CAHME Rolling Out New Accreditation Standards for 2017 – 2018

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Every four years, CAHME performs a comprehensive review of the criteria for accreditation. Our latest review was completed and approved by the CAHME Board in late 2016, after the CAHME Standards Council received input from program directors, students, employers, corporate members, and other stakeholders. Phase in of the new standards is underway and they will apply to programs beginning their self-study this fall. (Note that program site visits in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 will be under current standards.)

Some highlights of key changes in the eligibility standards and accreditation criteria include:

  • Clarification of criteria;
  • Using the term “health sector” to replace “healthcare system” as a reflection that health management extends beyond hospital walls;
  • Eligibility Standards, including expansion of competency assessment for program evaluation and quality improvement.

The full set of revise criteria is available on the CAHME web site and we are developing an updated Self Study Guide that will be available this summer.

The CAHME Boot Camp at the AUPHA Annual Meeting will be a great opportunity to learn more about the new standards, and we encourage you to attend.

Our work is not yet complete. In the next step, the Standards Council will revise the “Worksheet” of questions that site visitors use and that helps to guide Programs as they prepare their Self Study in advance of an accreditation visit.

For question about the standards, contact Eric Brichto, Director and Counsel, Accreditation Operations, at 301-298-1820 or ebrichto@cahme.org.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

Students Close Out First Year with Case Competition Wins

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First place finishers from the University of Alabama Birmingham, from left: Carson Ralphs, Tammy Chang, and Josh Arrage.

Congratulations go to the 12 universities with CAHME-accredited programs that participated in the Ohio State University College of Public Health Master of Health Administration 6th Annual Health Administration Case Competition in March.

Students from the University of Alabama Birmingham took 1st place, with students from Virginia Commonwealth University and Baylor University coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Honorable Mention went to students from Boston University, Rush University, and the University of Minnesota.

The OSU competition is limited to first year graduate students in CAHME-accredited programs. This year’s case asked the teams to develop strategies for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) for a health system.

The competition also included the 13th annual Leadership Development Symposium, which featured remarks by Charleta Tavares, a state senator in Ohio and CEO of PrimaryOne Health, a network of federally-qualified health centers. Sen. Tavares spoke on the importance of policy and advocacy in helping underserved populations.

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Thanks to the OSU Organizing Committee, from left: Ian Breitz, Nicole Haller, Rachel Rutledge, Alaina Lotozo, Katie Racicot, Christine Sumner, Stefany Mayhew, Amanda Stopek, Lizzy Johnsen.

The OSU event highlights key components of CAHME’s mission by exposing graduate students to industry thought leaders and providing opportunities to apply classroom learning in real-life situations. CAHME acknowledges the commitment of Ohio State University and Julie Robbins, PhD, program director for the OSU MHA Program, for advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

While participation in the case competition is by invitation only, interested schools are encouraged to contact the event’s organizers for more information about 2018.

Rush, Trinity, and George Washington are Trifecta of 2017 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition 

Rush, Trinity, and George Washington are Trifecta of 2017 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition 

Congratulations to the Rush University, Trinity University and George Washington University teams for coming in 1-2-3 in the 4th Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition!  16 teams from graduate programs in healthcare management were invited to come to Cleveland Clinic for the competition on April 13 and 14, 2017.  While the teams invited included both CAHME and non-CAHME programs, the top three programs are CAHME accredited.   These teams were awarded prizes of $15,000 for the first place team, $9,000 for the second, and $5,000 for the third.

Congratulations particularly to the leaders of these programs – Peter Butler (Chair of the Department of HSM at Rush), Ed Schumacher (Program Director at Trinity), and Len Friedman (Program Director at GW).  Along with their faculty, their commitment to advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education is reflected in the performance of their teams.

A special shout out to Cleveland Clinic for their commitment to the future leaders of healthcare.  For more information about the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition, go to https://my.clevelandclinic.org/professionals/fellows-program/case-competition.

(Rush University’s first place team is pictured here with the Executive Judges. Pictured left to right are: Bill Peacock, Ann Huston, Shanna Koickal, Blake Dobrich, Jillian DeMik, Stephen Jones, MD and Brian Harte, MD. (Photo credit – Cleveland Clinic Case Competition)