CAHME to Certify Quality and Safety Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

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.

On the CAHME web site you can view a brief video featuring David Nash, MD, founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, and Stephanie Mercado, president of the National Association of Healthcare Quality, discussing how CAHME’s process for accreditation will come into play in the development of standards for graduate programs in HQS. The video was filmed at the General Session of the NAHQ Annual Meeting in November.

We will have updates on this exciting initiative in the months ahead.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

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 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.

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

CAHME Has Full Agenda at ACHE Congress

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

The annual Congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is the largest gathering of its kind in the nation, bringing together healthcare executives from across the country to share information and insight about the challenges facing our healthcare delivery system.

CAHME is proud to be an important part of this annual gathering. Our history—marking 50 years in 2018—is closely linked with ACHE, which was one of the four organizations that founded CAHME (along with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) the American Public Health Association, and the American Hospital Association). Many of today’s healthcare leaders in ACHE are graduates of CAHME-accredited programs.

We have a full agenda for this year’s Congress, including:

  • Our annual CAHME Awards luncheon, at which we will celebrate CAHME Award winners and our corporate Award sponsors;
  • The CAHME Boot Camp, which will focus on new accreditation standards and our focus on competency-based education;
  • Attendance at the AUPHA Board meeting; and
  • A presentation to the Graduate Programs and Practitioners Workshop.

I am always energized and inspired by attending the ACHE Congress. It is remarkable to be among some of the best and brightest leaders in healthcare who are dedicating their professional lives toward improving the health of communities across America. And I take a large measure of pride in seeing how many of these leaders have honed their skills at CAHME-accredited programs.

I hope to see you there.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & 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 Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Modern Healthcare magazine are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 CAHME Awards.

“CAHME and leading healthcare companies sponsor these awards to recognize and support CAHME-accredited programs that are driving innovation, improving the student experience, and advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education,” said Anthony Stanowski, CAHME’s president and chief executive officer. “The growing number of applications, and their sophistication, suggests that these awards are having the desired effect.”

This year’s Awards generated 23 applications, the highest number ever. A Blue Ribbon panel of experts from academia and healthcare reviewed the applications and chose the winners.

The Awards and winners for 2018 are:

The CAHME/Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development, won by  the University of Memphis Master of Health Administration for its program of leadership training and immersion based on a corporate model, and modified for inter-professional simulation.

The CAHME/Baylor Scott and White Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education won by Rush University’s Master Program in Health Systems Management for embedding quality throughout the Rush curriculum, extensive use of incorporating practitioner faculty in experiential learning, and programs such as having first-year students work on projects in the Process Improvement Department of Rush University Medical Center.

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice won by the University of Scranton Master in Health Administration for focusing on sustainability projects in the context of corporate responsibility and Jesuit pedagogy.  Scranton links sustainability with social justice, public health, and health disparities through alumni engagement, international experiences, and community project work.

The CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education won by two schools, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration for integrating experiential learning in informatics with the UAB health system, and incorporating UAB alumni in knowledge-sharing and professional development; and the University of Missouri Department of Health Management and Informatics for its informatics program that focuses on lifelong leadership development, an integrated dual degree or certificate in health informatics, application of QI/PI methods, integrated Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and peer based learning.

The award winners and corporate sponsors are being recognized with an ad in an upcoming issue of Modern Healthcare and will also be honored at the 2018 CAHME Awards Luncheon, to be held on Sunday, March 25 during the ACHE Congress in Chicago.

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

Dawn Gideon Foundation Supports CAHME Best Practices Education

I want to bring special attention to the Dawn Gideon Foundation and its support for CAHME’s fall webinar series on Competency Attainment. Because of the Foundation’s generosity, we can provide the webinars at no cost.

Dawn Gideon graduated from the CAHME-accredited University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health in the early 1980s and began a career in healthcare leadership that was remarkable in its scope and impact. She joined the Forbes Health System, and within seven years was named its CEO. She was a leader of Forbes’ merger with Allegheny University Hospitals. After leaving Allegheny, Dawn started a private consulting practice, later acquired by Huron Consulting, that focused on helping healthcare systems across the country find creative avenues to success.

The Dawn Gideon Foundation was founded after Dawn’s death from cancer in 2015. The Foundation provides resources to train and empower professionals, especially women, to succeed in healthcare careers and to become role models for compassionate and intelligent leadership. The Foundation focuses on supporting education; forums for discussion and the sharing of ideas; and funding research opportunities on healthcare leadership and management. The Foundation’s long-term goal is to be recognized as a thought leader in the healthcare industry while providing opportunities for the advancement of women.

The Dawn Gideon Foundation and CAHME are both devoted to developing future leaders in healthcare. The Foundation’s support of our webinar series puts that goal into action, and we are deeply grateful.

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

Benefits for CAHME Students and Programs Mark the New Semester

As the new school years gets underway at 98 CAHME-accredited programs in the United States and Canada, I am pleased to announce some new complimentary benefits and the start of a new season for the Awards program. Look for future updates for more details and how to sign up. I want to thank the CAHME corporate members and  sponsors who make these possible.

Complimentary Benefits from AHA Personal Membership Groups: The American Hospital Association (AHA) and CAHME have partnered to provide students from CAHME-accredited programs with complimentary access to networking, emerging news, and resources to support students’ healthcare management education coursework. Students will find that participating in an AHA Professional Membership Group (PMG) provides a competitive edge in advancing their careers. Membership includes access to the coveted AHA Future Scan report that identifies important trends in healthcare.

Complimentary Subscription to Modern Healthcare Magazine and Modern Healthcare Online: Students in CAHME-accredited programs can get a free subscription to  the digital edition of Modern Healthcare, a leading source of information and research about business and policy trends in healthcare.

A Complimentary Fall Webinar Series on How to Succeed with Competency Assessment Criteria in Accreditation will kick off on September 20. The webinar will feature several CAHME programs that are succeeding in monitoring and measuring students attainment of competencies necessary to lead healthcare organizations.  Through site visits, CAHME examined our programs’ performance and found that many programs struggle with how to evaluate students in attainment of competencies, and how to communicate that information to students. Of the 62 programs reviewed using the 2013 Criteria for Accreditation, only 16 programs measured competency attainment completely and successfully. However, several programs created processes for excelling in those areas.  In keeping with CAHME’s mission, four (4) programs that excelled in this area will be featured in a webinar series in the Fall of 2017.  Go to www.cahme.org for more information.

The CAHME Awards Program: Partnering with leading corporations in healthcare, CAHME is pleased to once again offer students the chance to apply for a number of prestigious awards that support students in a range of special areas. You can read more about available awards on the CAHME web site. We are grateful to our partners Cerner, Ascension, Baylor Scott & White, and Canon for their commitment to excellence in healthcare management education.

Look for future updates from CAHME about each of these special benefits and programs and how our programs and students can take advantage. They are an added value for CAHME programs and the students served.

Best wishes for a successful academic year!

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

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.

Students Close Out First Year with Case Competition Wins

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First place finishers from the University of Alabama Birmingham, from left: Carson Ralphs, Tammy Chang, and Josh Arrage.

Congratulations go to the 12 universities with CAHME-accredited programs that participated in the Ohio State University College of Public Health Master of Health Administration 6th Annual Health Administration Case Competition in March.

Students from the University of Alabama Birmingham took 1st place, with students from Virginia Commonwealth University and Baylor University coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Honorable Mention went to students from Boston University, Rush University, and the University of Minnesota.

The OSU competition is limited to first year graduate students in CAHME-accredited programs. This year’s case asked the teams to develop strategies for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) for a health system.

The competition also included the 13th annual Leadership Development Symposium, which featured remarks by Charleta Tavares, a state senator in Ohio and CEO of PrimaryOne Health, a network of federally-qualified health centers. Sen. Tavares spoke on the importance of policy and advocacy in helping underserved populations.

OSU Case Competition Committee
Thanks to the OSU Organizing Committee, from left: Ian Breitz, Nicole Haller, Rachel Rutledge, Alaina Lotozo, Katie Racicot, Christine Sumner, Stefany Mayhew, Amanda Stopek, Lizzy Johnsen.

The OSU event highlights key components of CAHME’s mission by exposing graduate students to industry thought leaders and providing opportunities to apply classroom learning in real-life situations. CAHME acknowledges the commitment of Ohio State University and Julie Robbins, PhD, program director for the OSU MHA Program, for advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

While participation in the case competition is by invitation only, interested schools are encouraged to contact the event’s organizers for more information about 2018.