CAHME works hard to make sure we operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, maximizing the value of the revenues we receive from our accreditation services and the support we receive from our partners. We have made significant progress toward this goal over the last several years and continue to look for opportunities. With the board’s approval and direction, CAHME has moved toward a more “virtual” structure and closed our office in Rockville, MD.
Effectively immediately, we have established a new address for regular correspondance:
PO Box 911
Spring House, PA 19444.
Checks should be sent directly to our accounting firm:
11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 415
North Bethesda, MD 20852
As part of the restructuring, we have eliminated the role of office manager. We thank Brenda Jones for her service to CAHME as she moves on to pursue other opportunities.
Program Directors and others should update files and systems to reflect these new addresses.
I am very pleased to share news that at its November meeting, the CAHME Board of Directors approved certification standards for graduate programs in healthcare quality and safety. This partnership with nine leading universities offering masters degrees in quality and safety established important standards and competencies for ensuring quality education for healthcare safety and quality leadership. It is the first step toward the eventual creation of more robust accreditation standards.
The need is clear. Healthcare quality and safety (HQS) has experienced dramatic growth, both in terms of being a focus of health systems and in the number of graduate programs, over the last decade. Ten years ago, there were just two graduate programs focusing on HQS. Today there are 13 in the United States and Canada. Program directors began discussing the establishment of certification and accreditation in 2017, and have involved practitioners and associations in this process.
This is a natural extension of CAHME’s expertise and experience, and we are thrilled to be part of the effort. As individual graduate programs have developed their own HQS programs, there has been a lack of consistency and agreement on what should be included in curricula, student experiences, or the competencies that should be mastered. I commend the programs for voluntarily coming together to work through these issues that will, ultimately, help to drive improvement in graduate HQS education.