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.
CAHME is now accepting applications for the CAHME Aramark Innovation Grants, which support experiences for students at CAHME-accredited programs in universities that are also served by Aramark. As last year, a blue-ribbon panel of judges will select four winning programs to receive grants of up to $4,000 each.
Grants will be awarded for initiatives that support participation of healthcare management students in research, case studies, seminars, and other related activities that help to develop innovative thinking to address issues in healthcare. Among previous winners were grants that encouraged student participation in case study competitions, developed students’ interview skills, and expanded professional leadership training for students.
The deadline for applications is January 11, 2019. You can find the application form, complete instructions, and a list of last year’s winners on our web site. We are very grateful to Aramark for its generosity and for sharing the goal of CAHME and CAHME-accredited programs in developing future leaders in healthcare.
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 intergenerational workforce;
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.
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.
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 Ascension, Baylor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.