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.
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
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO