CAHME Accredited Programs Enable Graduates To Be Prepared for Change – Post Election Thoughts

As we ponder the impact of a new administration and changes in health care policy, faculty at CAHME programs have rolled up their sleeves and continue to prepare our students with how to work through whatever change comes at them. While the election results were a surprise to many, what is not a surprise to us in healthcare is that change will occur.

Even after nearly a decade of work, the IHI Triple Aims goals of cost, patient experience (quality and satisfaction), and improving the health of populations still are elusive. If there ever was a doubt, the CMS report published by Health Affairs on December 2, 2016 showed that costs continue to be an issue; nominal US health care spending increased 5.8% and reached $3.2 trillion in 2015. Per person spending is now $9,990 per year.

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Faculty and students at VCU told me why CAHME accreditation matters!

The rigor of CAHME programs helps to ensure that bright, well-trained minds will be prepared. For example, I recently visited one of our top programs, Commonwealth University, met students and faculty, and learned first-hand how students are preparing for change. Dr. Cecil Drain, Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, described the core principles behind VCU’s approach: “We train our students to learn that they are professionals; practitioners who are there to support the patient.” While many in the general population worry about the direction of policy, we should all feel confident that graduates of CAHME-accredited programs are prepared to lead the health care system through whatever change occurs.

CAHME standards help students be ready for change, see our recent white paper, To Be the Change: Preparing the Future Leaders of Healthcare.

Anthony Stanowski
President and CEO
CAHME

 

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

Implications for CAHME Accredited Programs of USDE Policy Change

3d61c50d-2432-49d2-bd15-9c763dcf0c911It is rare that higher education accreditation issues garner national news coverage but in a June 22 letter the Department of Education (DE) terminated its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) following the bankruptcy of ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges, two of its accredited institutions.  This decision will have far reaching implications for ACICS’ accredited institutions, other regional and institutional accreditors, and perhaps even CAHME programs.

Losing DE recognition means that ACICS’ roughly 245 accredited Colleges and Universities will need to find new institutional accreditors or their students will lose access to Title IV Federal Financial Aid. ACICS is the largest institutional accreditor in the United States and its accredited institutions enroll more than 800,000 students. ACICS’ accredited Colleges and Universities will have 18 months to find new institutional accreditors.

CAHME has never been a recognized institutional accreditor. As a programmatic accreditor, CAHME helps guarantee that students at accredited programs have access to Title IV Federal Student Loans by requiring that programs reside within a College or University recognized by an institutional accreditor like ACICS. Historically, CAHME programs have not relied on ACICS for institutional accreditation. However, CAHME programs may be affected by this decision. Regional accreditors who want to avoid a similar fate will likely begin taking action against Colleges and Universities with poor student outcomes. In the near future well performing CAHME programs may find themselves in Colleges and Universities that lack regional accreditation if the institution as a whole has poor student outcomes.

CAHME will continue to monitor developments and will keep our programs informed.

Eric Brichto, Esq
Director & Counsel, Accreditation Operations
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

CAHME-Modern Healthcare Parternship

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Modern Healthcare Partners with CAHME to Offer a One Year Complimentary Classic Subscription to all Students of CAHME Accredited Programs.

CAHME continues to provide value-added benefits to our programs as we advance the quality of healthcare management education. Through Modern Healthcare, CAHME is offering a yearlong complimentary subscription to all students of CAHME accredited programs. This includes unlimited access to ModernHealthcare.com and Modern Healthcare Digital magazine (weekly).

To learn more about this benefit for CAHME accredited programs, visit CAHME Communications.

This benefit is provided by Modern Healthcare, as a part of their commitment to educate the future leaders of healthcare, and to be “the leader in healthcare business and policy news, research and information”. Modern Healthcare is the exclusive media sponsor for the CAHME Awards Program. Look for more information on the CAHME Awards Program soon.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. Modern Healthcare reports on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through their weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a “must-read” by the who’s who in healthcare.

CAHME-Modern Healthcare Student Subscription Benefit

Modern Healthcare Partners with CAHME to Offer a One Year Complimentary Classic Subscription to all Students of CAHME Accredited Programs.

Through Modern Healthcare, CAHME is offering a yearlong complimentary subscription to all students of CAHME accredited programs. This includes:

Action Item for Programs:
This benefit is available only to students that are enrolled in CAHME accredited programs. To activate this benefit, send a student roster in a Microsoft Excel file to Neel Pathak at npathak@cahme.org. The roster should include the following information about students:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • School Email Address
  • Program Type (residential/executive/online/hybrid)

Deadline:  The deadline to submit your completed roster to CAHME is September 16th, 2016.

Next Steps:

  • CAHME will aggregate student information from all accredited programs and relay the information to Modern Healthcare for due processing.
  • Modern Healthcare will then reach out to the listed students directly for any additional follow-up and to provide access to the subscription.
  • Student information provided to CAHME and Modern Healthcare will be strictly used only for the purpose of providing this subscription benefit and a discounted offer in one year.
  • The tentative timeline for the student subscription to take effect is by October, 2016.

Contact:
Neel Pathak
Director of Business Development at CAHME
npathak@cahme.org
301-298-1823

Modern Healthcare is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. Modern Healthcare reports on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through their weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a “must-read” by the who’s who in healthcare.

CAHME’s Corporate Member ACHE Announces Career Resource Center for Students

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The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is one of CAHME’s founders, and has been a longtime supporter of promoting the profession of healthcare management and the importance of accreditation in graduate healthcare management education. I recently met with ACHE President Deborah Bowen and COO Liz Summy, who told me about some new development for students.

ACHE’s Career Resource Center supports healthcare management professionals in advancing their career.  This year, ACHE announced the introduction of CareerEDGE SE, a valuable career planning tool which includes a five-step framework for career success specially designed for Student Associates of ACHE.

Faculty from CAHME accredited programs should feel confident in pointing to ACHE as an essential resource to students as they plan their career.  Needless to say, ACHE reinforces the value of the CAHME accreditation standard, and acknowledges that CAHME accredited programs meet clear criteria related to curriculum content and design, faculty and university resources, and career development and progress of a program’s graduates.

CAHME thanks ACHE for their support and is proud of our long partnership in the ongoing development of the profession of healthcare management.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Press Release: CAHME and Baylor Scott & White Health Announce Award Program for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education.

Press Release: CAHME and Baylor Scott & White Health Announce Award Program for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education.

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ROCKVILLE, Md., August 8, 2016 / CAHME — Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) have announced a national award program to recognize CAHME-accredited graduate education programs.

The CAHME-Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education is the first national award program to acknowledge excellence in quality improvement education in graduate healthcare management education programs. The CAHME- Baylor Scott & White Health Award will provide the recipient program national recognition in Modern Healthcare and will be honored at the CAHME Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago.

“We are proud to collaborate with Baylor Scott & White Health, a national leader in providing quality healthcare, to recognize programs that excel in incorporating quality improvement education in their preparation of future health care leaders,” said Anthony Stanowski, President & CEO of CAHME.

“The Institute of Medicine in their transformational reports Crossing the Quality Chasm and To Err is Human provided the framework for the essential components for quality health care and documented the prevalence of medical errors. Only a limited number of educational programs provide training on quality improvement in health care and fully prepare future leaders in health care to govern and lead quality improvement initiatives impacting the care received by patient in our communities. Baylor Scott & White Health is honored to collaborate with CAHME to prepare our future leaders to deliver STEEEP® (Safe, Timely, Efficient, Efficient, Equitable and Patient-Centered) health care.” said David J. Ballard, Chief Quality Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health.


Modern Healthcare
partnered with CAHME to be the exclusive media sponsor for CAHME Awards Program. Modern Healthcare is recognized as the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information.

CAHME will release additional details about the award program and the nominations process on its website in September.

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

About Baylor Scott & White Health:

Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 49 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 5,800 active physicians, 35,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For more information visit: BaylorScottandWhite.com

Media Contact:

CAHME: Neel Pathak | npathak@cahme.org | (301) 298-1823

Baylor Scott & White Health: Nanette Myers | Nanette.myers@BSWHealth.org | 214-265-3614

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