CAHME at 50: What’s Ahead for our Next Fifty Years?

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education—a remarkable achievement that we’ve attained because of visionary leaders in the past and the dedication of CAHME’s academic, healthcare, and corporate partners who believe in the value of healthcare management education and what it contributes to the health of our nation.

This summer, CAHME will celebrate this milestone with a special 50th anniversary celebration and panel discussion to be held on Tuesday, June 12 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. Our panel discussion will bring together industry leaders and experts to explore the question: What three steps must CAHME, its accredited programs, and the profession take to ensure another 50 years of advancing the quality of healthcare management education?

Our panelists will include:

  • Gerald Glandon, PhD, president & CEO of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration;
  • Carla Smith, FHIMSS, executive vice president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society;
  • Richard Snyder, MD, chief medical officer of Independence Blue Cross;
  • Rulon Stacey, PhD, FACHE, managing director of Navigant; and
  • Christine C. Winn, FACHE, senior vice president of the MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Institute

I am also very grateful for the support of:

Because of their generosity, this event is FREE and open to all attendees of the AUPHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and healthcare executives and healthcare management students in the greater Philadelphia region.

Registration is required and space is limited, so I hope you will register today.

Anthony Stanowski
President and CEO

CAHME Boot Camp Will Get You in Shape for Accreditation

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

The CAHME Boot Camp is a great opportunity to get the latest on CAHME accreditation standards and details on the accreditation process. It’s considered a “must attend” event for programs at all stages of the accreditation process.

This year’s Boot Camp will focus on new competency-based education standards that were introduced in 2017. We revamped the curriculum to better align with the needs of programs approaching first-time accreditation, programs going for re-accreditation, and those that need a refresher on accreditation standards. The session is highly interactive, focusing on technical instructions and hands-on practice. You will leave knowing more and being better prepared!

Dan Gentry presenting at last year’s CAHME Boot Camp.

I am grateful for our outstanding Boot Camp instructors, Daniel Gentry, PhD, MHA, clinical professor and MHA program director from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Kevin D. Broom, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management, and director the MHA and MHA/MBA programs at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Daniel and Kevin are deeply knowledgeable about accreditation and will help you fully understand the new criteria and how programs can best comply.

The Boot Camp will be held on Sunday, March 25 in Chicago, at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, right before ACHE Congress that begins the next day. A ticket to the Boot Camp includes admission to the special CAHME Awards luncheon, where attendees will learn how five programs have advanced graduate healthcare management education.

I encourage you not to miss the Boot Camp. Registering today will ensure you get your spot.  Space is limited, and only a handful of openings remain.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO


CAHME Seeking Input on 120-Hour Synchronous Learning for Online Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

As part of the Strategic Plan approved by our Board, CAHME is embarking on an effort to gather input on the 120-hours of Synchronous Learning standard for online programs.

When CAHME revised its current standards two years ago, the Board agreed to evaluate the long-standing 120-hour standard, which, when it was implemented, served as a guidepost to assure that online learning met the high standards necessary to be CAHME-accredited.

The 120-hour metric, however, has been a topic of ongoing discussion among healthcare administrators, academicians, and students. Online educational technologies allow for more sophisticated and improved student experiences. The CAHME Board and Accreditation Council agree that this issue deserves additional consideration to make sure our standards maximize the provision of quality graduate healthcare management education.

To that end, during the ACHE Congress in March, CAHME will hold two focus groups to discuss the 120-hour standard with two key stakeholders: healthcare administrators and graduate students. In addition, in late January, we will send an electronic survey to program directors in the United States and Canada at both CAHME Accredited and non-accredited programs. The input from the focus groups and the survey will inform CAHME board deliberations on whether the 120-hour standard should be retained or amended in some way. I am grateful to the Standards Council, which is overseeing this important work, and to Brad Beauvais (Chair of the Standards Council), Karen Wager (Chair of the Accreditation Council), and Dolores Clement (CAHME Board member) for  their work on the task force.

We are seeking volunteer participants for both the student and practitioner (healthcare administrator) focus groups. If you would like to take part in the focus group (students/practitioners), or know of other healthcare administrators or students attending the ACHE Congress who might like to participate, contact me. The groups are tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, March 25, 2018. I will provide further details to any interested persons.  If you are a program director you will receive a survey;  the focus groups are not open to program directors.  All others may send to me an email with your thoughts.

I appreciate that your input will help to shape an important standard in graduate healthcare management education. Looking forward to your comments on this standard.

President & CEO

Georgia on our Mind

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME’s focus on Global Accreditation is building momentum. After approval of this effort at the November CAHME board meeting, we are moving forward to form a Global Advisory Council, to begin recruiting and training Global Fellows, and to have current CAHME-accredited programs partner with international universities to help them achieve accreditation.

Earlier this month a team from CAHME—including myself, immediate past board chair Dan West and Steven Szydlowski from the University of Scranton, and Bernando Ramirez from the University of Central Florida, were invited to visit the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia to discuss the University’s interest in CAHME accreditation.

Georgia and its capital Tblisi are at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Georgia achieved independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and since then has developed a representative democracy and free-market economy.

From left: Dan West, Anthony Stanowski, Mariam Lobjanidze, Bernando Ramirez, and Steven Szydlowski.

We met with the University’s Board Chair Giuli Alasania and President Manana Sanadze.  Their interest in accreditation is related to UG’s mission “to expand boundaries and educate a person, which will support the development of a healthy, human and democratic society through professional activities or scientific achievements based on the hard work and honesty, for the goodwill of the government and humankind in general.”  They see accreditation as a way to help their students graduating with a Masters in Health Care Administration to market their skills globally, and as a means of attracting students from other countries to UG.

The University’s curriculum is impressive, as are its students, faculty, and leadership, many of whom we met when we presented at a conference on promoting international accreditation for healthcare management. Among the key stakeholders: Tamar Lobjanidze, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health; Otar Vasadze from UG’s Masters in Healthcare Administration program; and Mariam Lobjanidze from UG’s undergraduate program. In addition to leaders at UG, we had the chance to meet a member of the Georgian parliament, the president of the country’s hospital association, and the leader of a private insurer. We toured two hospitals and met with both hospital CEOs.

During the conference, GU Board Chair Giuli Alasania (at left) presented Anthony Stanowski with a gift of appreciation for CAHME’s visit.

Our visit to Georgia confirms both the wisdom of CAHME promoting global accreditation, and the growing interest of international universities in pursuing CAHME accreditation. In 2018 we will have more information about this initiative, including how current CAHME-accredited programs can assist international programs (such as through participation in the CAHME Mentorship Circle initiative).

If you know of other international universities interested in global accreditation to which CAHME can reach out, I hope you will let me know.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO


Early Registration for CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp is Now Available

It’s not too soon to reserve your space for the first CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp of 2018, which will be held in conjunction with the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, on March 25, 2018. Sign up early to enjoy a discount and coordinate with your travel plans for the ACHE Congress.

Kevin Broom, PhD, (standing) leads a discussion at last year’s CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp.

This year’s Boot Camp agenda will focus on how competency-based education aligns with CAHME accreditation criteria. Attending the Boot Camp is the best way for you to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of CAHME accreditation and what it means for your program. This year’s program is revamped, based on attendee input, and will include exclusive web access to pre-Camp materials, and more group work during the Camp.

You will get involved, as instruction is engaging, interactive, and will offer a variety of tools, technical instructions, and hands-on practice. Boot Camp instructors include Daniel Gentry, PhD, MHA, from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health; and Kevin Broom, PhD, Director of MHA and MHA/MBA Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.

Early registration (by December 31, 2017) is $800—a $100 discount off general registration. CAHME Accreditation Boot Camps are popular and space is limited.

Register today to claim your spot.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

President & CEO

Key Takeaways from the Annual AUPHA Meeting

A Stanowski key noteThe just-concluded annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Long Beach, CA, brought together leaders in healthcare management education. CAHME staff and board members presented at several sessions.

Our board chair, Dan West, PhD (University of Scranton), outlined CAHME’s year-in-review, while Pat Ketsche, PhD (Georgia State), detailed the 2017 update to CAHME standards. Eric Brichto,  Esq., CAHME’s vice president for Accreditation Operations, gathered feedback on our enhanced benchmarking approach. Pictured, at left, I reviewed the results of my “listening tour” of programs this year, as well as the recent survey of CAHME accredited program directors.

Kevin Broom, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) and Dan Gentry, PhD (University of Iowa) had a full day “boot camp” that not only presented how to get ready for accreditation, but also reviewed the impact of the 2017 accreditation standard update on the accreditation process.

I was especially impressed with CAHME Board Member Dolores Clement, DrPH (Virginia Commonwealth University) who participated in a group panel on how to incorporate the patient experience into the curriculum.

The presentations, speeches, and group discussions at the conference offered a robust environment in which participants engaged in how to prepare students for the major forces shaping healthcare management education today.

Some of the key takeaways:

  • The pace of change rewards nimble leaders. Leaders need to analyze and act quickly in response to an ever-changing healthcare environment.  As educators, many sessions focused on ways that leading programs adapted their curriculum to meet this change.
  • Globalization is here! While nations participate in a global economy, healthcare management education accordingly also has an international perspective. This presents challenges and opportunities to develop global competencies and maximize sharing of best practices. I was excited to connect with representatives of global universities at the conference, and believe that CAHME is prepared to move forward with global accreditation.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone at AUPHA for another successful annual meeting. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference in my hometown of Philadelphia.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

Some photos from the meeting

Global symposiumMichael Counte of St Louis University (standing) led a discussion on global partnerships, including (L to R) Ana Maria Malek (Sao Paulo School of Business Administration , Brazil), Robert Babela (Saint Elizabeth University, Slovakia), Dan West (CAHME Chair and University of Scranton), and Otar Vasadze (University of Georgia, Georgia).

2016_06_CAHME update attendees_editedThe CAHME Update was well attended!

CAHME Bootcamp_2017_06Kevin Broom (at front) and Dan Gentry (not pictured) led the CAHME Boot Camp preparing programs for the accreditation process.

CAHME Bootcamp at the 2017 AUPHA Annual Meeting

CAHME announces our Boot Camp to be held at the 2017 AUPHA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT.

Highlights include a review of the 2017 changes to our accreditation standards and the impact on the accreditation process.

The Boot Camp’s curriculum provides a blue print to:

1. Implement or refine statements of mission and vision that guide program design and assessment with a focus on competency based education.
2. Design teaching and assessment tools aligned with competency-based education.
3. Prepare for a self-assessment and site visit focused on the program’s mission and competency model.

Pictured is Kevin Broom, PhD., who will also teach at the AUPHA Boot Camp, with attendees from the sold out March 2017 CAHME Boot Camp at ACHE Congress. 

The Boot Camp faculty includes:
Dan Gentry, PhD, Clinical Professor and MHA Program Director at the University of Iowa.  Dan is a CAHME Board member, former CAHME Board Chair, former Accreditation Council Member, and a frequent member of accreditation teams.

Kevin Broom, PhD, recently named the incoming Vice Chair for Education and MHA Program Director at the University of Pittsburgh. Kevin is a long time faculty member of the CAHME Boot Camps. He is a member of the CAHME Candidacy Committee, a former CAHME Fellow, and a frequent member of accreditation teams.

Registration Details:
Event Date/ Time: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
Venue: The Westin Long Beach | Ocean Ballroom
Early Bird Registration: $750 (through April 30, 2017)
General Registration: $850
A continental breakfast, full buffet lunch, and snacks are included.
Register for the 2017 CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp at the AUPHA Annual Meeting  (credit cards are now accepted)

Space is limited; we accept registrations on a first-come, first served basis.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

CAHME’s Presence at the 2017 ACHE Congress

stanowskianthonyStarting Sunday, March 26, 2017, more than 4,000 executives from around the globe will attend the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership.  ACHE is one of the founding members of CAHME, and has been a stalwart supporter of high quality graduate healthcare management education across our nearly 50 year history. Personally, ACHE has done much to help me during my career, and if you look carefully, you can see in my picture that I proudly wear my ACHE lapel pin! CAHME will be at many ACHE events and speaking engagements.

CAHME Accreditation Bootcamp | Register
This all-day educational session prepares programs for the accreditation process. It provides tools, technical instructions and hands-on practice on competency-based education. With approximately 40 people registered, only a few seats remain before we reach room capacity.  Register soon.
Date/ Time: Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Hilton Chicago | Lake Erie Room

CAHME Awards Luncheon | Register
The second annual award celebration honors four CAHME programs that foster innovation and excellence in teaching to advance the quality of healthcare management education.  To date, 150 people are scheduled to attend this celebration of academic excellence and leadership development.  Only a few seats remain.
Date/ Time: Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Venue: Hilton Chicago | Boulevard A-C

AUPHA Leaders Conference | Register (note – AUPHA registration required)
CAHME Board Member and MGMA President & CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD will be the keynote speaker.  Halee’s insights on the growing field of medical practice management are tempered with her experience as a practicing physician.  This is not to be missed.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 AM

I will be doing a 15 minutes CAHME overview at the AUPHA Leaders Conference as well.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 28th, 11:45 AM (Subject to change).
Venue: Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton

CAHME Booth (#28): Stop by to learn about CAHME’s future plans and meet our staff – Neel Pathak, Eric Brichto, and Brenda Jones.
Date/Time: Monday, March 27th through Wednesday, March 29th

Stewards and Catalysts: Aligning Boards, Management and Physicians to Improve the Patient Experience
Session 13 A/13 B: Monday, March 27th, 10:00-11:30 AM / 2:15-3:45 PM
I serve as Chair of the Board Quality Committee at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System.  Working with Shelly Buck the COO/Chief Nurse Executive, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, we will review the way that the board and management worked to improve the patient experience for that facility in West Baltimore.  To date, 55 people have signed up for these sessions.

Establishing and Maintaining Leadership Excellence by Embracing Continuing Professional Development
Session 82X: Wednesday, March 29th, 8:45-10:15 AM
CAHME’s Director of Business Development, Neel Pathak will speak with CAHME Board Member and HIMSS Vice President of Professional Development, JoAnn Klinedinst.  This session will help attendees create a career plan for professional development.  There will be a focus on identifying the key components for career success.  To date, 132 people have signed up for this session.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

What is a Professional?

What defines a professional is how you contribute to the profession. CAHME’s nearly 50 year history is based on the commitment of practitioners and academics. This past week, I got to see that in action at two events.

43,000 professionals gathered in Orlando at the annual HIMSS conference. HIMSS is a longstanding corporate member of CAHME. At the conference, I saw remarkable applications, particularly those from two CAHME award sponsors, Canon and Cerner. Epic, who provided a donation to CAHME last year, presented their “Healthy Planet” module. While these organizations give back to the profession through CAHME, it is obvious that they are furthering healthcare management with innovative services. CAHME is thankful for their support.

At the end of the week I went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health Administration Case Competition. Students from 39 CAHME accredited programs sent their best and brightest to participate. The team from Boston University Questrom School of Business won among a talented group of finalists that included the University of Alabama, George Mason University, University of Washington, University of Florida, and Ohio State University. The case featured Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, serving a socio-economically challenged West Baltimore. Thanks to Maha Sampath, Bon Secours Director of the Health Enterprise Zone, and a graduate from CAHME-accredited The George Washington University for her efforts in putting the case together.

Top left: Frank Coyne, CAHME Board Member, confers with other judges in preparation for the UAB Case Competition. Top right: I describe how the CAHME-Canon Award encourage sustainability in our programs at the 2017 HIMSS Conference. Bottom left: The winning Boston University program team. Bottom right: A memorable emotional presentation from another finalist, the team at the University of Washington.

An event like the UAB Case Competition happens only with the commitment of dedicated professionals, which is evident from the support from UAB Health System CEO Will Ferniany whose system financially supports the event. The UAB School of Health Professions team, notably Christy Lemak, Randa Hall, and Denise Hamilton, put in a lot of extra hours in coordinating the details.
As to the faculty advisors…well, let me say that this was a shining moment for you.  Your commitment was evident in the performance of your teams. And the pride that shown on your faces was no less than that of a parent watching their children succeed.

Professionals such as CAHME Board Member Frank Coyne were among the luminaries who donated their time as judges. To me, “coach” may be a better term, as they served to not just evaluate the teams but also to provide advice. Think of the TV show “The Voice”, but temper that with how students from these teams will have long term impact on the profession of health care and the communities that they serve.
While a week living out of a suitcase is not much fun, it is invigorating knowing how much executives care about our profession, how dedicated our faculty are to educating the next generation of healthcare leaders, and how promising our young people are who take up the noble cause of providing healthcare. We are all the better because of it.

(PS – a special shout out to the team from CUNY. You know why.)

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO

2017 CAHME Accreditation Criteria

I recently attended the International Hospital Federation Special Interest Group (IHF SIG) on hospital management competencies held in Washington, DC. The group discussed the importance of competencies to ensure that healthcare managers had the skills needed to lead healthcare systems globally. We agreed that accreditation is a conduit to success, and must not be a barrier to entry. At its best, accreditation helps to pave the way for higher education to keep pace with the demands of future economies, to ensure that the skills valued by employers are the same skills that students receive in the classroom. Accreditation is essential!

Education is changing, and many programs are using new business models and new teaching approaches that lower costs while promoting a quality education. Our Standards Council composed of both practitioners and academics reviewed the CAHME standards and released the 2017 accreditation criteria.

The 2017 CAHME accreditation criteria clarifies many existing standards and eliminates redundancies. For example, CAHME’s Eligibility Requirement D had stated: “The Program will require full-time study beyond the baccalaureate level of not less than the equivalent of two academic years as defined by the University. CAHME will evaluate whether the Program, as defined by the University, meets this requirement.” However, this requirement did not account for programs that leverage undergraduate coursework with graduate requirements. 

By eliminating Requirement D, CAHME seeks to encourage the development of innovative program delivery methods while assuring quality education (through Criteria III.A.2) that meets the needs of our students and their future employers. Criteria III.A.2 provides guidance on mission-based curriculum, competencies, and semester hours. (The full set of 2017 CAHME accreditation criteria is on our website.)

At the Accreditation Boot Camp at ACHE Congress, the 2017 Standards Criteria will be discussed in the context of the Accreditation process. Register early. Because of the introduction of the new standards, about half the seats for the session remain.

Registration Details:
Date/ Time: Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT
Venue: Hilton Chicago | Lake Erie Room
Cost: Early Bird registration through Feb 25th: $800 | General: $900

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO