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