CAHME Standards Refinement

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

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

First CAHME Mentorship Circle Recipients Announced

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

I am pleased to announce the first set of programs to achieve membership in the CAHME Mentorship Circle. In establishing the CAHME Mentorship Circle designation, the CAHME Board seeks to recognize those programs that—in addition to achieving the high standards of CAHME accreditation themselves—engage in a variety of activities that help to extend CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. CHAME Mentorship Circle status recognizes that these programs provide opportunities to other students and other programs to advance their own experiences and skills—for the good of the entire healthcare field.

Here is the list of our first group of CAHME Mentorship Circle programs:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration
  • Baylor University Healthcare MBA Program
  • University of Central Florida Master of Health Administration
  • Cornell University Sloan Program in Health Administration
  • University of Iowa Master of Healthcare Administration
  • University of Kentucky Master of Health Administration
  • University of Minnesota Master of Healthcare Administration
  • University of Missouri Master of Health Administration
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Master of Healthcare Administration
  • The Ohio State University Master of Health Administration
  • Rush University Master of Sciences in Health Systems Management
  • Saint Louis University Master of Health Administration
  • University of Scranton Master of Health Administration
  • Seton Hall University Master of Healthcare Administration

On our web site you can read what each program is doing to garner this special recognition, along with application forms, information about the application process, and a video explaining the CAHME Mentorship Circle goals and criteria. Going forward, we will consider CAHME Mentorship Circle applications twice each year: September 1 and February 1.

CAHME Mentorship Circle status is an honor and a responsibility. It requires extra effort by programs, but rewards that extra effort by providing these programs with additional recognition that speaks to their dedication to the field of healthcare management education.

My congratulations and thanks to these special programs for achieving CAHME Mentorship Circle status.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Congratulations to Accredited Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

 

The core of CAHME’s mission is the accreditation process. Whether achieving a first-time accreditation, or renewing one, programs undergo a thorough review of their curriculum, administration, faculty, and services for students to ensure that these programs meet objective standards for quality and innovation. The accreditation process is strenuous, and it should be: achieving accreditation sends a message to prospective students and employers that these programs are successfully meeting the many challenges of preparing future leaders in healthcare management.

 

 

CAHME is pleased to recognize the following programs for achieving:

Re-accreditation
Georgetown University
MHSA Program (Executive and Residential)
Washington, DC

Widener University
MBA in Healthcare Management (MBA/HCM)
Chester, PA

Initial Accreditation
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MHA Program
Las Vegas, NV

The George Washington University
Executive MHA Program
Washington, DC

All four programs underwent site visits and documentation review last fall, and their status was approved by the CAHME board at its meeting last week. We are grateful as well for our volunteer professionals who conduct site visits and review accreditation submissions. Their contributions are vital to the accreditation process.

Congratulations to each of these programs. Their achieving and maintaining CAHME-accreditation is one foundation of their commitment to students and to the future of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Benchmarking and Mentorship Encourage Quality Improvement; New Scholarships Announced

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is pleased to announce three new initiatives underway this Spring: The CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC), Enhanced Benchmarking, and, to comply with CHEA standards, the addition of program data available on the CAHME website.

The CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) designation will recognize CAHME accredited programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence not only to their own programs, but across the broader field of graduate healthcare management education. CMC-designated programs will engage in mentorship, best practice dissemination, and other activities that support CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education. The deadline for initial applications is April 16, 2018, and a second application deadline is scheduled for September 1, 2018.

CAHME Enhanced Benchmarking is intended to be a resource for programs pursuing continuous quality improvement. Enhanced Benchmarking includes two distinct aspects: the ability to access and compare limited site visit report information (which includes self-study information), and the ability to access and compare annual report data.  This capability enables CAHME -accredited programs that share their data to review data from other programs that also share their data. Participation in Enhanced Benchmarking is one of the requirements for achieving Mentorship Circle designation.  Programs should sign up to activate this capability offered through the eAccreditation system; training on the tool will be scheduled in late May.

Program data on the CAHME website: To comply with new standards required by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (which provides formal recognition to CAHME as an accrediting body), CAHME’s board asked management to make additional program statistics available on our web site. These will provide potential students with data about applications, enrollment, curriculum, job placement, and other metrics. CAHME will use the annual report data and a summary of the accreditation site visit to populate the report.  Programs have until April 20, 2018 to submit changes to CAHME;  the data will go live on May 4, 2018.

More information, including the content from a recent webinar, is available on the CAHME web site. I encourage you to learn more about these three important initiatives.

I also want to draw your attention to two scholarship programs that honor remarkable leaders in business and healthcare. Nominations are now being accepted for the CAHME – Tim Campbell Scholarship, which supports students who reflect Tim Campbell’s commitment to service and volunteerism. The CAHME – Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship honors Dawn Gideon and her commitment to supporting women in healthcare management. We encourage programs to nominate deserving students for these two scholarships.

President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME at 50: What’s Ahead for our Next Fifty Years?

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education—a remarkable achievement that we’ve attained because of visionary leaders in the past and the dedication of CAHME’s academic, healthcare, and corporate partners who believe in the value of healthcare management education and what it contributes to the health of our nation.

This summer, CAHME will celebrate this milestone with a special 50th anniversary celebration and panel discussion to be held on Tuesday, June 12 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. Our panel discussion will bring together industry leaders and experts to explore the question: What three steps must CAHME, its accredited programs, and the profession take to ensure another 50 years of advancing the quality of healthcare management education?

Our panelists will include:

  • Virginia Calega, MD, vice president for medical management and policy, Independence Blue Cross;
  • Joe Gasque, chief marketing officer, US & Canada, GE Healthcare;
  • Gerald Glandon, PhD, president & CEO of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration;
  • Carla Smith, FHIMSS, executive vice president of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society;
  • Rulon Stacey, PhD, FACHE, managing director of Navigant; and
  • Christine C. Winn, FACHE, senior vice president of the MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Institute

I am also very grateful for the support of:

Because of their generosity, this event is FREE and open to all attendees of the AUPHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and healthcare executives and healthcare management students in the greater Philadelphia region.

Registration is required and space is limited, so I hope you will register today.

Anthony Stanowski
President and CEO
CAHME

CAHME Boot Camp Will Get You in Shape for Accreditation

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

The CAHME Boot Camp is a great opportunity to get the latest on CAHME accreditation standards and details on the accreditation process. It’s considered a “must attend” event for programs at all stages of the accreditation process.

This year’s Boot Camp will focus on new competency-based education standards that were introduced in 2017. We revamped the curriculum to better align with the needs of programs approaching first-time accreditation, programs going for re-accreditation, and those that need a refresher on accreditation standards. The session is highly interactive, focusing on technical instructions and hands-on practice. You will leave knowing more and being better prepared!

Dan Gentry presenting at last year’s CAHME Boot Camp.

I am grateful for our outstanding Boot Camp instructors, Daniel Gentry, PhD, MHA, clinical professor and MHA program director from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Kevin D. Broom, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management, and director the MHA and MHA/MBA programs at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Daniel and Kevin are deeply knowledgeable about accreditation and will help you fully understand the new criteria and how programs can best comply.

The Boot Camp will be held on Sunday, March 25 in Chicago, at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, right before ACHE Congress that begins the next day. A ticket to the Boot Camp includes admission to the special CAHME Awards luncheon, where attendees will learn how five programs have advanced graduate healthcare management education.

I encourage you not to miss the Boot Camp. Registering today will ensure you get your spot.  Space is limited, and only a handful of openings remain.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

 

CAHME Seeking Input on 120-Hour Synchronous Learning for Online Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

As part of the Strategic Plan approved by our Board, CAHME is embarking on an effort to gather input on the 120-hours of Synchronous Learning standard for online programs.

When CAHME revised its current standards two years ago, the Board agreed to evaluate the long-standing 120-hour standard, which, when it was implemented, served as a guidepost to assure that online learning met the high standards necessary to be CAHME-accredited.

The 120-hour metric, however, has been a topic of ongoing discussion among healthcare administrators, academicians, and students. Online educational technologies allow for more sophisticated and improved student experiences. The CAHME Board and Accreditation Council agree that this issue deserves additional consideration to make sure our standards maximize the provision of quality graduate healthcare management education.

To that end, during the ACHE Congress in March, CAHME will hold two focus groups to discuss the 120-hour standard with two key stakeholders: healthcare administrators and graduate students. In addition, in late January, we will send an electronic survey to program directors in the United States and Canada at both CAHME Accredited and non-accredited programs. The input from the focus groups and the survey will inform CAHME board deliberations on whether the 120-hour standard should be retained or amended in some way. I am grateful to the Standards Council, which is overseeing this important work, and to Brad Beauvais (Chair of the Standards Council), Karen Wager (Chair of the Accreditation Council), and Dolores Clement (CAHME Board member) for  their work on the task force.

We are seeking volunteer participants for both the student and practitioner (healthcare administrator) focus groups. If you would like to take part in the focus group (students/practitioners), or know of other healthcare administrators or students attending the ACHE Congress who might like to participate, contact me. The groups are tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, March 25, 2018. I will provide further details to any interested persons.  If you are a program director you will receive a survey;  the focus groups are not open to program directors.  All others may send to me an email with your thoughts.

I appreciate that your input will help to shape an important standard in graduate healthcare management education. Looking forward to your comments on this standard.

President & CEO
CAHME

Georgia on our Mind

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME’s focus on Global Accreditation is building momentum. After approval of this effort at the November CAHME board meeting, we are moving forward to form a Global Advisory Council, to begin recruiting and training Global Fellows, and to have current CAHME-accredited programs partner with international universities to help them achieve accreditation.

Earlier this month a team from CAHME—including myself, immediate past board chair Dan West and Steven Szydlowski from the University of Scranton, and Bernando Ramirez from the University of Central Florida, were invited to visit the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia to discuss the University’s interest in CAHME accreditation.

Georgia and its capital Tblisi are at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Georgia achieved independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and since then has developed a representative democracy and free-market economy.

From left: Dan West, Anthony Stanowski, Mariam Lobjanidze, Bernando Ramirez, and Steven Szydlowski.

We met with the University’s Board Chair Giuli Alasania and President Manana Sanadze.  Their interest in accreditation is related to UG’s mission “to expand boundaries and educate a person, which will support the development of a healthy, human and democratic society through professional activities or scientific achievements based on the hard work and honesty, for the goodwill of the government and humankind in general.”  They see accreditation as a way to help their students graduating with a Masters in Health Care Administration to market their skills globally, and as a means of attracting students from other countries to UG.

The University’s curriculum is impressive, as are its students, faculty, and leadership, many of whom we met when we presented at a conference on promoting international accreditation for healthcare management. Among the key stakeholders: Tamar Lobjanidze, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health; Otar Vasadze from UG’s Masters in Healthcare Administration program; and Mariam Lobjanidze from UG’s undergraduate program. In addition to leaders at UG, we had the chance to meet a member of the Georgian parliament, the president of the country’s hospital association, and the leader of a private insurer. We toured two hospitals and met with both hospital CEOs.

During the conference, GU Board Chair Giuli Alasania (at left) presented Anthony Stanowski with a gift of appreciation for CAHME’s visit.

Our visit to Georgia confirms both the wisdom of CAHME promoting global accreditation, and the growing interest of international universities in pursuing CAHME accreditation. In 2018 we will have more information about this initiative, including how current CAHME-accredited programs can assist international programs (such as through participation in the CAHME Mentorship Circle initiative).

If you know of other international universities interested in global accreditation to which CAHME can reach out, I hope you will let me know.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

 

Early Registration for CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp is Now Available

It’s not too soon to reserve your space for the first CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp of 2018, which will be held in conjunction with the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, on March 25, 2018. Sign up early to enjoy a discount and coordinate with your travel plans for the ACHE Congress.

Kevin Broom, PhD, (standing) leads a discussion at last year’s CAHME Accreditation Boot Camp.

This year’s Boot Camp agenda will focus on how competency-based education aligns with CAHME accreditation criteria. Attending the Boot Camp is the best way for you to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of CAHME accreditation and what it means for your program. This year’s program is revamped, based on attendee input, and will include exclusive web access to pre-Camp materials, and more group work during the Camp.

You will get involved, as instruction is engaging, interactive, and will offer a variety of tools, technical instructions, and hands-on practice. Boot Camp instructors include Daniel Gentry, PhD, MHA, from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health; and Kevin Broom, PhD, Director of MHA and MHA/MBA Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.

Early registration (by December 31, 2017) is $800—a $100 discount off general registration. CAHME Accreditation Boot Camps are popular and space is limited.

Register today to claim your spot.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

President & CEO
CAHME

Key Takeaways from the Annual AUPHA Meeting

A Stanowski key noteThe just-concluded annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Long Beach, CA, brought together leaders in healthcare management education. CAHME staff and board members presented at several sessions.

Our board chair, Dan West, PhD (University of Scranton), outlined CAHME’s year-in-review, while Pat Ketsche, PhD (Georgia State), detailed the 2017 update to CAHME standards. Eric Brichto,  Esq., CAHME’s vice president for Accreditation Operations, gathered feedback on our enhanced benchmarking approach. Pictured, at left, I reviewed the results of my “listening tour” of programs this year, as well as the recent survey of CAHME accredited program directors.

Kevin Broom, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) and Dan Gentry, PhD (University of Iowa) had a full day “boot camp” that not only presented how to get ready for accreditation, but also reviewed the impact of the 2017 accreditation standard update on the accreditation process.

I was especially impressed with CAHME Board Member Dolores Clement, DrPH (Virginia Commonwealth University) who participated in a group panel on how to incorporate the patient experience into the curriculum.

The presentations, speeches, and group discussions at the conference offered a robust environment in which participants engaged in how to prepare students for the major forces shaping healthcare management education today.

Some of the key takeaways:

  • The pace of change rewards nimble leaders. Leaders need to analyze and act quickly in response to an ever-changing healthcare environment.  As educators, many sessions focused on ways that leading programs adapted their curriculum to meet this change.
  • Globalization is here! While nations participate in a global economy, healthcare management education accordingly also has an international perspective. This presents challenges and opportunities to develop global competencies and maximize sharing of best practices. I was excited to connect with representatives of global universities at the conference, and believe that CAHME is prepared to move forward with global accreditation.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone at AUPHA for another successful annual meeting. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference in my hometown of Philadelphia.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME
astanowski@cahme.org

Some photos from the meeting

Global symposiumMichael Counte of St Louis University (standing) led a discussion on global partnerships, including (L to R) Ana Maria Malek (Sao Paulo School of Business Administration , Brazil), Robert Babela (Saint Elizabeth University, Slovakia), Dan West (CAHME Chair and University of Scranton), and Otar Vasadze (University of Georgia, Georgia).

2016_06_CAHME update attendees_editedThe CAHME Update was well attended!

CAHME Bootcamp_2017_06Kevin Broom (at front) and Dan Gentry (not pictured) led the CAHME Boot Camp preparing programs for the accreditation process.