Webinar Explores Accreditation for Online Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

A CAHME webinar last week explored an area of growing interest and importance, as institutions of higher education pursue innovation through internet-based learning. Based on analysis of IPEDS data for master’s degrees in health management, the HSM Leadership Center at Rush University found that, between 2013 and 2017, distance learning graduates increased by 119 percent, while traditional degree graduates increased by 9 percent. More than one third of all master’s in healthcare management graduates are now from online programs.

This trend surely will continue as universities look to expand opportunities for students and professionals seeking to advance in healthcare administration careers. CAHME began offering accreditation to fully online programs in 2015 and since then has accredited several online programs.

Recognizing that the technology for online learning continues to advance, in May 2018 the CAHME Board removed the requirement for 120 hours of synchronous (live) instructor/student engagement.  After rigorous research involving program directors, students, and practitioners, the Board determined that the achievement of competencies (outcomes) is the critical factor for accreditation. The Board reinforced CAHME’s mission and seeks to ensure that accreditation for online programs is as rigorous as accreditation for traditional residential programs.

Pursuing CAHME Accreditation for an Online Program: Lessons from the Field explored how programs can meet CAHME criteria and standards. Held in cooperation with the AUPHA Online Program Directors Forum, the one-hour webinar featured a panel presentation and Q&A with seasoned program directors of three CAHME accredited online programs.

The panelists included Anne Hewitt, PhD, MHA, Program Director and Associate Professor from Seton Hall University; Dawn Oetjen, PhD, Associate Dean, Administration and Faculty Affairs at University of Central Florida; and Steven Szydlowski, DHA, Professor Graduate Health Administration Program Director from the University of Scranton. Moderators included Forum chair Carla Stebbins, PhD, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Chair-elect Eric Richardson, PhD, of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

If you missed the webinar, you can hear the presentations and see the slides on our web site. We appreciate our colleagues at the AUPHA Online Program Directors Forum for their support in providing this information to CAHME-accredited programs.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Awards Recognize Programs Advancing Healthcare Management Education

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

One of the yearly highlights for CAHME is our annual Awards Luncheon where we recognize CAHME award, grant, and scholarship recipients.  This year’s luncheon, held last weekend as part of the ACHE Congress in Chicago, highlighted future leaders of healthcare and celebrated excellence in advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

CAHME Award Recipients
Deb Bowen, President and CEO of ACHE, welcomed the attendees. ACHE was the event sponsor. Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare Magazine, also addressed the audience. We are grateful for Modern Healthcare’s support in publicizing the winners each year as our marketing sponsor.

Video presentations from all three winning these programs are featured on the CAHME web site.

Aramark Innovation Grant Recipients
Aramark selected four programs to receive a $4,000 CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant.  The grants were given to:

CAHME Scholarships
Kaitlyn Chana and Kwamane Liddell were awarded the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship and the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship respectively.  We announced the new CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Grant and CAHME’s newest scholarship, named in honor of Judy Baar Topinka, a pioneering  leader in Illinois politics and health policy.

CAHME thanks deeply the many people and organizations who make our awards, scholarships, grants, and the annual Awards Luncheon possible. They are our partners in supporting the advancement the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Getting to 100 Video Series Continues

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

As part of CAHME’s ongoing celebration of our 50th year, we have been releasing a series of videos in the Getting to 100 series that focus on different aspects and qualities of healthcare leadership that will be needed in the decades ahead.

This week we are releasing our fifth episode, in which Kevin Mahoney of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Joseph Gasque of GE Healthcare discuss the importance of mission-driven leadership and the role of the influencer as leader. Earlier episodes of the series have focused on community leadership, managing the 21st century workforce, and why accreditation matters.  We have prepared a total of nine videos, with four more to be released in the coming months.

As a companion piece to the video series, we produced a white paper entitled Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years which is also available on the CAHME web site. This 10-page document summarizes the content of the panel discussion that kicked off our anniversary celebration last summer. I want to acknowledge the Dawn Gideon Foundation and GE Healthcare for their support for video series, along with Business of Healthcare that provided production support. I also want to thank St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice MHA program for helping to underwrite the cost of the white paper.

I encourage you to view the videos and read the white paper. They contain insights about the changing environment in healthcare and in higher education, and how CAHME-accredited programs can continue to evolve to meet the mission of preparing future leaders of healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Scholarship Winners Announced; New Scholarship Added

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

 

I am pleased to share this year’s winners of the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship and the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship, and to announce that CAHME has added a third scholarship opportunity that is now accepting applications.

 

Kwamane Liddell has received the 2019 CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship honors Tim

Kwamane Liddell

Campbell, a business leader and CAHME board member who believed in hard work and selfless service. Mr. Liddell began his career in healthcare as a janitor after he dropped out of college in 2010. The experience inspired him to pursue nursing. He became the first African American man to graduate from the Southern Illinois University School of Nursing at Carbondale. As a trauma nurse, he saw first-hand how inequities within minority communities impact healthcare. That experience led him to pursue a dual Law Degree and Master of Health Administration at Saint Louis University. Mr. Liddell believes in mentorship to improve underserved communities and has engaged more than 500 students in the last three years. He developed a program to bring young professionals to high schools to discuss careers, personal finance, and life lessons.

Kaitlyn Chana

 

Kaitlyn Chana has received the 2019 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is named for Dawn Gideon, a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. Before pursuing advanced study in healthcare management, Ms. Chana worked as a television news reporter in Maine and Florida. She came to see the power in storytelling and ultimately founded a non-profit organization called Reel Stories. Real People. that uses video to tell positive stories of exceptional people in communities. Ms. Chana is pursuing her master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida. She’s working on incorporating storytelling in healthcare to improve patient care. She has also used her own experience as a survivor of eating disorders to develop curriculum that help schools better approach issues around eating disorders and mental health. “I know Dawn would see in Kaitlyn a woman who shares Dawn’s passion for making things better for others,” said Kevin Altomari, chairman of the Dawn Gideon Foundation. “We are pleased to support Kaitlyn on her journey to leadership in healthcare.”

 

Judy Baar Topinka

In addition to these two winners, I am excited to announce the CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship will award $2,000 to a graduate student in healthcare management education at a CAHME-accredited program. Judy Baar Topinka began her career in journalism and went on to blaze a pioneering path as a public servant in Illinois. First elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1980, Judy later became a state senator and was elected as the first woman to serve as the state’s Treasurer. As a legislator and civic leader, Judy was an advocate for the health and welfare of the residents of Illinois. Many of her legislative achievements focus on improving healthcare quality and access. Her expertise in health policy led her to chair the Health and Welfare Committee of the Illinois Senate. She believed in public service and was tireless in her advocacy of those in need. She believed in passion, hard work, ethical leadership, and persistence. The successful applicant will share these qualities and characteristics.

Details about the scholarship, application forms, criteria, and deadlines are available on the CAHME web site. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019, and a winner will be announced in April.

CAHME is grateful to our partnering organizations that make these scholarships available, and for the remarkable winners who will be future leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

NAHQ Healthcare Quality Summit May 2-3,2019

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

As CAHME continues to proceed with the process of developing accreditation standards for graduate programs in Quality and Safety, I just learned about a new educational event offered by NAHQ. NAHQ is an important partner for CAHME on our journey.

Governor Mike Leavitt, Brent James, MD, and other healthcare industry leaders will be at NAHQ’s National Healthcare Quality Summit on May 2-3, 2019 in Chicago, as they unveil the future of healthcare where Quality is the Work.

This leadership event offers the ability for healthcare c-suite and senior leaders to create their own roadmap toward realizing quality management as a business strategy by developing a competency-based healthcare quality workforce. System executives and CEOs who have reorganized the management of their healthcare quality workforce and improved patient and financial outcomes.  It will be interesting to hear these success stories from leaders in the field. Visit  https://www.nahqsummit.org/registration for more information.

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