CAHME Standards Refinement

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At its meeting on June 1, 2018, the CAHME Board of Directors approved refinement of three accreditation standards for CAHME programs. These changes are summarized below, and we encourage any interested program personnel to take part in a special free webinar on July 24, 2018 at 12 noon Eastern Time to learn more.

These refinements will maintain the quality and integrity of CAHME-accreditation while also easing administrative burdens on programs and ensure that CAHME continues to adapt to the changing needs of students and programs.

These changes are effective immediately, and are summarized below:

Requirement E: 120-hours of synchronous education for accreditation has been removed.This change allows programs more flexibility in reaching students with unique needs, such as those in active military duty, those in other time zones or countries, and working students. It also shifts the focus of the standard from requiring a certain number of hours (process) toward development of critical competencies (outcomes). This is consistent with other accreditors. Finally, it allows programs that do not have 120-hours of synchronous learning to at least enter the CAHME review process, to determine how to strengthen their curriculum.  This fits in our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

III C 2:  The Program will regularly evaluate the extent to which each student attains the competencies at the level targeted by the Program, and will have a process in place for communicating that information to students was changed. Programs no longer have to measure student level competency attainment at the course level.This change recognizes the fact that 77 percent of programs in the past six years have not met the standard, while the failure rate of the next highest criteria is just one-third as high. We heard from programs, too, that the data to support this standard is expensive and resource intensive to acquire. We noticed additional difficulties for MBA and MPH programs where faculty are not under control of a single program director.

A.5 The Program will ensure that graduates’ career preparedness is monitored, documented and used for continuous improvement. We have added clarifying language to this standard: “Graduate career tracking can be accomplished in multiple ways, e.g., annual surveys, periodic surveys (at least every three years), comprehensive use of an alumni directory of program graduates, active tracking via LinkedIn, robust alumni engagement in advisory board activity, etc. The primary intent of this criterion is to ensure the Program remains engaged with and actively monitors alumni to ensure graduates meet industry expectations and can secure and retain employment.”

We believe this additional language will eliminate confusion about how programs should try to meet this standard, and will improve inter-rater reliability on program evaluations.

These refinements are consistent with CAHME’s long-standing practice of reviewing our standards and modifying them as needed to ensure their relevance and effectiveness not only for accredited programs, but for the students pursing advanced education in healthcare management.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Scholarship Winners Announced

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce the winners of scholarships that honor of two remarkable people and healthcare leaders.

Callie Parks

The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship is named in memory of Dawn Gideon, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed and who herself graduated from a CAHME-accredited MHA program at the University of Pittsburgh. This year’s winner is Callie Parks, a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Master of Health Administration Program. Callie’s nomination noted her intellectual and academic excellence, her leadership and communication skills, and her commitment to innovation and service to others.

The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship is named for Tim Campbell, a CAHME board member who personified a commitment to service and volunteerism. This is the first year for the scholarship, and the winner is Jay McCutcheon, an MHA student at the University of Memphis Health Administration Program. While pursuing his studies, Jay also serves as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He also volunteers with his school’s MHA Student Association which connects students to local serve local programs such as the Ronald McDonald House. Jay is known as a “focused, mission-driven servant leader.”

Jay McCutcheon

I can’t help but think both Dawn and Tim would be very pleased to know that Callie and Jay are receiving scholarships that reflect the values and qualities that Dawn and Tim embodied and encouraged in others.

Congratulations to both Callie and Jay. The healthcare industry looks forward to your leadership in the years ahead.

President & CEO
CAHME

First CAHME Mentorship Circle Recipients Announced

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

I am pleased to announce the first set of programs to achieve membership in the CAHME Mentorship Circle. In establishing the CAHME Mentorship Circle designation, the CAHME Board seeks to recognize those programs that—in addition to achieving the high standards of CAHME accreditation themselves—engage in a variety of activities that help to extend CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. CHAME Mentorship Circle status recognizes that these programs provide opportunities to other students and other programs to advance their own experiences and skills—for the good of the entire healthcare field.

Here is the list of our first group of CAHME Mentorship Circle programs:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration
  • Baylor University Healthcare MBA Program
  • University of Central Florida Master of Health Administration
  • Cornell University Sloan Program in Health Administration
  • University of Iowa Master of Healthcare Administration
  • University of Kentucky Master of Health Administration
  • University of Minnesota Master of Healthcare Administration
  • University of Missouri Master of Health Administration
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Master of Healthcare Administration
  • The Ohio State University Master of Health Administration
  • Rush University Master of Sciences in Health Systems Management
  • Saint Louis University Master of Health Administration
  • University of Scranton Master of Health Administration
  • Seton Hall University Master of Healthcare Administration

On our web site you can read what each program is doing to garner this special recognition, along with application forms, information about the application process, and a video explaining the CAHME Mentorship Circle goals and criteria. Going forward, we will consider CAHME Mentorship Circle applications twice each year: September 1 and February 1.

CAHME Mentorship Circle status is an honor and a responsibility. It requires extra effort by programs, but rewards that extra effort by providing these programs with additional recognition that speaks to their dedication to the field of healthcare management education.

My congratulations and thanks to these special programs for achieving CAHME Mentorship Circle status.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME