CAHME Core Learning Center Launches (7/6/2020)

Released on July 1, 2020, the CAHME Core Learning Center (CLC) is an innovative online subscription platform that enables users to access a library of essential CAHME content and resources to help them prepare for accreditation.

The CLC transforms CAHME’s well-regarded “Boot Camp” into a completely online experience – eliminating travel expenses, expanding access to content, and providing participants with the ability to review the materials based on their availability.  The content includes CAHME accreditation education sessions, site visitor modules, and Expert Practices area.  We integrated the CMC Webinar series into the service, and are planning additional exclusive synchronous virtual events, as well as other bonus materials.

The content is structured to improve program leader’s understanding of CAHME criteria, and includes industry-defining standards, best practices from leading programs, and descriptions of the accreditation process. The goal is to improve program quality and help programs be better prepared to meet CAHME’s standards.

One comprehensive fee enables programs to provide up to five users access to the system (users must be from the same university) for one year. Also, for a limited time, anyone subscribing now receives July and August free, with the subscription continuing through August 31, 2021.

CAHME Core Learning Center aligns with our core values of transparency and excellence. By expanding access to accreditation materials, we meet our mission of  advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

A detailed overview and enrollment information is available on www.cahme.org. For more information, contact Melissa Cross, Education Coordinator, at mcross@cahme.org.

Webinar from NAHQ Focuses on Quality & Safety Content for Use in Graduate Healthcare Education Curriculum (6/24/2020)

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has contributed their expertise and resources to help develop CAHME’s  Accreditation for Healthcare Quality and Safety initiative.  NAHQ believes a coordinated, quality-competent healthcare workforce begins in the classroom!  The CAHME Board is very appreciative of NAHQ’s support as a CAHME Corporate Member.

On June 24, 2020, NAHQ is offering a webinar that will review how NAHQ’s twice-validated Healthcare Quality Competency Framework can be leveraged in graduate healthcare management education curriculum around quality and safety.

After more than 40 years of leading the conversation around healthcare quality with organizations across the continuum of care, NAHQ now offers academic institutions the opportunity to hardwire various elements of NAHQ content for use in graduate healthcare management education curriculum.

Several universities have already begun to implement this within their nursing, health administration, quality/safety and related program areas. This content can serve to differentiate institutions amid a crowded, competitive university landscape, and it can also show strong alignment to emerging industry standards. Over 12,000 healthcare quality professionals have earned their CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality®) through NAHQ, and NAHQ serves around 8,000 healthcare quality professional members today.

The webinar will be held June 24 at 2 pm CT and you can register here. You may forward this invitation to other colleagues within your institution or across your professional network.

Learn more about NAHQ at nahq.org/academics, and CAHME’s partnership with healthcare organizations through our Corporate Members.

CAHME Announces Accreditation Decisions, including Two New Programs Designated As Certified 06/02/2020

CAHME encourages health administration programs to pursue accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to a quality education. Achieving CAHME Accreditation is the culmination of significant effort on the part of healthcare management programs and demonstrates that programs meet our criteria and high standards as established by leading academics and practitioners.

After a thorough and careful deliberation, the Board voted at its May 15, 2020 Board Meeting to accredit the following programs (initial accreditation is for three years):

  • Advent Health, Department of Healthcare Administration, MHA Program
  • Grand Valley State, College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA) MHA Program
  • Robert Morris University, School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies, MHA Program
  • University of Phoenix, College of Health Professions, School of Health Services Administration, MHA Program
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Joseph J Zilber School of Public Health, MHA Program.

The Board re-accredited five programs (all of these programs were re-accredited for the maximum seven years):

  • Clarkson University, David D Reh School of Business, MBA Program
  • Georgia Southern University, Don and Cindy Waters College of Health Professions, MHA Program
  • Texas A&M University, School of Public Health, MHA Program
  • Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School, MHA Program
  • University of Memphis, School of Public Health, MHA Program.

The Board recognized the following programs as receiving the Healthcare Quality and Safety Certification (programs are required to be certified annually):

  • Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, MS/MSN in Quality, Safety and Risk Management
  • Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership.

No matter where these programs take place—whether on campus or in virtual settings we’re all becoming accustomed to—we are proud of the quality of these programs and their commitment to our mission. In total, 114 programs meet CAHME’s accreditation standards, and 7 programs are certified in healthcare quality and safety.

On behalf of the CAHME Board of Directors, congratulations to these institutions and their leadership for meeting our high standards, and for joining with all CAHME programs to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

Successful Strategies To Promote Diversity And Inclusion In The Admissions Process 05/08/2020

The CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) program was established by the Board to further CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education. Being a CMC program is not just an honor, it is a responsibility. So far, 23 programs have answered the call to advance our profession.

The CMC Webinar Series is designed to showcase best practices by graciously and freely sharing them with the profession. Through this, CMC programs have translational impact on health management, by creating accessible, generalizable and peer recognized approaches to improving quality.

 

On Monday, May 11, 2020, at noon (EDT), Julie Carmalt, PhD, Associate Director and Senior Lecturer at the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell University, will review Cornell’s process to promote diversity in the student body. Julie will focus on how networks, connections, databases, and scholarship funding are integrated in the process.

The graph examines data from CAHME’s 2018-19 Annual Report and published sources. The diversity within CAHME-Accredited programs (on the whole) compares favorably to both the US population and to students in all US graduate and doctorate programs. While CAHME Accredited program faculty is 77% White or Caucasian, faculty can play a major role as allies and champions to create a diverse perspective in programs. Cornell’s presentation will describe the important role of faculty in this transformation.

Cornell’s process serves to accelerate our industry’s ability to increase diverse leadership in healthcare management by ensuring that graduates access high quality healthcare management education to provide core competencies that best enable them to succeed.

The session is free to attend, but registration is required. You can also register for the July 1, 2020 session featuring the University of Missouri on Integrating Informatics into Health Management Programs. A recording will be made available following the session and will be on our website with the first CMC session from St Louis University on the SLU Competency Model.

CMC Webinar Series Debuts With An Update On The SLU Competency Model 03/09/2020

I’m excited to announce the debut of the CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) webinar series on April 16, 2020 at 12 noon (EDT). The inaugural event (Episode 1) will feature a discussion led by Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice. Hosted by Rhonda BeLue, PhD, Department Chair of the Health Management and Policy Department, and Kimberly Enard, PhD, Assistant Professor, the webinar will discuss the Saint Louis University Competency Model.

The SLU competency model lists six domains: Leadership, Communication, Management, Political and Community Development, Science and Analysis, and Critical Thinking. The model was recently updated, streamlined and refined based on an external stakeholder review to ensure relevance in today’s healthcare environment.

The planned CMC Webinar Episodes schedule (more information to follow on subsequent episodes):

Episode Date Time Program Topic
1 04/16/2020 Noon (EDT) Saint Louis University Updates to the SLU Competency Model
2 05/11/2020 Noon (EDT) Cornell University Encouraging diversity in the admissions process.
3 07/01/2020 Noon (EDT) University of Missouri Integration of informatics into the health management curriculum

Register for any of these webinars, or to access the subsequent recording, at CAHME.org/CMC

The case study of how SLU refined its long-standing competency model to maintain high standards of excellence and relevance is a proud testament of CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education. CMC is enabling accredited programs to serve the industry by sharing best practices, mentoring programs through the accreditation process, and advancing the quality of healthcare management education. To date, 23 programs have met CMC criteria; stay tuned as we feature them in upcoming webinars produced by CAHME’s Education Coordinator, Melissa Cross (mcross@cahme.org).

Leadership in Healthcare Is More Important Than Ever 4/27/2020

Today the world is facing a public health crisis not seen in our lifetime, and health care professionals across the globe are rising to the challenge.  Physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff are on the front lines of patient care, while healthcare executives are leading efforts to craft a system to meet a growing demand.

While the role of health care administration in impacting public health has long been recognized, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of competency-based education.  This 2018 video attached describes why health care management is an inspiring field of study (video provided courtesy of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration).





I encourage you to pass this along to students, and young professionals wanting to make a difference and grow in their field.  Remind them why preparing for a healthcare leadership role is the way to lead a purposeful, meaningful life. It’s hard work, but worthwhile in the service to others.

Those well-prepared for healthcare management, including fields such as healthcare quality and safety, are the go-to people in today’s world.  The leaders who convert acute care beds to ICU beds, who determine how to reallocate resources, who manifest teamwork, and who ensure that scientific-based information is shared with the public, are the behind-the-scenes heroes ensuring the health of the community.

Young professionals who want to make a difference can find that attending classes at CAHME Accredited Programs and CAHME Certified Programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety is a great start.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAHME Stakeholders Respond To COVID-19 04/13/2020

COVID-19 has impacted healthcare and higher education significantly, creating a lot of stress on students, educators, and families.  Through it all, though, we see people rising to the occasion.

Dolores Clement, DrPh, FACHE, Sentara Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University and incoming CAHME Board Chair, noted this during the CAHME Accreditation Council on April 3.  She reflected on how educators, as well as key stakeholders, provided the necessary skill sets for those managing our healthcare system through the COVID-19 crisis.  Dolores noted, “The leaders in this crisis, the people who are managing the care of the population in need, are those educated in our programs.  Thank you for your commitment to higher education, and to preparing healthcare leaders to address the impact of COVID-19.”

Over the past few weeks faculty, students, and alumni from CAHME-Accredited programs have stepped up to make a difference:

  • Across almost all of our programs, faculty have embraced and implemented on-line learning to meet curriculum requirements for students.
  • St. Louis University Health Management and Policy Chair Rhonda BeLue, PhD, when faced with students who had their residency or internships cancelled, answered the call from the Missouri Department of Health who needed graduate students to assist them in addressing the crisis.  This opportunity will allow students to apply their skills and help communities in need.
  • George Washington University students Ali Marmal, Samuel Meyers, and Kelly Cronic pivoted their capstone project done for CAHME to adjust for COVID-19’s impact.
  • Texas A&M University MHA Program Director Murray Côté, PhD, has been tasked by state, county, and university officials to have their program understand the impact of COVID-19 on the community over time. In addition,  infectious disease modeling will now be featured prominently in courses such as operations management.
  • CAHME’s first virtual site visit was conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center by Charlotte Smith Barrett, MBA, FACHE, (AVP, University of Miami Health System), Mike Meacham, JD (MUSC), Mike Mileski, DC MPH (Texas State), and Cynthia Hahn, MPH, FACHE, (SVP, ACHE, and CAHME Board Chair).  The site visit team carefully documented their experience to guide future virtual visit teams and to create real-time adjustments in the approach to virtual site visits.
  • Graduates of CAHME-Accredited programs are leading in this crisis.  They established testing facilities, adapted to challenging logistics, and engaged with policy leaders to get things done.
  • CAHME’s team balanced service to accredited programs with their children being home and the safety of their families. Our administrative intern, Ethan Kannel even had to change wedding plans to a small civil ceremony in March.  (Congratulations, Ethan!)

It is times like these that test our mettle, define heroism, shape organizations, and change our world.  CAHME programs, stakeholders, and staff serve to advance the quality of healthcare management education, and create the foundation to provide for the health of our communities.

Wishing you health during these times.
Anthony

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAHME Adjusts to the Coronavirus, March 18, 2020

As a global community, we are facing a truly unprecedented and fast changing environment related to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The far reaching impact on daily life continues to be felt by students in CAHME Accredited programs, faculty, universities and healthcare professionals across the globe. Your response as educators and practitioners is admirable, and reflects the belief that we all have a responsibility to each other.

The CAHME Executive Committee, acting under emergency powers as the Board, took the following actions on Friday, March 13, 2020:

  1.  Virtual Site Visits. A virtual site visit policy was approved. Programs to be visited in the Spring and Fall will be contacted. The policy will sunset in one year, when it will be evaluated. We are rolling out education to programs with upcoming site visits and to our volunteer site visitors.
  2. Online Education. Universities moved their residential programs to online to allow students to complete their courses this semester. CAHME reviewed guidelines from the US Department of Education and from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In consultation with our legal counsel, we developed a “Fast Track” form. This enables residential programs to add an online modality to their accreditation status and serve the requirement of notifying CAHME of a program change. This Fast Track form and directions has been sent to residential programs; about 20% of programs have sent it back on day 1. CAHME is waiving modality initiation fees and the FY 2020 annual fee.
  3. Boot Camps. While we cancelled the “live” boot camp at ACHE Congress and stopped planning for the boot camp in Salt Lake City during AUPHA, we recognize that programs still need education to meet accreditation standards. With our chief faculty adviser, Kevin Broom, PhD (University of Pittsburgh), we created an on-line boot camp for those registered for the ACHE Boot Camp; it will also be open to others. The boot camp will run for six one-hour sessions, from April 10 through May 1, 2020. The online boot camp includes access to materials post session over a set period of time. More information will be coming soon, including how to sign up.
  4. Awards. We issued refunds for all attendees who purchased tickets to the CAHME Awards Ceremony.
  5. Competency Assessment Best Practices. CAHME authored a white paper and prepared a presentation featuring best practices on competency assessment. While initially offered as a breakfast session during ACHE, a webinar will be scheduled. The session will highlight the best practices of several CAHME Accredited programs. We thank Peregrine Global Services for their support. The corresponding white paper is now available.
  6. Governance. The April 2-3, 2020 Accreditation Council and May 14-15, 2020 Board Meeting will be held virtually.
    We are confident that these actions will provide for the safety of our site visitors, volunteers, employees, and program teams, as well as to continue to meet our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.

Be safe.

Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE
President & CEO
CAHME

CAHME/Canon Solutions American Award 2020 01/27/2020

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award is inspired by Canon Solutions America’s contributions to a sustainable society. It serves to incorporate the ideals of sustainability in future healthcare leaders. The award recognizes the significant influence of education on creating sustainable, inclusive and socially responsible healthcare organizations. For this fourth year of the award, the Blue Ribbon Panel designated two organizations to receive the award — the University of Missouri Department of Health Management and Informatics and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program in the Department of Health Management and Informatics (HMI) at the University of Missouri School of Medicine integrates quality graduate healthcare management education with innovations in sustainability and social responsibility.  The university has signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, with a goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus. It has engaged in sustainable construction with 5 LEED Platinum and 6 LEED Gold buildings. Since 2008, it has grown its campus renewable energy use from 1% to 42%.

Sustainability is supported by curriculum development and alumni participation.  The University’s Sustainability Office works to ingrain sustainability principles of social equality, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity while integrating campus operations, academics and research. Collaboration among students, faculty and staff provides support, resources, leadership and education to address sustainability issues both on and off campus. The practices of this office have earned the University a Gold Rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Missouri plans to use its grant to support additional curriculum development, collaborative projects, and guest speakers for the purpose of enhancing student experiences and competencies related to sustainability.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Health Policy and Management houses the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Gillings’ commitment to sustainability ideals and social responsibility is reflected in its orientation, competency model, curriculum, alumni engagement and experiential learning opportunities. In fact, a comment from a student orientation feedback survey fueled a turning point for the program:

“My biggest suggestion is to cut down on waste a bit – although there was recycling, MOST people had water bottles and could have gone without the many, many plastic bottles. …the plates were Styrofoam and many of the flatware items were plastic-wrapped. This is not a criticism, but rather an opportunity for the health policy department to recognize the role that being eco-friendly can have in promoting community health and well-being.”

The program then created and implemented sustainability goals for future orientations. Goals included the reduction of plastic bottles at all HPM events, the consideration of the environmental impact in all event planning activities, and the promotion of a culture of environmentally sustainable practices. The end result was a significantly reduced amount of waste at HPM events.

Gillings plans to use its grant to further support integrating sustainability into its program through guest speakers, sustainability events, and curriculum development around sustainability.

Award Winners will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon held at ACHE Congress on March 22, 2020 at 12 p.m. in Chicago, IL. Register for the luncheon here.  Modern Healthcare’s January 27, 2020 edition also featured the award winners.  Congratulations to these award winning programs that are advancing the quality of healthcare management education!