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
CAHME

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 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
CAHME

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
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cahme-accreditation-bootcamp-spring-2017-tickets-30902413952

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Sign up for Spring 2017 CAHME Bootcamp

CAHME’s Boot Camp prepares programs for accreditation with a focus on the new 2017 standards.  Using case studies and scenario-based learning, the Boot Camp provides tools, technical instructions and hands-on practice on competency-based education.  Offered on the Sunday immediately preceding the official start of ACHE Congress, the timing benefits attendees who are already coming to the largest gathering of health executives in the world.

The Boot Camp faculty includes two experienced CAHME accreditors:

Dan Gentry, PhD, Clinical Professor and MHA Program Director at the University of Iowa.  Dan is a CAHME Board member, former CAHME Board Chair, and a frequent member of accreditation teams.
Kevin Broom, PhD, Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University. Kevin has taught in six Boot Camps in previous years. He is a member of the Candidacy Committee, a former CAHME Fellow, and a frequent member of accreditation teams.

After attending the 2015 Boot Camp, John E. Paul, PhD MSPH, Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said:

“The CAHME accreditation boot camp accomplished exactly what was intended—it jumpstarted the process for the attendees. The boot camp presenters were informed, experienced, and reassuring.  I personally left with greater knowledge and confidence. A side benefit of the boot camp was the networking with other MHA programs, across the full spectrum of program size, stage and sophistication.”

At no additional cost, Boot Camp attendees attend the CAHME Awards Luncheon to learn how award winning programs are leading the field in healthcare management education.

Registration Details:
Date/ Time: Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT
Venue: Hilton Chicago/Palmer House Hilton
Cost: Early Bird registration through Feb 25th: $800 | General: $900
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cahme-accreditation-bootcamp-spring-2017-tickets-30902413952

Space is limited; register early!

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME: 2016 in Review

stanowskianthonyAs the holidays quickly approach, it’s a good time reflect on how CAHME enhanced the quality of graduate healthcare management education this past year. Key highlights include:

  1. Fifteen programs were reaccredited this year, and we welcome the newly accredited MHA Program at Suffolk University to the CAHME family. CAHME’s importance is evident in the growing number of programs in Candidacy and an increased interest in becoming CAHME accredited.
  2. Baylor Scott & White Health (Quality Improvement Education) and Canon Solutions America (Sustainability) joined Ascension (Leadership) and Cerner (Health Management Systems) in sponsoring the CAHME Awards program.  These awards advance the importance of innovation and continuous quality improvement.  CAHME will host the Awards Luncheon in conjunction with 2017 ACHE Congress on March 26, 2017, and the Award Winners will be featured in a full page ad in Modern Healthcare (our exclusive marketing sponsor).
  3. More than 5000 students from 66 CAHME programs are accessing Modern Healthcare’s classic access publications for their classes.  More students now have better access to healthcare trends because of the generosity of Modern Healthcare and its publisher Fawn Lopez.
  4. The new Criteria for Accreditation were announced. In 2017, look for information on boot camps at ACHE Congress and at a future AUPHA event to provide guidance with the new criteria.
  5. We are thankful for our corporate members who continue their investment in the future healthcare leaders.

Finally, we should recognize our volunteers who serve on our Board, Accreditation Council, Standards Council, Committee Members, Faculty, Fellows and Site Visitors. Together with our staff, their dedication to further the mission of CAHME to advance the quality of healthcare management education reflects the highest level of giving…of themselves to better the delivery of healthcare services.

Happy holidays!

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Meetings

Board of Directors Meetings:

 Date
 Location
 May 9, 2017  Chicago, IL

 

Accreditation Council Meetings:

 Date  Location     
 April 21-22, 2017  Dallas, TX

CAHME Annual Report Due 12/15/2016: Action Item for Program Directors

stanowskianthonyAs a reminder, the time has come to complete your program’s CAHME/AUPHA Annual Report. Annual Reports must be submitted on CAHME’s eAccreditation system.

Annual Reports are mandatory for all CAHME programs. Per CAHME’s fee schedule, a $585 late fee will be due from any CAHME program that has not submitted their annual report by December 15th.

If you have any technical questions about completing the annual report, please contact Eric Brichto (ebrichto@cahme.org; 301-298-1822).

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Applications for the CAHME Awards Program Deadline November 25, 2016

stanowskianthonyThe CAHME Awards Program recognizes programs that advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education.  In 2017, there are 4 awards:
CAHME / Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education
CAHME / Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development
CAHME / Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education
CAHME / Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice

Each award includes:

  • Up to $5,000 for funding of relevant initiatives as described in the award application document.  For example, the CAHME/Canon Award for Sustainability includes a $5,000 grant for a faculty member doing research in sustainability in healthcare.
  • Recognition of award recipient programs in a full page ad in Modern Healthcare
  • Presentation of the award at the CAHME Awards Ceremony during the 2017 ACHE Congress
  • One night hotel accommodation and round trip coach airfare to Chicago for the Award Ceremony for one Program representative.

Only CAHME Accredited programs can apply for this recognition.  Applications are available at www.cahme.org.
For questions, contact me or Neel Pathak at npathak@cahme.org or 301-298-1823.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

The 2017 CAHME Awards Program Announced

stanowskianthonyThe CAHME Awards Program recognizes excellence in CAHME’s accredited programs in meeting our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education. Leading organizations joined with us to acknowledge high performing graduate healthcare management programs as follows:

 

  • CAHME / Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education
  • CAHME / Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development
  • CAHME / Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education
  • CAHME / Canon Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice

The application will be released by Monday, October 24, 2016; the deadline to apply is Friday, November 25, 2016.  The CAHME Awards Program page on our website provides background on the process and the application will be placed there.

Award recipient programs will receive the following benefits:

  • Up to a $5000 award for funding of relevant initiatives as described in the award application document.
  • Recognition in Modern Healthcare
  • Award presented at the CAHME Awards Ceremony during the 2017 ACHE Congress
  • One night hotel accommodation and round trip coach airfare to Chicago for the Award Ceremony for one Program representative.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Standards Council Update

stanowskianthonyI recently went to New York City, and saw the new transportation hub that serves the World Train Center, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial.  Called “the Oculus”, the station was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to resemble a winged dove in flight.  The Oculus changes the transportation standards.  The composition, flow, security, signage, technology, and incorporation of retail and food services are lessons that architects designing other transportation hubs will need to incorporate in a post 9/11 world.

Last week, CAHME completed its initial stage in examining our education standards.  The Standards Council, chaired by Dan Zismer (Castling Partners), thoughtfully reviewed our current criteria, debated proposed changes, and critiqued the reasons for revisions.  Council members included a mix of academia and senior healthcare executives: Don Avery (Fairview Park Hospital), Brad Beauvais (Trinity University), Heidi Boerstler (University of Colorado Denver), Matt Brooks (Texas State University), Martin D’Cruz (Ascension Health/St Vincent Health), Pat Ketsche (Georgia State University), Jeffrey Kraut (Northwell Health), John Lowe (Simmons College), Sharon Schweikhart (Ohio State University), and Margaret (Peg) Van Bree (Hasbro Children’s Hospital).  Dan West (University of Scranton) participated as the CAHME Chair.  CAHME’s past CEO, Margaret Schulte provided the continuity from the work that began during her term.

For me, the give and take, debate and compromise, respect and thoughtfulness that occurred during the meetings was what makes CAHME special.  The work that this CAHME Community of Scholars are doing will result in a well-prepared healthcare management workforce. Like the design of the Oculus, the end product of the Council is based on a new healthcare and education environment.  However, unlike the Oculus, the revisions of the Standards Council will not be strikingly different, but built on the established competency-based standards.

Look for more information about the results of the Standards Council soon, including what this means for our programs.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

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