Standards Changes Webinar
Seventy-three people participated in our webinar led by Standards Chair Brad Beauvais last week to review the three recent changes to CAHME Standards that were recently enacted by our Board. If you missed the webinar, visit our home page to view a recording of the presentation, download the slides, and read more about the changes. To briefly summarize, CAHME has updated its standards by 1) removing the requirement for 120-hours of synchronous education; 2) eliminating the need to measure student-level competency attainment at the course level, and 3) clarifying ways in which programs can track their graduates’ career paths. These refinements are consistent with CAHME’s long-standing practice of reviewing our standards and modifying them as needed to ensure their relevance and effectiveness not only for accredited programs, but for the students pursing advanced education in healthcare management.
Benchmarking Drives Quality–Have You Started Yet?
Benchmarking is a common practice in healthcare and throughout the business world. It makes sense that CAHME programs themselves have the opportunity to benchmark. Programs that opt-in for CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking share performance data, such as self-study or annual report data, to see how other programs are doing in key metrics and site visit information. This is an important resource for programs to see how they measure up against other programs and is a free service for CAHME-accredited programs. You can learn more about Enhanced Benchmarking on our web site.
As of today, 55 percent of CAHME-accredited programs have signed up to participate in CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking initiative. An additional 15 candidate programs are also involved. Participating programs have a head start on non-participating programs in understanding how to excel in meeting the needs of students. Enhanced Benchmarking is one of the criteria for consideration for CAHME Mentorship Circle designation. We encourage all programs to participate in benchmarking. Visit our web site to learn more and to sign up today.
CAHME is pleased to announce the winners of scholarships that honor of two remarkable people and healthcare leaders.
The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship is named in memory of Dawn Gideon, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed and who herself graduated from a CAHME-accredited MHA program at the University of Pittsburgh. This year’s winner is Callie Parks, a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Master of Health Administration Program. Callie’s nomination noted her intellectual and academic excellence, her leadership and communication skills, and her commitment to innovation and service to others.
The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship is named for Tim Campbell, a CAHME board member who personified a commitment to service and volunteerism. This is the first year for the scholarship, and the winner is Jay McCutcheon, an MHA student at the University of Memphis Health Administration Program. While pursuing his studies, Jay also serves as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He also volunteers with his school’s MHA Student Association which connects students to local serve local programs such as the Ronald McDonald House. Jay is known as a “focused, mission-driven servant leader.”
I can’t help but think both Dawn and Tim would be very pleased to know that Callie and Jay are receiving scholarships that reflect the values and qualities that Dawn and Tim embodied and encouraged in others.
Congratulations to both Callie and Jay. The healthcare industry looks forward to your leadership in the years ahead.
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!
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.
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.
“CAHME and leading healthcare companies sponsor these awards to recognize and support CAHME-accredited programs that are driving innovation, improving the student experience, and advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education,” said Anthony Stanowski, CAHME’s president and chief executive officer. “The growing number of applications, and their sophistication, suggests that these awards are having the desired effect.”
This year’s Awards generated 23 applications, the highest number ever. A Blue Ribbon panel of experts from academia and healthcare reviewed the applications and chose the winners.
The Awards and winners for 2018 are:
The CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development, won by the University of Memphis Master of Health Administration for its program of leadership training and immersion based on a corporate model, and modified for inter-professional simulation.
The CAHME/Baylor Scott and White Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education won by Rush University’s Master Program in Health Systems Management for embedding quality throughout the Rush curriculum, extensive use of incorporating practitioner faculty in experiential learning, and programs such as having first-year students work on projects in the Process Improvement Department of Rush University Medical Center.
The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice won by the University of Scranton Master in Health Administration for focusing on sustainability projects in the context of corporate responsibility and Jesuit pedagogy. Scranton links sustainability with social justice, public health, and health disparities through alumni engagement, international experiences, and community project work.
The CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education won by two schools, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration for integrating experiential learning in informatics with the UAB health system, and incorporating UAB alumni in knowledge-sharing and professional development; and the University of Missouri Department of Health Management and Informatics for its informatics program that focuses on lifelong leadership development, an integrated dual degree or certificate in health informatics, application of QI/PI methods, integrated Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and peer based learning.
The award winners and corporate sponsors are being recognized with an ad in an upcoming issue of Modern Healthcare and will also be honored at the 2018 CAHME Awards Luncheon, to be held on Sunday, March 25 during the ACHE Congress in Chicago.
CAHME-accredited programs dominated the recent case competition sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), held last month in San Antonio, TX. The top three finishers in the 22nd Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition represented CAHME-accredited programs at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Saint Louis University, and Ohio State University.
With a theme of “Creating a Healthy America Together: Serving our Communities,” the case competition asked teams to focus on making Oakland, CA, “The Healthiest City in America.” The UNC team took first place with a presentation that went beyond traditional boundaries of healthcare to include issues such as how the city can address “food deserts” and improve access to fresh food and produce.
I’ve attended the NAHSE annual conferences for nearly a decade. NAHSE’s focus on mentorship and career growth for African-American healthcare executives and graduate healthcare management students makes it one of the most effective forces for enhancing diversity and cultural competencies in healthcare. This work is vitally important, and is consistent with CAHME’s mission of supporting the development of future healthcare leaders.
CAHME tracks different student case competitions from around the country on our web site, and I encourage you to check out the list of winners and upcoming events. Case competitions are a great way for students to put their classroom learning into effect in the “real world.” It is heartening to see the innovation embodied by winning teams.
Congratulations to everyone at NAHSE and to the student winners of this year’s competition!
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
I first met Tim Campbell at Aramark in 2008. When I started at the company, I decided to get in early, and head to the company gym. A gentleman was working out next to me, and we exchanged greetings. I got to know Tim over time, learned that he was a former University of Georgia football player from their championship years, a former Navy Seal, and mostly…one of the nicest people you could meet.
Tim headed up Aramark’s correctional business, and he later transferred to the larger division of Aramark Healthcare. The first week of his new job, he pulled me into his office and asked me to explain how hospitals were paid. I asked for a day to prepare some materials, and the next day I sat in the corner office and explained to Tim the US healthcare payer system. “That’s just about the dumbest thing I ever heard,” Tim laughed. Much later, Tim and I got to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its implications for Aramark, the Aramark fellowship program, and the impact of presidential elections on business. His mind was geared toward solving problems; he was a masters-trained engineer. Yet, his soul was musical, and he loved to talk about his family.
Tim left Aramark, and joined Secur America, a security company. We stayed in touch. He loved education, and when I was on the CAHME board, a slot opened for a public member, which Tim filled in 2012. That next year, Tim left Corporate America, and became a small business owner. He purchased a Big Frog Custom T-shirt franchise, and ran a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching. He wanted to be closer to his family, stop getting on planes, and work within a community.
Tim brought discipline to CAHME’s operations as a board member, and pushed for defining our value proposition. We both shared a passion for CAHME, and when Margaret Schulte retired as CAHME’s CEO, Tim encouraged me to apply. I was concerned; going to a small non-profit and leaving the “business” end of healthcare was not something I thought I wanted. It was Tim who pointed out to me that CAHME was what I was passionate about, and that there are more important things in this world than the corporate ladder. “You can make a difference,” he said to me.
At our May 2017 CAHME Board meeting, Tim arrived late in the evening the day before the meeting. I called and suggested we go to the bar (as we typically did), get a drink, have some laughs and catch up. He said he was tired, had bronchitis, and promised to get breakfast the next morning. “That was different,” I thought. At the board meeting, Tim’s weight loss was evident. He talked about his medical issues, but said he was feeling better.
In June, Tim called me with the news that he had pancreatic cancer. He said he did not have long to live. He told me that he didn’t want a funeral, didn’t want people to just open their check books and be done with it. He told me one important thing, and asked me to tell other people about it: just do good for people. “Do something nice for someone,” he said. “I don’t want my death to be just about writing a check.”
Over the past 15 months at CAHME, Tim provided advice and support to me. This includes a phone call just last week when we discussed materials for the board meeting and membership meeting. At the call’s conclusion, I told Tim that I loved him, and he returned it. We both choked back some tears and said we would catch up.
CAHME is a better organization because of Tim, and, I must say, I am a better person because of him. The world has lost a humble man and a friend to many. We lost a man who made a difference in his community and his country. We lost a bona fide hero. Tim’s death reminds us to hug loved ones a little tighter today, and to remember the key to a successful life: just do something nice for someone.
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
One of the unique challenges and opportunities of healthcare management lies in the field’s broad application to a wide range of sectors. Successful leadership in the field means understanding all the ways in which healthcare integrates across disciplines, and how those disciplines can influence the health of individuals and communities.
The University of Iowa takes a robust approach toward encouraging interdisciplinary education for its MHA students. I had the pleasure of visiting Iowa this past spring. Formal joint degree options are offered, including programs combining the MHA curriculum with studies in business, law, medicine, pharmacy, urban planning, public health, health policy, and occupational health. Some MHA students may choose to complete a two-semester Interdisciplinary Program for Graduate Studies in Aging and Longevity. Iowa will soon offer the MHA in combination with a masters in finance or business analytics. All of Iowa’s MHA students take three semesters of inter-professional education with graduate students from every health profession on campus. The University also emphasizes experiential learning—a hallmark of CAHME-accredited programs.
My guide to understanding the University of Iowa’s approach was Dan Gentry, PhD, MHA, director of the University’s MHA program. During our visit, Dan shared the program’s conviction “that today’s healthcare leader needs both a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in patient-centered service organizations and strong business skills.” Dan’s commitment to this belief is also expressed through his service on the CAHME Accreditation Council. He is also a former CAHME board member.
As the University of Iowa and other CAHME-accredited programs across the country gear up for a new academic year, I am excited to think about the opportunities awaiting the students who will be our future leaders in healthcare.
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
Over the last year, CAHME has focused on improving the experience for our web site users, adding content that will better support our key stakeholders: students seeking information on accredited graduate healthcare management education; accredited programs and those pursuing accreditation; and our healthcare system and corporate partners whose support is so important to advancing CAHME’s mission.
Our goal is to constantly improve both the functionality and content of the site. To that end, we have reorganized pages and layouts, updated content, added more video to promote why CAHME accreditation is important, and added a blog that is updated bi-weekly with CAHME news and views. Our page on Research Proof Points compiles data on how CAHME accreditation is effective and necessary. New pages also allow us to recognize award-winning students and programs.
Accredited programs can take advantage of these CAHME web site changes by making sure the CAHME logo appears on their programs’ web pages and links back to the CAHME site, www.cahme.org. In this way, students looking at programs can easily understand the program’s accredited status, and, by visiting the CAHME site, can learn why accredited programs produce the students best-prepared to be future leaders in healthcare. These links also help both programs and CAHME by enhancing search engine optimization.
Our work on the CAHME web site is ongoing. If you have suggestions for how we can further improve content and functionality, I hope you will contact me.
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
One of the principles described in Jim Collins’ classic business book, Good to Great, is “getting the right people on the bus.” Great organizations must have close alignment between the skills of their staff, the needs of customers, and the organization’s mission.
Which brings me to Eric Brichto, Esq.
Eric was recently promoted to become CAHME’s Vice President for Accreditation Operations and Counsel. In this role, Eric is responsible for the administration of CAHME’s accreditation activities. He has been deeply involved in the growth of accredited programs and in shepherding CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking and the Chair’s Mentorship Circle. Since joining CAHME five years ago, Eric has developed extensive experience and insight into all phases of CAHME accreditation policies and practices. The universities and schools we serve know Eric for his depth of experience, his knowledge, and his orientation toward service and problem solving. His promotion helps to move CAHME forward and greatly enhances our efforts as CAHME adapts to future challenges.
I could go on to extoll Eric’s education (a BA from The George Washington University and a JD from the University of Baltimore), or his varied work experience (including stints with the Department of Justice, the USDA, and with the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General). But what tells you more about Eric is that he is a bona fide hero. In 2014, while driving on I-95 in Rhode Island early one morning, Eric came upon a collision between a car and an 18-wheeler. Eric pulled over to assist the woman driving the car. As he calmed the injured driver, Eric noticed her car was on fire. He quickly removed the woman from the vehicle just before it was engulfed in flames. His quick action saved a life.
Eric–shown here presenting CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking process at the recent AUPHA meeting–brings that same level of compassion, dedication, and quick thinking to CAHME every day. We are indeed fortunate to have him “on the bus” at CAHME.
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO