students say
- Tobias Tekolf
- Saskia Oltersdorf & Björn Kolada
- Lynn Nickels
I came into contact with medical controlling activities for the first time while I was training as a medical-technical radiology assistant and my interest started to grow! The combination of modules in the Medical Controlling and Management bachelor's program was decisive for my choosing the MSH. And I have not regretted my decision to this day.
In addition to the medical modules, we have been profoundly engaged with medical controlling. We also focused on health economics, quality management, process and project management, as well as the foundations of business administration and economics. This covers a broad spectrum of enormous importance to a medical controller.
The professors are very competent - all of them still are, or have been, active in their specific fields.
Prior to undertaking my studies, I had no real understanding of medical controlling and only knew a bit about coding from the overall picture. Medical controlling is an extremely multifaceted field and there are many possibilities open to us graduates.
In hospitals, medical controlling is an interface department. Medical controllers provide management with information and support in strategic matters. In addition, they deal with the coding and billing of stationary or in-patient treatment cases, conduct case discussions with health insurance companies and the medical service departments and are in close contact with the providers and cost bearers. At the same time, they are in close contact with the physicians of their hospitals in order to guarantee complete documentation and advise them on economic matters. There are many processes involved in medical controlling. Aspects such as quality and project management will always cross your path.
The activity in medical controlling is varied and interesting. A good medical controller can make a big difference in a hospital and help shape it sustainably.
I started with coding one specific department in the hospital and then gradually learned how to code all the others. As operations manager, I was later responsible for ensuring the prompt and complete coding and billing of inpatient treatment cases. Further focal points were case discussions with health insurance companies, inspections with the MDK, and evaluations for physicians and management. The introduction via coding helped me enormously in this respect.
(Feel free to contact me via the university management team - I will be happy to advise you on any questions.)
Saskia Oltersdorf & Björn Kolada
We are both doing a dual study course at a health insurance company and began the bachelor's program »Medical Controlling and Management« in the winter semester of 2014. The bachelor's program combines health care and business administration and has paved the way for us to work in a health insurance company.
The bachelor's program at the MSH combines scientific theory with the experience of the teachers and lecturers, most of whom come from practical fields of work. This enables us to apply the models and theories we have learned directly in practice. The course gives us comprehensive insight into healthcare, business administration and, in particular, the DRG system.
In addition to our main subjects, others such as medicine, quality management and leadership offer an excellent basis for navigating the jungle of the healthcare system and successfully helping to shape it. During the course of our studies, we learned many new skills and became more proficient in many areas. Above all, the combination of lectures, active discussions about current health topics and presentations on technical themes, promote and challenge our critical thinking skills needed to analyze and evaluate the developments in the health care sector.
Following our studies, we are now working for a health insurance company in controlling and care management. In both areas, our studies have provided us with a comprehensive foundation in which theory and practice are combined. We are both very glad that we decided to study Medical Controlling and Management because it has helped us personally and professionally and opened up a wide range of opportunities.
A highly specialized course of study that offers many new perspectives: the Bachelor in Medical Controlling and Management at the MSH took me straight through the healthcare system and directly into a responsible position - without any unpleasant surprises.
I come from a strong medical background and have had great interest in working in the healthcare sector since adolescence. However, after graduating from high school, I first decided to study business mathematics because of my affinity for numbers. After a few very dry, initial semesters, I heard about the newly-introduced bachelor's degree program in Medical Controlling and Management at the MSH Medical School Hamburg and applied, hoping to further develop my skills in line with my interests.
From the very first interview, the progressive study course followed two basic principles. Firstly, there was intensive togetherness/cooperation between the university and its students, be it in the lively lectures in small circles, or in planning the study course. The individual modules were meaningfully structured and, above all, the lead module Medical Controlling was the leitmotif throughout all semesters, which opened up a multitude of career perspectives for us students.
Secondly, the studies were amazingly practice-oriented. On the one hand, this manifested itself in their structuring as a part-time course, which made it possible for students to actually work in the healthcare sector parallel to their studies. I used this time during the first half of my studies to train as a medical assistant and, after graduating as a coding specialist (we’d acquired certificates on the sideduring the course), I moved to a hospital. In this second job, I came into practical contact with the study contents for the first time – in particular, the accounting system for medical services in hospitals (DRG system) - and supervised the accounting for several specialist departments in the clinic for a good two years.
So I got to know both outpatient and inpatient care in the German health system while I was still studying, not just from lecture slides, but practically, on my own. On another note, the lecturers at the university were by no means full-time professors, but also frequently active in higher management positions in the health care sector and business, and thus enriched their lectures with anecdotes and discussions about current topics in the healthcare system. So we were always aware that what we had just learned was meaningful and useful.
In addition to general health economic topics, the Medical Controlling and Management course focuses primarily on the work of and between hospitals and health insurance providers, enabling us students to work in almost every healthcare-related company. Not only was knowledge conveyed, but we were taught applicable skills. So I was able to assume a controller position with regional responsibility in a large and successful German health insurance company straight after completing my Bachelor's degree and, after outpatient and inpatient care, also got to know the business from the health insurance company perspective.
Since then, I have been involved in the systematic analysis of billing data in the inpatient sector and deriving corresponding strategies for my corporate division. This development would not have been possible without the strong application-orientation of my studies.
I can recommend the Medical Controlling and Management course to anyone who prefers a lively discussion to a dry lecture and is equally fascinated by medicine, healthcare and analytical thinking.