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

In Praise of Great Teachers

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

What follows are remarks I wrote to mark the retirement for Michael D. Rosko, PhD, a professor of Healthcare Management at Widener University. I had the honor of being one of Mike’s students. I share these comments not only to honor Mike, but to honor all those teachers in CAHME-accredited programs who fulfill so honorably their awesome responsibility of shaping the future leaders of healthcare.

Talking about an icon like Mike Rosko could easily include the number of students he taught, the number of papers he published, or the honors attained.   Mike is an economist, so numbers are important. As a teacher, however, Mike is far more than numbers.

To me, a teacher is someone who pulls out something inside of you that you didn’t even know existed.  Someone who alters your perspective to see things that you didn’t know were there. Someone who makes you not a replica of themselves, but into a better a better version of yourself.

I remember being at Widener sometime in my 20s and thinking about who I considered my favorite teachers.  There was my fourth-grade teacher, Miss Valenti, who made learning fun. There was Father Rodia in high school, teaching a course on Christian morality that helped me understand that actions had consequences not just to others, but to myself. As a college undergrad, Ray Birdwhistle opened my mind to how communication serves not just to convey ideas but also as a form of social interaction.

And then there was Mike Rosko.

Mike’s lessons in economics revealed the true nature of healthcare.  Healthcare is not just supply and demand, elasticity of demand, logarithmic curves, and scenario

Michael D. Rosko, PhD: professor, teacher, friend.

analysis.  Mike made healthcare real and enabled his students to understand the humanity behind the numbers.

Let me give you one example.  Back in the 1980s, Widener’s healthcare management program brought in a computer simulation exercise that allowed us students to made decisions as if we were hospital administrators.  We had to market, attract key populations, set our charges, adjust our costs, and manage our resources as a hospital administrator.  Well, being a pretty “smart” guy, I figured out how my hospital could make a lot of money.  I raised charges, stopped taking Medicaid, decreased staffing costs, and dropped costly service lines.  At the end of the exercise, my hospital made the most money. 

Mike gave me an F. What? I made the most money in the class! I won, right? 

Mike looked at me with gentle disdain. This is healthcare. It’s not just about making money. It’s about caring for people.  Being a just person, Mike allowed me to re-work my project, and I brought my F up to a C+. More important that the grade, I learned the lesson. 

The world needs more teachers like Mike Rosko, someone who reminds future (and current) leaders that healthcare is not all about making money.  It is about our humanity.  It is about morality.  It is about making a difference.

 

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Students at the Center

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

While attending the Ohio State University healthcare case competition last week, I was struck by the intellect, discipline, and energy of the student competitors. And just as remarkable as the competitors: the OSU students who organized the entire event. From conception to organization to execution, the OSU case competition was a testament to the tremendous pool of talent from which our future healthcare leaders are rising. Congratulations to the team from the University of Michigan for their first-place prize in the competition!

The first place finishing team from the University of Michigan, from left: Chanell Cook, Esha Kamath, and Rebecca Cray. The case competition asked students to develop strategies for addressing diabetes in communities around Columbus, Ohio.

I find this rewarding because it confirms the importance of CAHME’s work to make sure students receive a top-notch education in graduate healthcare management. Case competitions at CAHME-accredited programs like OSU are just part of that equation. More recently, CAHME has established two scholarships to recognize and help support students in their pursuit of careers in healthcare management.

The CAHME – Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship honors Dawn Gideon by identifying potential leaders who embody the skills, imagination, commitment, and compassion that Dawn possessed in service to communities in need. Dawn was herself a graduate of the CAHME-accredited University of Pittsburgh program. The other scholarship honors a former CAHME Board member, Tim Campbell. The CAHME – Tim Campbell Scholarship supports students who reflect Tim’s commitment to service and volunteerism. Both scholarships are open only to students from CAHME-accredited programs, and are nominated by their program directors. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 25, 2018.

OSU student organizers of the case competition, from left: (back row) Thomas Baldauf, Lizzy Johnsen, Alaina Stewart, Stefany Mayhew, Amanda Stopek and (front row) Reed Franklin, Sarah Ryan, Jahnna Lydic, Esther Olsen, Sara Butauski.

At CAHME, we like to talk about our mission of advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education. Achieving this mission is a cooperative effort involving academic institutions, healthcare organizations and businesses, and CAHME.  Having resources such as case competitions and scholarships available for students gives me confidence that these future leaders of healthcare will make a difference.

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 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

Case Competitions: Applying Classroom Learning to Real Life Problem Solving

Anthony Stanowski (left) and Ken Hanover.

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s annual Health Administration Case Competition. (At left, I am standing with Ken Hanover, one of the competition judges. Ken has had a long and distinguished career as a healthcare CEO in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts.)

This is the twelfth year the University has sponsored the competition and I’ve had the privilege to observe many of them. The UAB competition is open only to students from CAHME-accredited programs.

Seeing the young people who take part in case competitions always makes me feel optimistic about the future of healthcare. The young people who participate in these competitions bring an energy and zeal that suggests they will approach their future positions in healthcare administration in the same way.

More importantly, the case competitions ask these students to develop solutions to real-world problems. The teams are judged by executives from around the United States in different aspects of healthcare. In the UAB competition, students were asked to develop strategies for a rural Tennessee hospital, Jellico Community Hospital (JCH), faced with need to create a sustainable market position by aligning with community needs.

The winning team from the University of Minnesota, from left: Jake Staley, Andrew Lamprecht, and Katherine Klingel; with Christy Harris Lamak, Chair, Department of Health Services Administration at UAB.

The University of Minnesota MHA Program won the competition, followed by Rush University and Johns Hopkins University. The Minnesota team focused on how JCH can increase operational efficiency and profitability through addressing key opportunities for improvement: Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) and Revenue Cycle Management.  Through focusing on the community, partnership with other providers, and a primary care physician focus was seen as essential to increase care coordination and drive stakeholder benefits. Through their recommendations, the team sought to have JCH adapt and maximizes its value to the community, becoming an asset in an increasingly value-based world.

The CAHME web site maintains a list of the major healthcare management case competitions in which CAHME-accredited

Rush University participants (from left) Katherine Koo, Gwen Ledford, and Ariann Ippensen during the preliminary round of case presentations.

programs take part, and includes winners of 2017 and 2018 (to date), and a schedule of the remaining competitions in 2018.

Congratulations to all the students who participate in the UAB Case Competition;  the hard work they put into the preparation of the case will help them prepare for their goal of serving others through healthcare.  Thanks to the judges who participated who work to preserve a longstanding tradition of our profession in giving back and mentoring younger people.  Finally, a special shout out to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Services Administration for their commitment to advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
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 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.

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