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.

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


Press Release CAHME Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Criteria

Press Release: CAHME Releases New Standards for Healthcare Management Education


ROCKVILLE, MD., November 21, 2016 / The 2016 election highlighted the ongoing change that is inherent in healthcare. The management of this change is the responsibility of the dedicated men and women who, behind the scenes of the clinical setting, bring their leadership and management skills to ensure the success in healthcare organizations. Many healthcare leaders learn their unique skills in graduate programs in healthcare administration – programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

To ensure that the graduates of those programs continue to be well prepared to lead the change vital to individual health and that or the population at large, the CAHME Board of Directors unanimously approved revisions to their accreditation criteria for these programs. During a one-year process, leaders from academia, employers and the public provided valuable input to the criteria review process. Following the Board’s decision on November 14, 2016, the revised criteria is effective at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

CAHME’s mission is to serve the public interest by advancing the quality of healthcare management education. The revised criteria will further this mission by fostering quality and innovation in graduate education in healthcare management. They will also further the competency-based approach to education on which CAHME accreditation is based and will continue to advance already successful student outcomes. Graduates of CAHME accredited programs enjoy an average 95% employment placement rate and are among the top leaders in healthcare.

Anthony C Stanowski, DHA, CAHME President and CEO stated: “This revision of the accreditation criteria reflects the input of those in the community of scholars in academia and in the employer communities. Their participation and dedication in this process furthers our commitment to ensure the highest quality education for the next generation of healthcare leaders”.

Daniel J. West, PhD., Board Chair of CAHME, and Professor & Chairman in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources at the University of Scranton noted: “We are deeply appreciative of the dedicated professionals and members of the public who worked to review and revise the CAHME accreditation standards. The end result is an even deeper commitment to continuous quality improvement in graduate programs in healthcare management throughout the U.S. and Canada. The revised criteria enable those in academia to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders for the challenges they will face in working through the change expected in healthcare, to insure that all those who need care are able to receive it.”

To review the 2017 CAHME eligibility requirements and accreditation criteria, visit our website.

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:

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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 Jennifer L. Furjanic, MBA-HCM (; 301-298-1822).

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO