CAHME Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Modern Healthcare magazine are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 CAHME Awards.

“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 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
CAHME

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
CAHME

 

Improving Program Ranking Methodologies

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Ranking and rating systems for colleges and hospitals are now widely accepted by the public as one indicator of quality, and this is true for graduate healthcare management programs as well. Every few years, US News & World Report(USN&WR) produces a highly anticipated report on what it deems The Best Health Care Management Programs. USN&WR recognizes the importance of accreditation, and limits the list to only CAHME-Accredited programs.

Recognizing the importance that both graduate healthcare management programs–and their prospective students–place on these sorts of rankings, CAHME is interested in ways of enhancing ranking methodologies to improve their consistency and reliability in recognizing program quality. This is consistent with our mission of making information easily available to interested constituencies.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with leaders of the USN&WR team that oversees its ranking projects. USN&WR intends to release its next ranking of graduate healthcare management programs in early 2019, based upon data gathered in 2018. The USN&WR team is committed to constant improvement of their ranking methodologies, and we plan to meet again in January 2018 as they consider the next iteration of their report.

I want to acknowledge the support of Accreditation Council member Dr. Bill Tuttle, Vice President of Planning at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, who briefed me on the intricacies of the ranking system.  Bill has just completed his dissertation on the USN&WR ranking system. Bill and I talked about how USN&WR could incorporate more quantitative data into the ranking process to improve the accuracy and usefulness of the report, such as the data that CAHME-accredited programs provide in their annual reports.

I am very interested to hear suggestions from CAHME stakeholders that we could share with USN&WR. CAHME is considering forming an advisory committee on this topic, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact me.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

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
CAHME

CAHME Accredited Programs Dominate NAHSE Case Competition

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

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
CAHME

 

The winning UNC team, from left, Lauren Jordan, Oluoma Chukwu, and Jessica Broadus.
Second place finishers from Saint Louis University, from left, Matthew Glassman, Brianna Clair, and Kwamane Liddell.
Third place finishers from Ohio State University, from left, Gennel Vieria, Esther Olsen, and Wilkister Tangasi.

Why Healthcare Administration is Important

Anthony Stanowski
Gerald L. Glandon, PhD

In a recent NY Times op-ed, Sandeep Jauhar uses the internecine struggles of a small California hospital to suggest that our health system would be improved if more physicians held executive leadership positions at our nation’s hospitals. (Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care?). Certainly, doctors and nurses should control providing medical services to patients.  These professionals have years of training and experience in making these important decisions.

However, the skills needed to provide administrative leadership for hospitals are significantly different from those needed to provide clinical care. Modern hospital leadership requires excellence in understanding community needs, human resources, accounting, finance, economics, logistics, and government regulation. Without skilled administrators who have mastered these and other elements, physicians would not be able to focus on patients.

This distinction between clinical and administrative leadership is not new. Florence Nightingale implemented administrative processes, financial management, medical records systems, and architectural standards for hospitals beginning in 1854.  Today, most hospitals in the US are not-for-profit institutions, led by the combined expertise of their medical staffs, administrators, and boards of community leaders.  For all the challenges and changes in healthcare over the last 150 years, this model has proven very successful.

Dr. Jauhar might have focused on the many physicians who pursue advanced education in healthcare and business administration. These physicians often do bring a unique and powerful perspective toward the business of healthcare. But suggesting that our health system would be improved if only more doctors were in charge is simply not supported by the facts, and it disparages the many dedicated and talented healthcare administrators who are as committed as any physician to the health of patients and communities.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE 
President and CEO
CAHME

Gerald L. Glandon, PhD
President and CEO
Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration

Press Release CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant Winners Announced

Press Release: CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grant Winners Announced

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ROCKVILLE, MD., October 19, 2017 CAHME and Aramark are proud to announce the winners of the grants to CAHME-accredited programs also served by Aramark. CAHME and Aramark share a goal to drive innovation and excellence in healthcare management education. We are grateful for Aramark’s generous support which will fund a range of experiences for students in CAHME-accredited programs. Grants are awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities.

CAHME and Aramark are pleased to announce eight winners of the first CAHME/Aramark Innovation Grants. Because of the high volume and quality of applications, the number of winners was expanded from four to eight. Two grants have been awarded $5,000 each, while six will receive $3,660 each.

“When CAHME and Aramark announced the grant program earlier this year, we knew we wanted to recognize innovative ideas in improving graduate healthcare management education,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME. “It was gratifying to have so many applications for support, and we are grateful for Aramark’s generosity in expanding the number of winners.”

A blue-ribbon panel of healthcare and Aramark executives reviewed the applications. Panelists included :

  1. Jack Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Main Line Health System
  2. David McCombs, Vice President of ERP/Supply Chain Operations, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  3. Doug Silverstein, President, Evanston Hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem
  4. Madeline Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  5. Victor Crawford, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Facilities, and Higher Education, Aramark

This year, we are able to offer eight grants. The winners are:

Program Description Award
     
The George Washington University and
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciencess
Developing interview skills $5,000
University of Memphis Expand professional leadership training for students $5,000
St Louis University Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
University of Iowa Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill
Expand case competition opportunities and professional conferences for students $3,660
University of Scranton Expand case competition opportunities $3,660
Virginia Commonwealth
University
Support student attendance at ACHE $3,660
Widener University Expand case competition opportunities $3,660

In funding the grants, Mr. Crawford noted “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.”

CAHME, along with Aramark, congratulates the winning programs and believes the students benefiting from these grants will be better prepared to serve the healthcare industry and the community in the future.

Applications for the next round of grants will be available in the summer of 2018.

About CAHME:

CAHME serves the public interest by advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers that ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. For more information, visit: Cahme.org

Media Contact:

CAHME: Anthony Stanowski | info@cahme.org | (301) 298-1823

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.

First CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Presidential Honoree Named

 

ROCKVILLE, MD., October 6, 2017 / The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has named Samantha Clark as the first recipient of the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Presidential Honorarium. The Honorarium includes a $2,000 scholarship. Samantha is a second-year student in the University of Washington Masters in Health Administration program. The Honorarium recognizes graduate healthcare management students who embody the spirit and attitude of Dawn Gideon.

Dawn, herself a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. In Dawn’s memory, her family, friends, and colleagues founded The Dawn Gideon Foundation to support opportunities for education, development, and research in healthcare management, with a special focus on empowering women in the field. “Samantha Clark’s tenacity, intelligence, and resourcefulness—as described by her teachers and colleagues at the University of Washington—make her a worthy recipient of this award,” said Dr. Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME.

Samantha entered UW’s program after working several years as a healthcare social worker and case manager. As a first-year graduate student, she was part of the UW team that achieved second place in the highly competitive University of Alabama Health Administration Case Competition. This past summer Samantha interned with the Northwest Physicians Network in Puget Sound, and is now, in addition to her classwork, consulting with the NW Providence Medical Group in its Quality High Reliability department.

“CAHME is grateful to the Dawn Gideon Foundation for its support in helping to recognize future leaders in healthcare,” Dr. Stanowski said.