Announcing the CAHME Award Winners for 2019

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 CAHME Awards!

Each year, the CAHME Awards recognize CAHME-accredited programs that excel in improving the quality of graduate healthcare management education. We received many worthy applications and our Blue Ribbon judging panels worked hard to choose one winner for each award.

The goal of our award program is to highlight examples of programs that excel in key areas, so other programs can learn.  The winning applications are posted on our web site, and winning programs will also create a short video that details their story. Videos will be posted in March. We thank our underwriters who make this all possible.

  • The CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development goes to the University of Michigan School of Public Health Master of Health Services Administration Program. UM was recognized for its curriculum that places a heavy emphasis on leadership development, including a year-long required course that focuses on both personal and organizational leadership competencies. Judges included Trevor Walker, MA, MFT, from Ascension, Cynthia (Sinde) Hahn, FACHE, CAE, from the American College of Healthcare Executives; Rulon Stacey, PhD, FACHE, from Navigant; and Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System.

 

  • The CAHME/Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education goes to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration Program. UAB was recognized for integrating instruction in quality improvement into classwork, experiential learning, and alumni engagement.  Judges included David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, MSPH, FACP, with Baylor Scott & White Health; Kenneth P. Kates, MBA, CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and David Nash, MD, MBA, from Thomas Jefferson University.

 

  • The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice goes to the Rush University MS in Health Systems Management Program.The Rush program was recognized for its expansive view of sustainability that includes diversity, environmental impact, and community involvement. Judges included Paul Murphy, Canon Solutions America; Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, Healthcare Financial Management Association; Kecia Ray, EdD, K20Connect; and Joseph Winick, FACHE, Erlanger Health System.

You can read more about each program, as well as their winning applications on the CAHME web site. We are grateful to our corporate partners who make these awards possible, and for all the programs that submitted applications. They speak well to the future of healthcare leadership.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO CAHME

Resolve to Attend the CAHME Boot Camp

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Many of us enter a new year resolving to get into better shape—with varying degrees of success. I am happy to say, however, that you can easily get into better shape in understanding the CAHME accreditation process by attending an upcoming CAHME Boot Camp.

Our next Boot Camp is scheduled for March 2 – 3, 2019, coinciding with the ACHE Congress in Chicago. The sessions will be led by Kevin Broom, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dan Gentry, PhD, MHA, clinical professor and MHA program director at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. We have extended the Early Bird registration discount to January 11, 2019.

Boot Camp is divided into three sessions depending on your needs and where your program is in the accreditation process. Session 1 covers an introduction to CAHME and the basics of competency-based education, and is designed for attendees just getting started with CAHME accreditation. Session 2 offers intermediate level instruction and focuses on teaching and assessment tools. Session 3 is advanced and includes preparing for program self-assessment and a CAHME site visit.

Purchasing a ticket for any session includes entry to the Peregrine Academic Benchmarking Breakfast and the CAHME Awards Lunch, both to be held on March 3.

You can find more details about our upcoming Boot Camp and purchase tickets on our web site. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the CAHME accreditation process and how your program can benefit. It will be one of the best new year’s resolutions you can make.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Thank You for Another Great Year for CAHME

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

This is the last CAHME newsletter for 2018 (our next edition will be distributed on January 7, 2019). The end of a year always prompts reflection on the prior twelve months, and for CAHME this has been a very good year. Here is a list of some of what we accomplished:

  • We marked our 50th anniversary with a celebration and panel discussion on what leadership traits will be required for healthcare in the next 50 years. 
  • We accredited for the first time programs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and New Haven University, added a new module in the program at The George Washington University, and re-accredited seven programs. 
  • We held two Boot Camps that helped programs better understand issues around accreditation and benchmarking. 
  • We announced a new program to certify education programs in healthcare quality and safety, and approved refinement of accreditation standards, eventually leading to accreditation.
  • We refined accreditation standards regarding synchronous education, simplified the evaluation of competency measurement, and clarified the monitoring of alumni tracking.
  • We kicked off the CAHME Mentorship Circle program to encourage and recognize those programs that support the profession by helping other programs succeed.
  • Our Enhanced Benchmarking tool enabled programs to do peer-to-peer benchmarking. 
  • Two programs outside of North America have started the process of becoming CAHME-accredited; more are in the queue.
  • Thanks to our corporate partners, we continued offering scholarships and awards for outstanding students and programs. 
  • Nearly 6,000 students in CAHME-accredited programs received access to Modern Healthcare online, and access to services from the AHA’s Personal Membership groups.
  • We refreshed the CAHME logo to better reflect our mission and modernize our look.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without our 250 volunteers, our students, our dedicated faculty, our corporate partners, and the profession that supports the work of CAHME.  When I think about CAHME, I think about what is right in the world: people who are dedicated to educating the future leaders of healthcare.  The type of selflessness you demonstrate in your support of CAHME reflects what this season is all about.  

Like many of you, I was a beneficiary of the work of CAHME about 35 year ago. It is humbling to think that the work we do today and in 2019 will guide future leaders to help make healthcare better and improve lives.  
 
Everyone at CAHME is grateful for your support and wishes you the best for the holidays and 2019.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

We are grateful for all the CAHME-accredited programs educating future leaders of healthcare. Anthony Stanowski (right) visits with students and faculty from his alma mater Widener University Healthcare Management MBA program during the University of Alabama at Birmingham Case Competition, from left: Derek Heim, Salima El Mezouari, Christina Heverling; Claudia Guerrazzi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management; and Demetress Cheek. 

New Addresses for CAHME Correspondence

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME works hard to make sure we operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, maximizing the value of the revenues we receive from our accreditation services and the support we receive from our partners. We have made significant progress toward this goal over the last several years and continue to look for opportunities. With the board’s approval and direction, CAHME has moved toward a more “virtual” structure and closed our office in Rockville, MD.

Effectively immediately, we have established a new address for regular correspondance:
PO Box 911
Spring House, PA 19444.
Checks should be sent directly to our accounting firm:
CAHME
c/o SnyderCohn
11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 415
 North Bethesda, MD  20852

 

As part of the restructuring, we have eliminated the role of office manager. We thank Brenda Jones for her service to CAHME as she moves on to pursue other opportunities.

 

Program Directors and others should update files and systems to reflect these new addresses.

 

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME to Certify Quality and Safety Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

I am very pleased to share news that at its November meeting, the CAHME Board of Directors approved certification standards for graduate programs in healthcare quality and safety. This partnership with nine leading universities offering masters degrees in quality and safety established important standards and competencies for ensuring quality education for healthcare safety and quality leadership. It is the first step toward the eventual creation of more robust accreditation standards.

The need is clear. Healthcare quality and safety (HQS) has experienced dramatic growth, both in terms of being a focus of health systems and in the number of graduate programs, over the last decade. Ten years ago, there were just two graduate programs focusing on HQS. Today there are 13 in the United States and Canada. Program directors began discussing the establishment of certification and accreditation in 2017, and have involved practitioners and associations in this process.

This is a natural extension of CAHME’s expertise and experience, and we are thrilled to be part of the effort. As individual graduate programs have developed their own HQS programs, there has been a lack of consistency and agreement on what should be included in curricula, student experiences, or the competencies that should be mastered. I commend the programs for voluntarily coming together to work through these issues that will, ultimately, help to drive improvement in graduate HQS education.

On the CAHME web site you can view a brief video featuring David Nash, MD, founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, and Stephanie Mercado, president of the National Association of Healthcare Quality, discussing how CAHME’s process for accreditation will come into play in the development of standards for graduate programs in HQS. The video was filmed at the General Session of the NAHQ Annual Meeting in November.

We will have updates on this exciting initiative in the months ahead.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Adrianne Cancillieri Bio

Adrianne Cancillieri is the Accreditation Coordinator for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, known as CAHME. In this role she is responsible for all administrative support.

Prior to joining CAHME, Adrianne held a role as a Human Resource Benefit Coordinator at one of New Jersey’s largest not-for-profit healthcare companies. Adrianne’s main responsibilities were to handle employee benefits for over 16,000 employees and coordinate the application process for FORTUNE® 100 each year. She assisted in getting the company recognized on the FORTUNE® 100 list for over 9 years.

In addition, she was responsible for maintaining the company’s benefit program and contracting with physicians to join the company’s self-insured benefit plan.

Adrianne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College.

Aramark Innovation Grant Applications Now Available

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is now accepting applications for the CAHME Aramark Innovation Grants, which support experiences for students at CAHME-accredited programs in universities that are also served by Aramark. As last year, a blue-ribbon panel of judges will select four winning programs to receive grants of up to $4,000 each.

Grants will be awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, case studies, seminars, and other related activities that help to develop innovative thinking to address issues in healthcare. Among previous winners were grants that encouraged student participation in case study competitions, developed students’ interview skills, and expanded professional leadership training for students.

The deadline for applications is January 11, 2019. You can find the application form, complete instructions, and a list of last year’s winners on our web site.  We are very grateful to Aramark for its generosity and for sharing the goal of CAHME and CAHME-accredited programs in developing future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Getting to 100 Video Series Debuts

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Over the next three months, CAHME will release a series of nine videos on our web site that examine the views of key stakeholders around developing the next generation of healthcare leaders. The video series will explore the following topics:

  • Why Accreditation Matters;
  • CAHME as a catalyst to foster continuous improvement in education and broadening this role globally;
  • Non-hierarchical leadership and the intergenerational workforce;
  • Leadership in community health, and the healthcare environment transitioning to fee-for-value;
  • Mission-driven leadership and the influencer as leader;
  • Understanding healthcare teams, the use of healthcare data, and changing clinical competencies;
  • Competency-based accreditation; and
  • Communication across stakeholders, adapting to ambiguity, and creating agile leaders.

Our introductory video features myself and CAHME’s first president, Gary Filerman, discussing what healthcare leaders will need in 2068 and the importance of values in restoring the vitality and integrity of healthcare leadership.

A companion white paper called “Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years” will be released by late November. Combined with our video series, we hope that these materials will provide insight to our programs, faculty, healthcare professionals, and students as we meet our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

A special thanks to the Dawn Gideon Foundation for underwriting the video series.  Honoring the memory of Dawn Gideon, herself a graduate from a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh, the Dawn Gideon Foundation supports CAHME in its mission to advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education. The video series honors her legacy by focusing on education of healthcare administrators who, like Dawn, will be role models for compassionate and intelligent leadership.

Thanks also to Saint Louis University which underwrote the white paper, to GE Healthcare for its financial support for the videos, and to Business of Healthcare for its partnership in the video production.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President and CEO
CAHME

Case Competitions: Real World Learning

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Each year I enjoy the privilege of observing case competitions involving students from CAHME-accredited programs. Each one makes me feel optimistic about the future of healthcare leadership.

My most recent experience was at the 23rd Annual Everett V. Fox student Case Competition at the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) annual conference, held in Orlando, FL. Thirty-three teams (the most ever for an NAHSE competition) were challenged to develop solutions for a fictional health system, Capital Care. Teams were asked to propose ways in which Capital Care could encourage greater patient participation in a Medicare Shared Savings Plan, especially among patients facing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and behavioral health and addiction.

I attended 15 of the presentations and couldn’t help but be impressed at the quality of the presenters.  Many teams included first year students who may have been in classes only for a couple months.  The creativity of the teams was evident, and the focus was on impacting patients through innovative healthcare delivery systems and addressing the social determinants of health. The winning team from The Ohio State University focused on self-management through technology including Epic’s Healthy Planet and wearable patient technology.  Taking second place was the team from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which proposed developing a high-risk primary care clinic for diabetics.  Third place finisher UNC Chapel Hill focused on key performance indicators and working to improve early detection of health issues with more timely patient interactions. I noted with pride that all five finalists, which also included teams from the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, are CAHME-accredited.

During the case competition, I had a chance to talk with Ralph Horky, an Adjunct at the University of Florida, who emphasized how valuable case competitions are for students. Reflecting the “real world” ahead of them in their careers, students in case competitions must develop solutions through their own processes and their own narratives. Combining this experience with the guidance provided by faculty, Ralph felt that case competitions function like a “post graduate” educational experience.

My congratulations to all the student teams who participated, and to everyone at NAHSE for another successful conference. You can see how CAHME programs have fared over the last three years of case competitions on our web site. Keep up the good work!

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

   The winning Ohio State University team, from left: Alpha Mansaray, Reed Franklin, and Ron Birchfield.

From left, Lauren Marei, Ose Ituah and Lalli Akurati from the University of Illinois Chicago took second place.

From left, Whitney Okie, Gina Thompson, and Ruben Joseph from UNC Chapel Hill took third place.

CAHME Award Insights

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

The annual CAHME Awards program is underway, and applications are due by Wednesday, November 21, 2018. This week’s edition of Modern Healthcare magazine will contain an ad announcing the awards. You can find all the needed forms on the CAHME web site.

The 2019 Awards program features three awards including the CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development, the CAHME/Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education, and the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice.

Last year, CAHME offered a webinar on the “Dos and Don’ts” on how to win a CAHME Award, with the support of Xavier University as a case study of their process in winning the Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability.  You can access that webinar and other helpful resources including the applications of past winners here.

Some of the tips offered include:

  • Think broadly about how your program might qualify for an award. Don’t assume an award doesn’t apply to your program. Brainstorm around all the possible ways your program focuses on leadership development, for example, quality improvement, or sustainability. That can help identify unique aspects to emphasize in your application.
  • Connect award criteria beyond just your program to include how your university also embodies the characteristics the awards seek to recognize.
  • Actively engage your students, faculty, administration and alumni. This can include providing feedback on the any draft applications or encouraging letters of support from alumni or university administrators.

We are grateful to AscensionBaylor Scott & White, and Canon Solutions America for their support, not only for the $5,000 in award money they make possible, but for how they engage with winning programs to help advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

The winning programs will be announced in January 2019, with a full page ad in Modern Healthcare following.  Awards will be presented during the ACHE 2019 Congress on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Chicago. Full details on how to apply are available on our web site.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME