Benefits for CAHME Students and Programs Mark the New Semester

As the new school years gets underway at 98 CAHME-accredited programs in the United States and Canada, I am pleased to announce some new complimentary benefits and the start of a new season for the Awards program. Look for future updates for more details and how to sign up. I want to thank the CAHME corporate members and  sponsors who make these possible.

Complimentary Benefits from AHA Personal Membership Groups: The American Hospital Association (AHA) and CAHME have partnered to provide students from CAHME-accredited programs with complimentary access to networking, emerging news, and resources to support students’ healthcare management education coursework. Students will find that participating in an AHA Professional Membership Group (PMG) provides a competitive edge in advancing their careers. Membership includes access to the coveted AHA Future Scan report that identifies important trends in healthcare.

Complimentary Subscription to Modern Healthcare Magazine and Modern Healthcare Online: Students in CAHME-accredited programs can get a free subscription to  the digital edition of Modern Healthcare, a leading source of information and research about business and policy trends in healthcare.

A Complimentary Fall Webinar Series on How to Succeed with Competency Assessment Criteria in Accreditation will kick off on September 20. The webinar will feature several CAHME programs that are succeeding in monitoring and measuring students attainment of competencies necessary to lead healthcare organizations.  Through site visits, CAHME examined our programs’ performance and found that many programs struggle with how to evaluate students in attainment of competencies, and how to communicate that information to students. Of the 62 programs reviewed using the 2013 Criteria for Accreditation, only 16 programs measured competency attainment completely and successfully. However, several programs created processes for excelling in those areas.  In keeping with CAHME’s mission, four (4) programs that excelled in this area will be featured in a webinar series in the Fall of 2017.  Go to www.cahme.org for more information.

The CAHME Awards Program: Partnering with leading corporations in healthcare, CAHME is pleased to once again offer students the chance to apply for a number of prestigious awards that support students in a range of special areas. You can read more about available awards on the CAHME web site. We are grateful to our partners Cerner, Ascension, Baylor Scott & White, and Canon for their commitment to excellence in healthcare management education.

Look for future updates from CAHME about each of these special benefits and programs and how our programs and students can take advantage. They are an added value for CAHME programs and the students served.

Best wishes for a successful academic year!

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

Integrating Healthcare Management Education with Other Disciplines

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
CAHME
astanowski@camhe.org

 

Enhancing the CAHME Web Site

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
CAHME
astanowski@camhe.org

Building a Legacy for Future Healthcare Leaders

One of the great pleasures of leading CAHME is the opportunity to meet students and faculty in CAHME-accredited programs who are bringing tremendous energy and enthusiasm to advancing healthcare management.

I recently visited such a group at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, C.U.N.Y. The Zicklin School’s healthcare MBA is one of CAHME’s longest accredited programs, dating from 1971. The program is highly competitive, and I’ve been impressed with the students’ performance in case competitions.

After my visit, I had the pleasure to connect with Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.PH., a Zicklin Adjunct Professor. Jonathan’s Zicklin role is a return engagement; he served on the fulltime faculty as an Assistant Professor from 1972 – 1975.

Jonathan is a remarkable fellow: after serving in the Air Force in the late 1960s, he went on to a long, varied, and accomplished career in healthcare administration in New York City and northern New Jersey. In addition to his professional positions, Jonathan volunteered for and lead multiple boards, advisory groups, and task forces, including serving as chair of the board of the NJ Hospital Association. As president and CEO of the Jersey City Medical Center, Jonathan oversaw the building of an entirely new hospital that not only enhanced care in that community, but from which visitors, patients, and staff can look out at the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.PH.

Now, after five decades in healthcare, Jonathan is focusing on his legacy. His teaching at Zicklin is just one way in which Jonathan is passing his extensive knowledge and experience on to those coming after him. He also authors a blog titled Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands(TM)  where he shares his views on healthcare policy as both a practitioner and an academician. Jonathan’s goal is to position his blog as a resource for healthcare management students today and in the future. CAHME accredited program faculty are welcome to use the site for instructional content. If faculty want to contact Jonathan, he can be reached at jonathanmetsch@gmail.com.

The passion, commitment, and dedication to service that came through in my conversation with Jonathan typifies an attitude I see in many CAHME program faculty members, many of whom come to teaching after years in professional practice, and who see their work in CAHME-accredited programs as a way to give back and build a legacy. The students at Zicklin have clearly benefited in learning from Jonathan Metsch and his colleagues at Baruch. It speaks well of the program and the development of future healthcare leaders.

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

Anthony Stanowski (second from right, rear) visited with healthcare MBA students and faculty at the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, C.U.N.Y., in July.

Getting the Right People on the Bus

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.

Eric Brichto, Esq.

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
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

 

CAHME – Aramark Innovation Grant Application Now Available

The application for the CAHME-Aramark grant program is now available! This three-year partnership with Aramark supports grants to students in CAHME-accredited programs also served by Aramark. We are grateful for Aramark’s generous support that will fund a range of experiences for students.

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

In a press release, Victor Crawford, Aramark’s chief operating officer for Healthcare, Facilities, and Higher Education noted that Aramark is “committed to supporting the development of future leaders in healthcare. Encouraging opportunities for healthcare management students to explore and apply innovative thinking will foster better healthcare experiences for the patients of tomorrow.”

The grant application is now available on the CAHME web site. Four grants will be awarded in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  The deadline for this year’s grants is August 15, and awards will be announced on September 15. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from CAHME, Aramark, and independent organizations.

I deeply appreciate the support of Aramark and all of CAHME’s corporate partners who share our mission of promoting excellence in graduate healthcare management education.

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

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
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

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 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

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.

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.