Does your program benchmark? Benchmarking provides an external standard against which to measure your program’s own outcomes and can often identify ways to improve performance. As a practice that started in the corporate world in the 1980s, benchmarking is now widely accepted as a powerful management tool across a wide range of industry sectors—including higher education.
CAHME is working to support programs that want to pursue benchmarking. We recently published, with the support of Peregrine Academics, a white paper entitled Benchmarking for Graduate Healthcare Management Education Programs: Perspectives from the Field. The white paper is available for free on our website. It explores current trends in benchmarking and profiles four CAHME-accredited programs using benchmarking to drive performance improvement. I strongly encourage you to read the white paper to learn more.
In addition to this new white paper, CAHME offers “enhanced benchmarking” as a free resource to our accredited programs. Enhanced benchmarking is intended to help programs pursue their goals for continuous quality improvement. Our benchmarking data includes site visit report information (including self-study) and program annual report data.
During the AUPHA annual meeting in June, CAHME will host a Benchmarking Breakfast as part of our Boot Camp. During the breakfast you can learn more about how your program can take part in CAHME’s enhanced benchmarking initiative. Our goal is to have 80 percent of accredited programs signed up for enhanced benchmarking by June 30. You can register and learn more on our web site.
Benchmarking supports CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education. We believe benchmarking can encourage common advancement across the industry. Programs that perform well can contribute to the common advancement of graduate programs overall. CAHME’s goal is to not just make one program better, but to make every program better.
Many of us enter a new year resolving to get into better shape—with varying degrees of success. I am happy to say, however, that you can easily get into better shape in understanding the CAHME accreditation process by attending an upcoming CAHME Boot Camp.
Our next Boot Camp is scheduled for March 2 – 3, 2019, coinciding with the ACHE Congress in Chicago. The sessions will be led by Kevin Broom, PhD, associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh, and Dan Gentry, PhD, MHA, clinical professor and MHA program director at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. We have extended the Early Bird registration discount to January 11, 2019.
Boot Camp is divided into three sessions depending on your needs and where your program is in the accreditation process. Session 1 covers an introduction to CAHME and the basics of competency-based education, and is designed for attendees just getting started with CAHME accreditation. Session 2 offers intermediate level instruction and focuses on teaching and assessment tools. Session 3 is advanced and includes preparing for program self-assessment and a CAHME site visit.
Purchasing a ticket for any session includes entry to the Peregrine Academic Benchmarking Breakfast and the CAHME Awards Lunch, both to be held on March 3.
You can find more details about our upcoming Boot Camp and purchase tickets on our web site. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the CAHME accreditation process and how your program can benefit. It will be one of the best new year’s resolutions you can make.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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 CAHME/Baylor Scott and WhiteAward 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 AmericaAward 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.