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.

Students at the Center

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

While attending the Ohio State University healthcare case competition last week, I was struck by the intellect, discipline, and energy of the student competitors. And just as remarkable as the competitors: the OSU students who organized the entire event. From conception to organization to execution, the OSU case competition was a testament to the tremendous pool of talent from which our future healthcare leaders are rising. Congratulations to the team from the University of Michigan for their first-place prize in the competition!

The first place finishing team from the University of Michigan, from left: Chanell Cook, Esha Kamath, and Rebecca Cray. The case competition asked students to develop strategies for addressing diabetes in communities around Columbus, Ohio.

I find this rewarding because it confirms the importance of CAHME’s work to make sure students receive a top-notch education in graduate healthcare management. Case competitions at CAHME-accredited programs like OSU are just part of that equation. More recently, CAHME has established two scholarships to recognize and help support students in their pursuit of careers in healthcare management.

The CAHME – Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship honors Dawn Gideon by identifying potential leaders who embody the skills, imagination, commitment, and compassion that Dawn possessed in service to communities in need. Dawn was herself a graduate of the CAHME-accredited University of Pittsburgh program. The other scholarship honors a former CAHME Board member, Tim Campbell. The CAHME – Tim Campbell Scholarship supports students who reflect Tim’s commitment to service and volunteerism. Both scholarships are open only to students from CAHME-accredited programs, and are nominated by their program directors. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 25, 2018.

OSU student organizers of the case competition, from left: (back row) Thomas Baldauf, Lizzy Johnsen, Alaina Stewart, Stefany Mayhew, Amanda Stopek and (front row) Reed Franklin, Sarah Ryan, Jahnna Lydic, Esther Olsen, Sara Butauski.

At CAHME, we like to talk about our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. Achieving this mission is a cooperative effort involving academic institutions, healthcare organizations and businesses, and CAHME.  Having resources such as case competitions and scholarships available for students gives me confidence that these future leaders of healthcare will make a difference.

President & CEO
CAHME

Case Competitions: Applying Classroom Learning to Real Life Problem Solving

Anthony Stanowski (left) and Ken Hanover.

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s annual Health Administration Case Competition. (At left, I am standing with Ken Hanover, one of the competition judges. Ken has had a long and distinguished career as a healthcare CEO in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts.)

This is the twelfth year the University has sponsored the competition and I’ve had the privilege to observe many of them. The UAB competition is open only to students from CAHME-accredited programs.

Seeing the young people who take part in case competitions always makes me feel optimistic about the future of healthcare. The young people who participate in these competitions bring an energy and zeal that suggests they will approach their future positions in healthcare administration in the same way.

More importantly, the case competitions ask these students to develop solutions to real-world problems. The teams are judged by executives from around the United States in different aspects of healthcare. In the UAB competition, students were asked to develop strategies for a rural Tennessee hospital, Jellico Community Hospital (JCH), faced with need to create a sustainable market position by aligning with community needs.

The winning team from the University of Minnesota, from left: Jake Staley, Andrew Lamprecht, and Katherine Klingel; with Christy Harris Lamak, Chair, Department of Health Services Administration at UAB.

The University of Minnesota MHA Program won the competition, followed by Rush University and Johns Hopkins University. The Minnesota team focused on how JCH can increase operational efficiency and profitability through addressing key opportunities for improvement: Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) and Revenue Cycle Management.  Through focusing on the community, partnership with other providers, and a primary care physician focus was seen as essential to increase care coordination and drive stakeholder benefits. Through their recommendations, the team sought to have JCH adapt and maximizes its value to the community, becoming an asset in an increasingly value-based world.

The CAHME web site maintains a list of the major healthcare management case competitions in which CAHME-accredited

Rush University participants (from left) Katherine Koo, Gwen Ledford, and Ariann Ippensen during the preliminary round of case presentations.

programs take part, and includes winners of 2017 and 2018 (to date), and a schedule of the remaining competitions in 2018.

Congratulations to all the students who participate in the UAB Case Competition;  the hard work they put into the preparation of the case will help them prepare for their goal of serving others through healthcare.  Thanks to the judges who participated who work to preserve a longstanding tradition of our profession in giving back and mentoring younger people.  Finally, a special shout out to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Services Administration for their commitment to advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

New Case Competition Available for CAHME Students

CAHME is pleased to support a new case competition sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The first annual HIMSS Student Case Competition encourages interdisciplinary teams of graduate, residents, or Fellows to analyze a HIMSS-supplied case study. From this analysis, teams will apply recommendations supported by current health information technology practices that can transform care, while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the federal and state levels.

Winners will be recognized at HIMSS18, the world’s largest health IT conference, and have the opportunity to showcase their talent, network with thoughts leaders, and gain a competitive edge.

Interested students can learn more and register for the competition on the HIMSS web site. Registration closes on November 20, 2017.

CAHME and Aramark Partnering to Support Innovation in Healthcare Management Education

A Stanowski smilingCAHME and Aramark  have announced a three-year partnership to provide grants to CAHME-accredited programs also served by Aramark.

Grants will be awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities.

“We are committed to supporting the development of future leaders in healthcare,” said Victor Crawford, Aramark’s chief AramarkLogooperating officer for Healthcare, Facilities, and Higher Education. “Encouraging opportunities for healthcare management students to explore and apply innovative thinking will foster better healthcare experiences for the patients of tomorrow.”

Applications will be accepted beginning in late June, and will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from CAHME, Aramark, and independent organizations. The first year’s recipients will be announced in September. Four grants will be awarded each year through 2019. Full details about grant application and eligibility criteria will appear on the CAHME web site in the near future.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

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.

OSU Case Competition Committee
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 The George Washington are Trifecta of 2017 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition 

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

Congratulations to the Rush University, Trinity University and The 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)