Updates on Standards and Benchmarking

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Standards Changes Webinar
Seventy-three people participated in our webinar led by Standards Chair Brad Beauvais last week to review the three recent changes to CAHME Standards that were recently enacted by our Board. If you missed the webinar, visit our home page to view a recording of the presentation, download the slides, and read more about the changes. To briefly summarize, CAHME has updated its standards by 1) removing the requirement for 120-hours of synchronous education; 2) eliminating the need to measure student-level competency attainment at the course level, and 3) clarifying ways in which programs can track their graduates’ career paths. 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.

Benchmarking Drives Quality–Have You Started Yet?
Benchmarking is a common practice in healthcare and throughout the business world. It makes sense that CAHME programs themselves have the opportunity to benchmark.  Programs that opt-in for CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking share performance data, such as self-study or annual report data, to see how other programs are doing in key metrics and site visit information. This is an important resource for programs to see how they measure up against other programs and is a free service for CAHME-accredited programs. You can learn more about Enhanced Benchmarking on our web site.

As of today, 55 percent of CAHME-accredited programs have signed up to participate in CAHME’s Enhanced Benchmarking initiative.  An additional 15 candidate programs are also involved. Participating programs have a head start on non-participating programs in understanding how to excel in meeting the needs of students. Enhanced Benchmarking is one of the criteria for consideration for CAHME Mentorship Circle designation. We encourage all programs to participate in benchmarking. Visit our web site to learn more and to sign up today.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Panel Discussion Explores Future of Healthcare Management

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Nearly 200 healthcare leaders, academicians, and graduate students attended the CAHME panel discussion and reception on June 12 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of CAHME’s founding. A 90-minute panel discussion—Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years—featured half a dozen national healthcare leaders in the provider, education, technology, and insurance sectors sharing their views on what lies ahead for healthcare and how CAHME-accredited programs can drive the changes needed to ensure future leaders in healthcare have the skills to meet healthcare needs of the future.

I am deeply grateful to our panelists:

  • Virginia Calega, MD, vice president, Medical Management and Policy for Independence Blue Cross;
  • Joseph Gasque, chief marketing officer, US & Canada Region, GE Healthcare;
  • Gerald Glandon, PhD, president & CEO of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration;
  • Carla Smith, FHIMSS, executive vice president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society;
  • Rulon Stacey, PhD, FACHE, managing director for Navigant; and
  • Christine Winn, FACHE, senior vice president, MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Institute.

Each shared unique insights with the audience, touching on themes such as the impact of artificial intelligence on medical diagnosis and treatment, the importance of leaders being self-aware, innovation in payment models, and the monumental changes in demographics (such as aging populations and greater urbanization) both in the United States and around the world. I was especially pleased to hear a common thread among the panelists, as articulated by Navigant’s Rulon Stacey: accreditation matters, now and in the future.

With the support of St. Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice Department of Health Management and Policy, CAHME will produce a white paper summarizing the panelists’ comments. And GE Healthcare sponsored a short video from the event and a longer, in-depth look at the competencies needed for future leaders. Look for both items later this summer. In the meantime, my thanks to those who attended, our many sponsors, and our colleagues at the AUPHA who allowed CAHME to coordinate our 50th anniversary celebration with its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
Attendees of Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years