This is the last CAHME newsletter for 2018 (our next edition will be distributed on January 7, 2019). The end of a year always prompts reflection on the prior twelve months, and for CAHME this has been a very good year. Here is a list of some of what we accomplished:
We marked our 50th anniversary with a celebration and panel discussion on what leadership traits will be required for healthcare in the next 50 years.
We accredited for the first time programs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and New Haven University, added a new module in the program at The George Washington University, and re-accredited seven programs.
We held two Boot Camps that helped programs better understand issues around accreditation and benchmarking.
We announced a new program to certify education programs in healthcare quality and safety, and approved refinement of accreditation standards, eventually leading to accreditation.
We refined accreditation standards regarding synchronous education, simplified the evaluation of competency measurement, and clarified the monitoring of alumni tracking.
We kicked off the CAHME Mentorship Circle program to encourage and recognize those programs that support the profession by helping other programs succeed.
Our Enhanced Benchmarking tool enabled programs to do peer-to-peer benchmarking.
Two programs outside of North America have started the process of becoming CAHME-accredited; more are in the queue.
Thanks to our corporate partners, we continued offering scholarships and awards for outstanding students and programs.
Nearly 6,000 students in CAHME-accredited programs received access to Modern Healthcare online, and access to services from the AHA’s Personal Membership groups.
We refreshed the CAHME logo to better reflect our mission and modernize our look.
These accomplishments would not have been possible without our 250 volunteers, our students, our dedicated faculty, our corporate partners, and the profession that supports the work of CAHME. When I think about CAHME, I think about what is right in the world: people who are dedicated to educating the future leaders of healthcare. The type of selflessness you demonstrate in your support of CAHME reflects what this season is all about.
Like many of you, I was a beneficiary of the work of CAHME about 35 year ago. It is humbling to think that the work we do today and in 2019 will guide future leaders to help make healthcare better and improve lives.
Everyone at CAHME is grateful for your support and wishes you the best for the holidays and 2019.
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 established a new address for regular correspondence and checks:
PO Box 911
Spring House, PA 19444.
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.
Adrianne Cancillieri is the Executive Assistant to the President / CEO. In this role she is responsible for all administrative support.
Prior to joining CAHME, Adrianne held a role as a Human Resource Benefit Coordinator at one of New Jersey’s largest not-for-profit healthcare companies. Adrianne’s main responsibilities were to handle employee benefits for over 16,000 employees and coordinate the application process for FORTUNE® 100 each year. She assisted in getting the company recognized on the FORTUNE® 100 list for over 9 years.
In addition, she was responsible for maintaining the company’s benefit program and contracting with physicians to join the company’s self-insured benefit plan.
Adrianne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College.