CAHME Marks Newly Accredited and Re-accredited Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

At our May Board meeting, CAHME approved accreditation for a new program: the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences Master of Science in Health Administration. With its addition, a total of 106 programs in the US and Canada now meet CAHME standards—an all-time high.

The Board also re-accredited five programs:

Accreditation is at the core of CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare education. Achieving accreditation, or re-accreditation, is the culmination of significant effort by programs to demonstrate that they meet CAHME standards. And those standards are important. Students look for CAHME-accredited programs as assurance that they will offer a high-quality educational experience that will best prepare them for leadership. Hospitals and health systems look to hire graduates of CAHME-accredited programs knowing that these new executives are coming to them not just with academic credentials, but with proven competencies in meeting the challenges of providing healthcare in communities across the country and around the world. CAHME maintains a searchable database of accredited programs on our web site which includes program information, accreditation history, contact info, and links to program webs sites.

I want to acknowledge, too, the many volunteers for CAHME who provide such important support as conducting site visits, reviewing applications, and serving on a range of committees that advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Certifies Healthcare Quality and Safety Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

At its May meeting, the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) approved certification for four programs in Healthcare Quality & Safety. The newly certified programs are offered by George Washington UniversityThomas Jefferson University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The certification of these programs represents an important milestone in an almost three-year process that is continuing. In the Fall of  2016, David Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, approached CAHME about the idea of offering certification—and ultimately accreditation—for healthcare quality and safety education. Dr. Nash joined with Christy Lemak, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham to accelerate the process. A survey of programs demonstrated strong interest and by the fall of 2017, ten leading healthcare quality and safety programs across North America had agreed to support the effort.

Under the chairmanship of Billy Oglesby, PhD, MBA, FACHE, Associate Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, the Healthcare Quality & Safety (HQS) Committee formed and laid out an aggressive timeline to develop certification and accreditation standards and competencies. Committee and subcommittee representation included both academicians and practitioners.  Last November the CAHME Board approved the certification standards and four of the founding 10 programs applied for certification. Leading academics, practitioners in quality and safety, CAHME Board members, and staff from the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) provided an independent review of the applications.

“Improving the quality and safety of healthcare is imperative for health systems not only in the US, but around the world,” Dr. Oglesby said, noting strong interest when he and Dr. Nash reported on the CAHME initiative during the 2018 convention for the International Society for Quality in Health Care. “One key to success is to ensure programs offer students of healthcare management the academic foundation that will allow them to lead the changes needed to achieve safer and higher quality healthcare.”

“CAHME certification and (eventual) accreditation of HQS instruction broadens our ability to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of healthcare management education, both in North America and globally,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME. “We are grateful to the many academic and industry leaders who have worked so hard to achieve this important milestone.”