CAHME and Wharton Research Data Services Announce Recipient of 2020 Empirical Research Award

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) have named Joshua R Vest, Paul K Halverson, and Nir Menachemi of the Indiana University Richard M Fairbanks School of Public Health and Lisa E Harris and Dawn P Haut of Eskenazi Health as recipients of the 2020 CAHME/WRDS Best Paper for Empirical Research Award.

The award recognizes the authors’ use of data for an innovative analysis of wraparound services to reduce hospitalization and Emergency Department visits, which was published in October 2018 by Health Affairs. A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research.

The article, titled “Indianapolis Provider’s Use Of Wraparound Services Associated With Reduced Hospitalizations And Emergency Department Visits” describes how the authors used data from Eskenazi Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and the Indiana Network for Patient Care to determine whether the provision of wraparound services within a Federally Qualified Health Center was effective in reducing costly health care use. The estimated annual savings from these services on potentially avoided hospitalizations is on average $1.4 to $2.4 million, or about $76 to $131 per person.

In selecting the authors from Indiana University and Eskenazi Health, CAHME President and CEO Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, noted that the panel of judges “were impressed by the importance of the work due to changes in reimbursement policies that hold providers financially accountable. Its publication in such a respected journal suggests it could have broad impact as well.”

“This type of analysis is important for healthcare leaders and policy makers,” said lead author Joshua Vest, who is also a research scientist at Regenstrief Institute. “Under value-based payment, wraparound services could be part of a portfolio of strategies to address patients social, behavioral and environmental needs that drive poor health and increase costs.”

“The CAHME-WRDS Best Paper Award for Empirical Research is an exciting collaboration focused on advancing excellence across the healthcare research sector,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “We look forward to highlighting high-quality, impactful research from the sector.”

The CAHME/WRDS Award includes a grant of $1,500. The authors have donated their winning share back to the Indiana University program to help support educational opportunities for graduate students in the program.  The award program is open to any CAHME-accredited program or faculty from a CAHME-accredited program.

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WRDS provides researchers with one location to access over 350 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Accounting, Banking, Economics, ESG, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Marketing, and Statistics. Flexible data delivery options include a powerful web query method that reduces research time, the WRDS Cloud for executing research and strategy development, and the WRDS client server using PCSAS, Matlab, R and more. Our rigorous data review and validation give users the confidence to tailor research and create a wide range of reliable data models. Powerful Analytics by WRDS – a suite of cutting-edge analytical tools developed by our doctoral-level team enables powerful insight into research and Classroom by WRDS provides a teaching and learning toolkit designed to introduce business concepts in the classroom.

The leading data research platform for 50,000+ commercial, academic, and government users in 35+ countries, WRDS is the global gold standard in data management, innovative tools, analytics, and research services-all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.

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Another Successful Year for CAHME in 2019

We are concluding a demanding but fruitful year for CAHME, in which we have continued to advance the quality of healthcare management education. We owe much of our accomplishments to the continued support of our many stakeholders: our Board of Directors; our staff and support team; program directors throughout the US, Canada, and around the globe; our corporate, scholarship, and healthcare partners; healthcare organizations that employ graduates of CAHME-accredited programs; and the thousands of students who will become the future leaders of healthcare.

Among our highlights for the year:

  • Growing interest in global accreditation, with CAHME working through the accreditation process with programs in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and Georgia.
  • Accredited programs numbering 106, with 24 programs in candidacy, and another 31 in the initial stages of pursuing accreditation.
  • Five programs certified in Healthcare Quality & Safety, and a new corporate partnership with the National Association for Healthcare Quality.  Our number of “founding programs” has expanded to 11 with the University of Pennsylvania joining this past week. We will accept applications for new HQS certifications by February 1.
  • The continuation of our scholarship and award programs. We raised $21,100 from friends of Tim Campbell to support the Tim Campbell Scholarship. The Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship marked its fourth year, while the Judy Baar Tripinka Scholarship is in its second year. We were grateful for the continued support of Canon Solutions America for its continuing support of our Sustainability Award, and for Wharton Research Data Services for its grant that supports empirical research.  The 2020 winning programs, students, and faculty will be announced in January.
  • A growing partnership with Peregrine Academic Services, which produced a Benchmarking white paper in 2019, and will produce a new white paper on Competency Assessment in 2020.
  • CAHME training reached new levels, as our Bootcamps enrolled an all-time high 81 participants. We also will roll out a Learning Management System to work on lowering inter-rater variability among site visitors, and also will help programs get through application and candidacy processes more quickly. A new Training Coordinator will join the CAHME team in 2020.
  • Growth of the CAHME Mentorship Circle to 23 programs, and nearly 90 percent of our accredited programs participating in Enhanced Benchmarking. The Board is aiming for 100 percent participation in Enhanced Benchmarking!
  • The completion of our Getting to 100 video series, featuring industry leaders, including our founder Gary Filerman who remains a staunch vibrant supporter of our mission. We also published our white paper “Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the next 50 years.”

Mostly, though, I am thankful for our Corporate Members who support our mission, and the 250 volunteers each year, in a variety of roles – site visitor, board member, task forces, committees, Standards Council and Accreditation Council.  These volunteers are invaluable to CAHME and its mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

Thank you for another great year, and here’s to a prosperous 2020.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Introduces New Staff

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

CAHME is continually looking to improve its efficiency and effectiveness in fulfilling our mission of improving the quality of healthcare management education. An important part of this effort is to make sure we are appropriately staffed with team members who bring the right set of skills. Our recent move to a “virtual” office model has allowed us to allocate more resources toward staffing. We take a flexible and innovative approach that includes full time, part time, contract staff, and administrative interns.

As we approach the beginning of another academic year, I thought it would be good to introduce some of the new staff with whom programs will interact on a range of CAHME activities and projects.

Adrianne Cancillieri

Adrianne Cancillieri has joined CAHME part-time as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. Adrianne brings a decade of experience with the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, where she specialized in Human Resources. Adrianne will be responsible for coordinating activities for our Board, Councils, Committees, and external audiences. She holds a BS in Psychology from Lebanon Valley College. Prior to joining CAHME formally, Adrianne worked as a contractor for 6 months. 

Jennifer Csernica
Melissa Sanseverino

Melissa Sanseverino has joined CAHME part-time as our Accounting Coordinator, focusing on all aspects of CAHME accounting, billing, payroll, banking, and other important financial activities.  Melissa is a CPA, had served as a Senior Accountant at L’Oreal, a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young, and is a graduate of The College of New Jersey.

Ethan Kannel

Ethan Kannel is CAHME’s administrative resident.  During his time with us this year, Ethan will focus on overseeing the CAHME awards program, grants, and our various scholarship programs. He holds a BA from Cornell University, is currently pursuing his MBA in Health Sector Management at Temple University.  This summer, Ethan is finishing up an internship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

I am excited to be working with this great group of new CAHME staff members. They bring an energy and enthusiasm to their roles which I know will serve CAHME well as we work to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME and Wharton Research Data Services Announce Recipient of First CAHME/WRDS Grant

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) have named Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH; Peter Mallow, PhD; and Michelle Oglesby, MS, of the Xavier University Department of Health Services Administration as recipients of the first CAHME/WRDS Best Paper for Empirical Research Award. The award recognizes the authors’ use of data for an innovative analysis of Emergency Department visits, which was published in January by the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

The article, titled “Characteristics and Trends of Emergency Department Visits in the United States (2010 – 2014)” describes how the authors used national claims data for ED visits to develop a new classification system that more accurately identified what health issues drive patients to hospital Emergency Departments. Among the article’s surprise findings: mental health and substance abuse are the second-most frequent reason for ED usage (trailing only abdominal problems). Under earlier analysis systems, mental health did not appear in the top 20 diagnoses.

In selecting the authors from Xavier University, CAHME President and CEO Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, noted that the panel of judges “were impressed by the relevancy of the research, the novel approach taken, and the robustness of the analysis. Its publication in such a respected journal suggests it could have broad impact as well.”

“This type of analysis is important for healthcare leaders and policy makers,” said lead author Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH. “It provides an invaluable tool to aid in resourcing and staffing the emergency department. For instance, we have seen a decline in mental health and substance abuse beds, but our results show that we should be adding more inpatient psychiatric beds to serve this vulnerable population.”

“The CAHME-WRDS Best Paper Award for Empirical Research is an exciting collaboration between two organizations focused on advancing excellence across the healthcare research sector,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “This is a natural partnership for WRDS, and we look forward to highlighting high-quality, impactful research from the sector.” A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research.

The CAHME/WRDS Award includes a grant of $1,500. The award program is open to any CAHME-accredited program or faculty from a CAHME-accredited program.

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About WRDS: Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) provides the leading business intelligence, data analytics, and research platform to global institutions  ̶  enabling comprehensive thought leadership, historical analysis, and insight into the latest innovations in academic research.

WRDS provides researchers with one location to access over 350 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Accounting, Banking, Economics, ESG, Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Marketing, and Statistics. Flexible data delivery options include a powerful web query method that reduces research time, the WRDS Cloud for executing research and strategy development, and the WRDS client server using PCSAS, Matlab, R and more. Our rigorous data review and validation give users the confidence to tailor research and create a wide range of reliable data models. WRDS unique array of Services offer access to a suite of analytics developed by our doctoral-level research team, tutorials, research support, and Classroom by WRDS— a teaching and learning toolkit designed to introduce business concepts in the classroom. The WRDS Experience is more than just a data platform.

An award-winning data research platform for 50,000+ commercial, academic, and government users in 35+ countries, WRDS is the global gold standard in data management, innovative tools, analytics, and research services  ̶  all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.

About The Wharton School: Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 96,000 graduates.

Webinar Explores Accreditation for Online Programs

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

A CAHME webinar last week explored an area of growing interest and importance, as institutions of higher education pursue innovation through internet-based learning. Based on analysis of IPEDS data for master’s degrees in health management, the HSM Leadership Center at Rush University found that, between 2013 and 2017, distance learning graduates increased by 119 percent, while traditional degree graduates increased by 9 percent. More than one third of all master’s in healthcare management graduates are now from online programs.

This trend surely will continue as universities look to expand opportunities for students and professionals seeking to advance in healthcare administration careers. CAHME began offering accreditation to fully online programs in 2015 and since then has accredited several online programs.

Recognizing that the technology for online learning continues to advance, in May 2018 the CAHME Board removed the requirement for 120 hours of synchronous (live) instructor/student engagement.  After rigorous research involving program directors, students, and practitioners, the Board determined that the achievement of competencies (outcomes) is the critical factor for accreditation. The Board reinforced CAHME’s mission and seeks to ensure that accreditation for online programs is as rigorous as accreditation for traditional residential programs.

Pursuing CAHME Accreditation for an Online Program: Lessons from the Field explored how programs can meet CAHME criteria and standards. Held in cooperation with the AUPHA Online Program Directors Forum, the one-hour webinar featured a panel presentation and Q&A with seasoned program directors of three CAHME accredited online programs.

The panelists included Anne Hewitt, PhD, MHA, Program Director and Associate Professor from Seton Hall University; Dawn Oetjen, PhD, Associate Dean, Administration and Faculty Affairs at University of Central Florida; and Steven Szydlowski, DHA, Professor Graduate Health Administration Program Director from the University of Scranton. Moderators included Forum chair Carla Stebbins, PhD, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Chair-elect Eric Richardson, PhD, of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

If you missed the webinar, you can hear the presentations and see the slides on our web site. We appreciate our colleagues at the AUPHA Online Program Directors Forum for their support in providing this information to CAHME-accredited programs.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Panel Discussion Explores Future of Healthcare Management

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Nearly 200 healthcare leaders, academicians, and graduate students attended the CAHME panel discussion and reception on June 12 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of CAHME’s founding. A 90-minute panel discussion—Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years—featured half a dozen national healthcare leaders in the provider, education, technology, and insurance sectors sharing their views on what lies ahead for healthcare and how CAHME-accredited programs can drive the changes needed to ensure future leaders in healthcare have the skills to meet healthcare needs of the future.

I am deeply grateful to our panelists:

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

Each shared unique insights with the audience, touching on themes such as the impact of artificial intelligence on medical diagnosis and treatment, the importance of leaders being self-aware, innovation in payment models, and the monumental changes in demographics (such as aging populations and greater urbanization) both in the United States and around the world. I was especially pleased to hear a common thread among the panelists, as articulated by Navigant’s Rulon Stacey: accreditation matters, now and in the future.

With the support of St. Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice Department of Health Management and Policy, CAHME will produce a white paper summarizing the panelists’ comments. And GE Healthcare sponsored a short video from the event and a longer, in-depth look at the competencies needed for future leaders. Look for both items later this summer. In the meantime, my thanks to those who attended, our many sponsors, and our colleagues at the AUPHA who allowed CAHME to coordinate our 50th anniversary celebration with its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Attendees of Getting to 100: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for the Next 50 Years

CAHME Standards Refinement

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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

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

Improving Program Ranking Methodologies

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

Ranking and rating systems for colleges and hospitals are now widely accepted by the public as one indicator of quality, and this is true for graduate healthcare management programs as well. Every few years, US News & World Report(USN&WR) produces a highly anticipated report on what it deems The Best Health Care Management Programs. USN&WR recognizes the importance of accreditation, and limits the list to only CAHME-Accredited programs.

Recognizing the importance that both graduate healthcare management programs–and their prospective students–place on these sorts of rankings, CAHME is interested in ways of enhancing ranking methodologies to improve their consistency and reliability in recognizing program quality. This is consistent with our mission of making information easily available to interested constituencies.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with leaders of the USN&WR team that oversees its ranking projects. USN&WR intends to release its next ranking of graduate healthcare management programs in early 2019, based upon data gathered in 2018. The USN&WR team is committed to constant improvement of their ranking methodologies, and we plan to meet again in January 2018 as they consider the next iteration of their report.

I want to acknowledge the support of Accreditation Council member Dr. Bill Tuttle, Vice President of Planning at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, who briefed me on the intricacies of the ranking system.  Bill has just completed his dissertation on the USN&WR ranking system. Bill and I talked about how USN&WR could incorporate more quantitative data into the ranking process to improve the accuracy and usefulness of the report, such as the data that CAHME-accredited programs provide in their annual reports.

I am very interested to hear suggestions from CAHME stakeholders that we could share with USN&WR. CAHME is considering forming an advisory committee on this topic, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact me.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

Why Healthcare Administration is Important

Anthony Stanowski

Gerald L. Glandon, PhD

In a recent NY Times op-ed, Sandeep Jauhar uses the internecine struggles of a small California hospital to suggest that our health system would be improved if more physicians held executive leadership positions at our nation’s hospitals. (Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care?). Certainly, doctors and nurses should control providing medical services to patients.  These professionals have years of training and experience in making these important decisions.

However, the skills needed to provide administrative leadership for hospitals are significantly different from those needed to provide clinical care. Modern hospital leadership requires excellence in understanding community needs, human resources, accounting, finance, economics, logistics, and government regulation. Without skilled administrators who have mastered these and other elements, physicians would not be able to focus on patients.

This distinction between clinical and administrative leadership is not new. Florence Nightingale implemented administrative processes, financial management, medical records systems, and architectural standards for hospitals beginning in 1854.  Today, most hospitals in the US are not-for-profit institutions, led by the combined expertise of their medical staffs, administrators, and boards of community leaders.  For all the challenges and changes in healthcare over the last 150 years, this model has proven very successful.

Dr. Jauhar might have focused on the many physicians who pursue advanced education in healthcare and business administration. These physicians often do bring a unique and powerful perspective toward the business of healthcare. But suggesting that our health system would be improved if only more doctors were in charge is simply not supported by the facts, and it disparages the many dedicated and talented healthcare administrators who are as committed as any physician to the health of patients and communities.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE 
President and CEO
CAHME

Gerald L. Glandon, PhD
President and CEO
Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration