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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Announcing the CAHME Scholarship Award Winners for 2020

Along with our partner foundations, we take great pride in recognizing deserving students through CAHME’s scholarship program.

It is my honor to share with you this year’s winners of the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship, the CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship and the CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Avila is the recipient of the 2020 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship.  The $2,000 scholarship is named for Dawn Gideon, a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed.

As a young researcher and public health advocate, Avila’s passion for cancer prevention and volunteerism stems from growing up in New Mexico, where she witnessed, firsthand, the limited access to medical screenings, medical care and research.  Her interest in preventive medicine grew stronger while studying as an undergrad at the University of New Mexico.  Her work surrounding the tumor environment in inflammatory breast cancer, which disproportionately affected African American women, earned her departmental honors as well as the title of a Congressional Scholar for research in the Department of Biochemistry and Biology.

Avila interned at several health clinics as well as the New Mexico Department of Health.  Ultimately she ran a health campaign in Cuzco, Peru, giving imprisoned women access to cervical cancer screenings.

Avila remains focused on finding effective ways to recruit eligible participants for national cancer trials to help attain equal access to first-line therapies.

Monica Avila was nominated by Gretchen Gemeinhardt, PhD, MBA, FACHE of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health.  Avila is pursuing a MPH degree.

 

 

Rodricka Brice-Curry is the recipient of the 2020 CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship.  The $2,000 scholarship honors Tim Campbell, a business leader and CAHME board member, who believed that true success is measured through relationships that help others reach their full potential.

Brice-Curry realized the importance of compassion at a young age when she began helping others through community service.  This inspired her to join the Air Force later in life, where she strongly identifies with “Service before Self,” one of the core values of the branch.

Serving in the Air Force provides her with the opportunity to fulfill her commitment of service beyond her local community by helping people all around the world.  She also serves as a Certified Respiratory Therapist at Langley Air Force Base and was recently named Volunteer of the Year in her Medical Group for accumulating over 300 hours of community service, while working with several community and faith-based organizations.  The happily married mother of one (born on Christmas of 2018) has aligned her professional career goal – to work in hospital administration – with her ambition to become an Air Force-commissioned officer.

Rodricka Brice-Curry was nominated by Tami Swenson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Master of the Public Health Program and Master of the Healthcare Administration Program at Des Moines University.  Brice-Curry is pursuing a MHA degree.

 

 

Kashay Webb is the recipient of the 2020 CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship.  The scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduate student in healthcare management education at a CAHME-accredited program active in health policy.  Judy Baar Topinka served as a legislator, state treasurer for an unprecedented three terms and the Illinois comptroller for one term until her untimely death at the beginning of her second term.  She was noted as an advocate for the health and welfare of the residents of Illinois.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Webb saw how health disparities can keep people from thriving and dedicated her time to improving the health status for underserved, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Webb served as the Special Projects Administrator of St. Mary’s Outreach Center, a local Baltimore organization supporting hundreds of economically vulnerable, older adults.  She also led the deployment of a customized software program, which improved the efficiency of operations and client services at the center.

As the Co-Vice President of Public Policy for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Webb has tailored her coalition relationships and legislative priorities to focus on health policy issues.  She recently championed the passage of a Maryland Hospital Patient Bill of Rights to ensure that all patients receive a list of their 24 legal rights to provide additional protection for vulnerable hospital patients.

Webb interned at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she conducted an institution-wide diversity and inclusion assessment to evaluate the extent to which UMMC meets national cultural and linguistic standards.  Her findings serve as the basis for diversity initiatives in the FY20 strategic plan.

Kashay Webb was nominated by Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Master of Health Administration Program.  Webb is pursing a MHA degree.

These students reflect our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.  I hope you join me as we celebrate the recipients at the CAHME Awards Luncheon on March 22, 2020, at 12 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois, held during ACHE’s Annual Congress.  For tickets to the award ceremony, go to: https://www.cahme.org/

 

 

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President and CEO
CAHME

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

Bio : Melissa Cross


Melissa is responsible for coordinating best practice educational materials for programs to help them achieve accreditation, and to our volunteer site visitors to facilitate inter-rater reliability.

 

Prior to joining CAHME, Melissa was a teacher for nearly 10 years. As a teacher, Melissa immersed herself in addressing the unique individual needs of each of her students on a daily basis and actively communicated with the families of her students to make sure each child was receiving the comprehensive, team-effort attention he or she needed to develop and advance. During her educational career, Melissa assisted in curriculum development, held professional development workshops to aid in improving teaching strategies and instruction, as well as tutored at-risk students. Melissa also served on a number of different committees that helped foster home and school relationships along with increasing student engagement through the use of technology.

 

Melissa has created and distributed digital educational curriculum and support materials through the online resource Teachers Pay Teachers. The goal of this organization is the sharing of best practices among the teaching community.

 

Melissa received both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Masters in Teaching from James Madison University.

Updated CAHME Bootcamp Process Coming in 2020

Over the last several years, the CAHME Bootcamps have proven increasingly popular with experienced programs as well as those just starting their journey to CAHME accreditation. Based on attendee feedback, we are pleased to announce that we have implemented a number of changes to the next Bootcamp scheduled for the ACHE Congress in March 2020.

We are making the Bootcamp a single day interactive event and supplementing it with content-based online learning. The 2020 Boot Camp will have two in-person modules offered on Sunday, March 22, 2020, immediately before the ACHE Congress. Required pre-work for attendees will be available in on-line asynchronous sessions that will focus on content. Here’s the outline:

  • Introduction to CAHME Accreditation, Virtual Learning. Topics will be offered in discrete sessions and will include an introduction to CAHME and competency-based education, criteria overview, criteria that are the most challenging, candidacy process/timeline, and preparing for the site visit. The introduction is designed for attendees without an established knowledge of CAHME/competency assessment.
  • In Person Session 1, March 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm (Basic/Intermediate): Topics include developing/refining statements of mission, vision, and goals/objectives that guide program design and assessment. Designed for attendees with a basic or intermediate understanding of CAHME and competency assessment. 
  • In Person Session 2, March 22, 1:45pm – 5:00pm (Intermediate/Advanced): Topics include implementing teaching and assessment tools aligned with competency-based education. Program management issues will also be covered. Designed for attendees with an intermediate or advanced understanding of CAHME and competency assessment. 

The Introduction to CAHME Accreditation Virtual Learning will be offered online via CAHME’s new Learning Management System. You can sign up for this a session as a stand-alone. If you sign up for either of the face-to-face sessions, you can access the online learning at no additional  cost.  Attendees to the live sessions must complete the online learning session before attending the classes. Registration for the online session allows for groups to participate, but only one computer at one campus may access the content. The username and password is not transferable. Details will be sent to you after registration.

Those who attend either of the face-to-face sessions can attend at no additional cost:

  1. The CAHME Award Ceremony which highlights programs, students, and faculty that have excelled.  This session enables attendees to network with best performing programs.
  2. The Bootcamp breakfast, which will examine best practices around competency assessment.  Partially underwritten by Peregrine Global Services, this breakfast includes a brief presentation on Competency Assessment Best Practices by CAHME staff and Olin Odekoven, PhD, the President of Peregrine Global Services  The white paper on Competency Assessment best practices to be released in 2020 will be provided.

Finally, CAHME is also offering, for the first time and on a limited basis, the ability to bring the Bootcamp to your campus. The cost for an on-campus Bootcamp is $4,000 plus all travel expenses for the facilitator.  These custom Bootcamps are licensed to only one program/school and may not be combined with other programs.  They are a one-day session and will be tailored to the needs of your program.  Only two slots are open on a first-come, first-served basis for January 2020 through August 30, 2020, based on facilitator availability.  Contact Eric Brichto for more information.

Prior Bootcamps have sold out, and we honor registrations on a first-come first-serve basis. I encourage you to sign up today and look forward to seeing you at the Bootcamp next March.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

A Constant Focus on Value

At its most recent meeting, just last Friday at George Washington University, the CAHME Board of Directors considered an important issue that, in one way or another, is a constant focus for CAHME: how can our accreditation processes and services bring value to CAHME-accredited programs? This is a foundational need for our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

The Board reviewed our environmental assessment and examined how our strategies are aligned to keep value in the forefront of everything we do. As just one example, we heard a presentation by George Washington MHA students on the application of Virtual Accreditation at CAHME. The team examined how onsite costs can be lowered by having the record review day occur virtually, dropping one day of travel time and expense. The Board also asked to explore the feasibility of a completely virtual site visit for established programs participating in the CAHME Mentorship Circle and with a history of successful accreditation and a site visit scheduled in 2021. Long term, Virtual Accreditation will be important as we continue to grow our global accreditation footprint and work to lower costs for programs.

Also at its meeting, the Board approved the re-accreditation of programs at the following universities:

  • Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Robbins MBA Healthcare Program, Residential (Waco, TX)
  • Cal State Long Beach Residential and Accelerated MS Program in Health Administration  (Long Beach, CA)
  • Dalhousie MHA Program, Residential (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • George Mason University Residential MHA Program (Fairfax, VA)
  • University of Iowa MHA Executive and Residential programs (Iowa City, IA)
  • University of Miami Executive MBA with Specialization in Health Sector Management and Policy (Coral Gables, FL)
  • San Diego State University Masters of Public Health in Health Management and Policy (San Diego, CA)

I am grateful to the Board for its leadership and vision that supports CAHME’s goal of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

Sincerely,
Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

The Power of Case Competitions

I recently returned from my first visit to Baylor University in Waco, Texas after observing the Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. This event, like other case competitions I’ve attended in the past, reminded me of the unique educational power of these events and their important role in the learning experience of graduate healthcare management students.

Bill Robbins, left, and Anthony Stanowski

The competition is funded by Bill (pictured at left) and MaryJo Robbins, as part of theRobbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor.  The competition is open only to CAHME-accredited programs, or programs that are in the Business Alliance for Healthcare Management (BAHM).  The competition gives students less than 24 hours to prepare an analysis and recommendations based on a case they receive just the day before. It is simply remarkable how professional, insightful, and serious all the presentations are, especially when you consider how quickly the students must prepare.

The winning team was from Trinity University, where, coincidentally, CAHME will hold our next

Members of the winning team from Trinity University include, from left Sabrina Gill, Justin Glenney, and Andi Fernandez, accompanied by Ed Schumacher, PhD, professor of healthcare administration at Trinity University, and chair of its MHA program.

Accreditation Council meeting in the Spring.  Trinity is a long-time CAHME-accredited programs, and the students presented some interesting approaches, including using a “Digital Fence” to do marketing.

Second place team was from the University of Pittsburgh (whose program director, Kevin Broom, PhD, accompanied the team and is CAHME’s faculty for our Boot Camps).  The University of Alabama at Birmingham came in third.

In addition to the witnessing the case presentations, I also got to spend some time with Bill Robbins, who remains vibrant and engaged at 88-years-old. Bill’s generosity helped create the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at the Hankamer School of Business. His optimistic vision for the future of healthcare management is matched by Terry Maness, Dean of the School of Business, Cherise Bridgewater, MBA, FACHE, Director of Accreditation and Operations, andForest Kim, PhD,  the director of the program.

CAHME maintains a list of case competitions winners on our web site. They list the best of the best of those pursuing a future in healthcare management.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Still Accepting Award Nominations

One of the highlights of each year for CAHME is our announcement of our various award and scholarship winners. We are encouraging all CAHME-accredited programs (and CAHME-certified Healthcare Quality and Safety programs) to consider applying for these student scholarships, faculty grants, and award programs. Each year, they help us to recognize some of the best-of-the-best, while also honoring our corporate sponsors and individuals who made lasting impacts on healthcare and the world around them.

This year’s award and grant opportunities include:

  • CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award: $5,000 to a program committed to sustainability in healthcare.
  • CAHME/Wharton Research Data Service Faculty Grant: $1,500 award for the best faculty paper to advance the quality of healthcare management processes through the use of empirical quantitative data
  •  CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship: $2,000 to a female student who has demonstrated a commitment to communities in need.
  • CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship: $2,000 to a student pursuing an internship or fellowship in public policy at a government, foundation, or other public policy organization.
  • CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship: $2,000 for a student who embodies a spirit of service to others and volunteerism.

Applying is easy, and all the necessary forms and information can be found on our web site at CAHME.org/awards. Applications are due by 5:00pm on November 21, 2019. Winners will be honored at next year’s ACHE Congress in March 2020.

I hope all eligible programs will share this information with their students, faculty, and colleagues.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Board Supporting Healthcare Quality and Safety

The CAHME Board provides important oversight and leadership to CAHME and our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education. At its meeting last week, the Board discussed important issues, specifically around our work with masters programs in healthcare quality and safety.   The Board took a number of actions, including:

  • Approving Queens University (Kingston, Ontario) as the fifth healthcare quality and safety (HQS) program to be CAHME-certified and the first in Canada.  Congratulation to Kim Sears, RN, PHD, the Associate Director Health Quality Programs.
  • Approving the renewal applications of the HQS programs at George WashingtonThomas Jefferson UniversityUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Reinforcing CAHME’s working relationship with the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). NAHQ supports workforce development for quality and safety for healthcare quality professionals at the front lines and through partnerships with CAHME designated Quality and Safety programs – soon to be six (6) strategic partnerships! Last month, CAHME presented on Board decisions about Healthcare Quality and Safety at the NAHQ Next 2019 gathering in Phoenix. I want to particularly thank Billy Oglesby, PhD from Thomas Jefferson University as the General Committee Chair; Deirdre McCaughey, PhD from the University of Calgary as the chair of the Certification Review Committee; and Allyson Hall, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, as the Chair of the Accreditation Standards Review Committee for their leadership. Kim Sears (Queens) and Ken Harwood (George Washington) presented case studies showing how CAHME standards are enabling their programs to establish benchmarks and succeed. You can find the presentation on our home page.

I am grateful to our Board for its many contributions to CAHME’s progress and for our Board members’ belief in the importance of improving the quality of healthcare management education.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME Encourages Fellowships as a Valuable Learning Experience

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the MHA program at the University of Scranton, where many of the students were in the beginning stages of applying for administrative fellowships. I was impressed that the students saw the advantage of fellowships: six to 12 months of structured experiential education that allow students to learn directly from senior healthcare executives.  While fellowships vary, high quality ones commonly include project work, rotation through departments, access to executive level discussions such as Board Meetings, and also provide an academic preceptor who oversees the experience.

While not all programs require fellowships for their students, in the 2017 – 2018 academic year 71 percent of all CAHME-accredited programs participated with at least one student applying for a fellowship. Also in 2017 – 2018, 15 percent of graduating students in CAHME-accredited programs chose a the fellowship experience – an increase of about 4 points over the prior year.

CAHME and AUPHA worked with National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) to create a centralized application process for fellowships. Creating a site that brings together healthcare organizations seeking fellows with students seeking fellowships has greatly simplified the application process and helped the fellowship experience for students to flourish in the past several years. We are grateful for the support and leadership of Andy Garman, PhD, president of NCHL.

The ACHE also maintains a section on its website with comprehensive information about fellowships. A majority of fellowships slots require that students come from a CAHME-accredited program.  For programs that do not, many give preference to students from CAHME-accredited programs.

My belief in fellowships comes from my own professional story. At the beginning of my career, as a student at Widener University, I completed an administrative fellowship (then called a residency) with the former Graduate Health System in Philadelphia. That lead to my first post-graduate job with Graduate, where I formed life-long professional friendships that shaped my career and from which I still benefit.

I am a strong supporter of administrative fellowships and see them as a solid foundation on which to build a career.  I would strongly encourage any student who has made the investment to study at a CAHME-accredited program to seek out an administrative fellowship. The benefits can last a lifetime.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME