Getting to 100 Video Series Debuts

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Over the next three months, CAHME will release a series of nine videos on our web site that examine the views of key stakeholders around developing the next generation of healthcare leaders. The video series will explore the following topics:

  • Why Accreditation Matters;
  • CAHME as a catalyst to foster continuous improvement in education and broadening this role globally;
  • Non-hierarchical leadership and the importance of diversity;
  • Leadership in community health, and the healthcare environment transitioning to fee-for-value;
  • Mission-driven leadership and the influencer as leader;
  • Understanding healthcare teams, the use of healthcare data, and changing clinical competencies;
  • Competency-based accreditation; and
  • Communication across stakeholders, adapting to ambiguity, and creating agile leaders.

Our introductory video features myself and CAHME’s first president, Gary Filerman, discussing what healthcare leaders will need in 2068 and the importance of values in restoring the vitality and integrity of healthcare leadership.

A companion white paper called “Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years” will be released by late November. Combined with our video series, we hope that these materials will provide insight to our programs, faculty, healthcare professionals, and students as we meet our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

A special thanks to the Dawn Gideon Foundation for underwriting the video series.  Honoring the memory of Dawn Gideon, herself a graduate from a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh, the Dawn Gideon Foundation supports CAHME in its mission to advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education. The video series honors her legacy by focusing on education of healthcare administrators who, like Dawn, will be role models for compassionate and intelligent leadership.

Thanks also to Saint Louis University which underwrote the white paper, to GE Healthcare for its financial support for the videos, and to Business of Healthcare for its partnership in the video production.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President and CEO
CAHME

Case Competitions: Real World Learning

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Each year I enjoy the privilege of observing case competitions involving students from CAHME-accredited programs. Each one makes me feel optimistic about the future of healthcare leadership.

My most recent experience was at the 23rd Annual Everett V. Fox student Case Competition at the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) annual conference, held in Orlando, FL. Thirty-three teams (the most ever for an NAHSE competition) were challenged to develop solutions for a fictional health system, Capital Care. Teams were asked to propose ways in which Capital Care could encourage greater patient participation in a Medicare Shared Savings Plan, especially among patients facing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and behavioral health and addiction.

I attended 15 of the presentations and couldn’t help but be impressed at the quality of the presenters.  Many teams included first year students who may have been in classes only for a couple months.  The creativity of the teams was evident, and the focus was on impacting patients through innovative healthcare delivery systems and addressing the social determinants of health. The winning team from The Ohio State University focused on self-management through technology including Epic’s Healthy Planet and wearable patient technology.  Taking second place was the team from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which proposed developing a high-risk primary care clinic for diabetics.  Third place finisher UNC Chapel Hill focused on key performance indicators and working to improve early detection of health issues with more timely patient interactions. I noted with pride that all five finalists, which also included teams from the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, are CAHME-accredited.

During the case competition, I had a chance to talk with Ralph Horky, an Adjunct at the University of Florida, who emphasized how valuable case competitions are for students. Reflecting the “real world” ahead of them in their careers, students in case competitions must develop solutions through their own processes and their own narratives. Combining this experience with the guidance provided by faculty, Ralph felt that case competitions function like a “post graduate” educational experience.

My congratulations to all the student teams who participated, and to everyone at NAHSE for another successful conference. You can see how CAHME programs have fared over the last three years of case competitions on our web site. Keep up the good work!

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

   The winning Ohio State University team, from left: Alpha Mansaray, Reed Franklin, and Ron Birchfield.
From left, Lauren Marei, Ose Ituah and Lalli Akurati from the University of Illinois Chicago took second place.
From left, Whitney Okie, Gina Thompson, and Ruben Joseph from UNC Chapel Hill took third place.

CAHME Award Insights

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

The annual CAHME Awards program is underway, and applications are due by Wednesday, November 21, 2018. This week’s edition of Modern Healthcare magazine will contain an ad announcing the awards. You can find all the needed forms on the CAHME web site.

The 2019 Awards program features three awards including the CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development, the CAHME/Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education, and the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice.

Last year, CAHME offered a webinar on the “Dos and Don’ts” on how to win a CAHME Award, with the support of Xavier University as a case study of their process in winning the Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability.  You can access that webinar and other helpful resources including the applications of past winners here.

Some of the tips offered include:

  • Think broadly about how your program might qualify for an award. Don’t assume an award doesn’t apply to your program. Brainstorm around all the possible ways your program focuses on leadership development, for example, quality improvement, or sustainability. That can help identify unique aspects to emphasize in your application.
  • Connect award criteria beyond just your program to include how your university also embodies the characteristics the awards seek to recognize.
  • Actively engage your students, faculty, administration and alumni. This can include providing feedback on the any draft applications or encouraging letters of support from alumni or university administrators.

We are grateful to AscensionBaylor Scott & White, and Canon Solutions America for their support, not only for the $5,000 in award money they make possible, but for how they engage with winning programs to help advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

The winning programs will be announced in January 2019, with a full page ad in Modern Healthcare following.  Awards will be presented during the ACHE 2019 Congress on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Chicago. Full details on how to apply are available on our web site.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Introducing the new CAHME Logo

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

 

Notice something a little different? I am very pleased to share with you the new CAHME logo!

 

CAHME has experienced many changes over the last several years, with new leadership, new programs, updates to our standards, and new scholarships and awards all designed to continually improve upon our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. With all these changes, CAHME’s board felt it was time to devise a new logo that better represents what CAHME is and does. At the same time, we wanted to acknowledge and appreciate our rich history.

 

We think this new logo achieves both these goals. You will notice we integrated the “A+” from our former logo directly into our lettermark.  The subtle plus sign is intended to be a symbol for accomplishment, education, and high-quality leading programs. We modernized the typeface to reflect the dynamic, progressive nature of CAHME. Not only is the logo more visually appealing, but it is more effective on digital platforms and on internet search results.

 

We are grateful to Oxford Communications in Lambertville, NJ, for its creativity in developing this new look, to our stakeholders in responding to a survey which guided the design work,  and to our programs who inspired this logo by setting such high standards in graduate healthcare management education. A special thanks to our board members Cynthia Hahn (ACHE), Christy Lemak (University of Alabama at Birmingham), and Roy Kaiser (Nevada Ballet Theatre) for guiding this process for CAHME.

 

In the coming months you will see the new logo more often as we roll it out on our web site, emails, PowerPoints, publications, and other communications materials. We will also follow up directly with program directors and provide them with versions for inclusion on your own web sites.

 

If you would like to get a new logo file sooner, please contact Eric Brichto at ebrichto@camhe.org.

 

President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Scholarships Seeking Nominations

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce that we are once again offering scholarship opportunities to honor two individuals who embodied integrity, innovation, and service in the healthcare profession. The scholarships are available to students in CAHME-accredited programs.

The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Scholarship is designed to support future women leaders in healthcare, especially those who demonstrate a commitment to serving communities in need. The Scholarship honors the memory of Dawn Gideon, herself a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh. Winners will receive $2,000. The nomination form, along with information about the current scholarship winner is available on our web site.

The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship honors the memory of Tim Campbell, a CAHME-board member who embodied a commitment to service and volunteerism. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student at a CAHME-accredited program who reflects Tim’s values of service and helping others reach their full potential. The nomination form, along with information about this year’s winner is available on our web site.

We are grateful to both the Dawn Gideon Foundation and the friends and family of Tim Campbell whose generosity makes these scholarships possible.

Applications for both scholarships are due to CAHME by November 21, 2018, and will be reviewed by CAHME staff, along with associates of the Dawn Gideon Foundation and friends and family of Tim Campbell. We will announce the scholarship winners in January 2019.

Please contact Eric Hamscher at ehamscher@cahme.org for more information.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Award Program Applications Now Available

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

With gratitude for our corporate partners, CAHME is pleased to announce that application forms for our annual awards are now available on our web site. This year, we have three awards open to CAHME-accredited programs:

The CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development will recognize a program that excels in its commitment to leadership development in the healthcare industry.

The CAHME/Baylor Scott & White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education will recognize a program that excels in incorporating healthcare quality improvement in its curriculum.

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice will recognize a program that substantially integrates concepts of sustainability and social responsibility in healthcare management education.

Each winning program will receive $5,000 in award money to support its efforts in the area of the award. Winners will also be featured in CAHME communications and on our web site, along with a special notification in Modern Healthcare magazine. The winning programs will be announced in January 2019, and awards will be presented during the ACHE 2019 Congress on March 3 in Chicago. One representative from each winning program will receive one night of hotel accommodation and roundtrip coach airfare to and from Chicago.

More information about the award sponsors, application forms and instructions, applications from past winners, and helpful tips on how to apply, are available on our web site. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Please contact me at astanowski@cahme.org for more information.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Awards Program Approaching

With the approach of a new school year for CAHME programs, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the annual CAHME Awards program. Applications for the 2019 awards will be available soon on our web site, but in the meantime, I encourage you to spend some time watching videos highlighting our 2018 winners.

In addition to learning why this year’s winners were chosen, you can also find extensive information about the awards program and prior years’ winners, as well as a special 30-minute video that provides “dos and don’ts” advice for winning an award. The awards program features CAHME programs that excel in areas of leadership education, quality improvement education, and sustainability.  As always, we are grateful to CAHME’s corporate partners: Ascension, Baylor Scott and White, and Canon.

The CAHME Awards program is central to our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare information. Our goal is not only to recognize programs that excel in key areas, but to encourage other programs to learn about best practices and apply them to their own programs. In this way, CAHME awards can encourage continued excellence and innovation across the entire field of graduate healthcare management education.

I encourage you to learn more and to apply for the CAHME Awards when the applications are available in September.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

President & CEO
CAHME

 

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

CAHME Standards Refinement

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At its meeting on June 1, 2018, the CAHME Board of Directors approved refinement of three accreditation standards for CAHME programs. These changes are summarized below, and we encourage any interested program personnel to take part in a special free webinar on July 24, 2018 at 12 noon Eastern Time to learn more.

These refinements will maintain the quality and integrity of CAHME-accreditation while also easing administrative burdens on programs and ensure that CAHME continues to adapt to the changing needs of students and programs.

These changes are effective immediately, and are summarized below:

Requirement E: 120-hours of synchronous education for accreditation has been removed.This change allows programs more flexibility in reaching students with unique needs, such as those in active military duty, those in other time zones or countries, and working students. It also shifts the focus of the standard from requiring a certain number of hours (process) toward development of critical competencies (outcomes). This is consistent with other accreditors. Finally, it allows programs that do not have 120-hours of synchronous learning to at least enter the CAHME review process, to determine how to strengthen their curriculum.  This fits in our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

III C 2:  The Program will regularly evaluate the extent to which each student attains the competencies at the level targeted by the Program, and will have a process in place for communicating that information to students was changed. Programs no longer have to measure student level competency attainment at the course level.This change recognizes the fact that 77 percent of programs in the past six years have not met the standard, while the failure rate of the next highest criteria is just one-third as high. We heard from programs, too, that the data to support this standard is expensive and resource intensive to acquire. We noticed additional difficulties for MBA and MPH programs where faculty are not under control of a single program director.

A.5 The Program will ensure that graduates’ career preparedness is monitored, documented and used for continuous improvement. We have added clarifying language to this standard: “Graduate career tracking can be accomplished in multiple ways, e.g., annual surveys, periodic surveys (at least every three years), comprehensive use of an alumni directory of program graduates, active tracking via LinkedIn, robust alumni engagement in advisory board activity, etc. The primary intent of this criterion is to ensure the Program remains engaged with and actively monitors alumni to ensure graduates meet industry expectations and can secure and retain employment.”

We believe this additional language will eliminate confusion about how programs should try to meet this standard, and will improve inter-rater reliability on program evaluations.

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.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME