CAHME Accredited Programs Excel in Case Competitions (11/9/2020)

COVID-19 brought challenges requiring finding solutions to complex issues. Leading programs have taken this opportunity to prepare future health leaders with the necessary skills to innovate. For example, case competitions offer a unique “real world” educational experience for students to apply their classroom skills, to collaborate, and to engage with industry executives.

This past week, Anthony Stanowski, CAHME President & CEO, attended the Penn State Case Competition and the Seton Hall/HPMSNJ Case Competition, and was impressed with the creativity and approaches of participating student teams. The commitment of the faculty that prepared the teams is noteworthy.

The CAHME website tracks major case competitions. CAHME-Accredited programs finished first in 100% of the top 20 case competitions in academic year 2019-20, including at competitions at schools/organizations that that are not CAHME-Accredited. Tellingly, teams from CAHME-Accredited programs came in first, second, or third 90% of the time. This is not surprising! CAHME-Accredited programs excel because programs that are CAHME-Accredited seek to ensure the quality of education available to students and are in continuous peer-review based process to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

This academic year, many competitions moved to virtual events, and some postponed. Seton Hall’s Anne Hewitt, PhD, Program Director and Professor; Nalin Johri, PhD, Assistant Professor; and executives from RWJ Barnabas, The Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New Jersey, Cranford Park Rehabilitation, PRISM Vision Group and Veralon Consulting participate in an exclusive session that discusses the organization of the case competition, and how practitioners play a key role in the competition. The Seton Hall team will also explain how they made the transition to virtual. This CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) session is called: “Case Competitions 101: Your Guide to Hosting a Virtual Case Competition”. IT is available to all at no cost on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST. Register here.

“Each year, I have the privilege of observing case competitions. It is impossible to not be impressed at the quality of the presenters; each one makes me feel optimistic about the future of healthcare leadership to preserve the health of our communities”, said Anthony Stanowski, CAHME President & CEO.

For more information on Case Competitions, go to www.cahme.org/casecompetition.

How to Host a Virtual Healthcare Case Competition in the Era of COVID-19 (10/26/2020)

On October 1, 2020, the CAHME Board welcomed the MHA program at University of the Incarnate Word’s H-E-B School of Business and Administration as a member of the CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC).

The CAHME Board created the CMC designation to further CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education. CMC programs demonstrate a commitment to excellence not only to their own programs, but across the broader field of healthcare management education. CMC designation is an honor and a responsibility.

The CMC webinar series features CMC programs that share best practices. Seton Hall University will host the next CMC session: “Case Competitions 101: Your Guide to Hosting a Virtual Case Competition” on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST. The session includes business strategies, sponsorships, partnerships with local associations, advisory board input, and moving the case competition to a virtual environment. You will hear from Seton Hall’s Anne Hewitt, PhD, Acting Chair and Professor; Nalin Johri, PhD, Acting Program Director and Assistant Professor; and executives from Hackensack Meridian Health,  RWJ BarnabasThe Healthcare Planning and Marketing Society of New JerseyCranford Park RehabilitationPRISM Vision Group, St Joseph’s Health, Ocean County Public Health Department, and Veralon Consulting as to how practitioners played a key role in the competition. Register to attend the session here at no cost.

The Department of Health Policy & Management at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, was featured in the CMC’s  session released on October 23, entitled “The Consulting Practice: Bridging Theory and Practice”. The session focuses on HPM’s Consulting Practice course which provides students with a professional consulting experience working directly with senior client representatives on a current strategic, policy, marketing, or operational challenge. CAHME’s subscription-base Core Learning Center is hosting an add-on special live Q&A with Marni Selman, J.D., Director of the MHA and Executive Programs and Adjunct Lecturer; David Rosenthal, PhD, Associate Professor and Faculty Director; John S. Winkleman, Director of the Consulting Practice and Lecturer; and Karen Garrett, MBA, Associate Director of the Health System Simulation and Adjunct Lecturer. This exclusive live Q&A event is available to CLC subscribers on January 8, 2021 at 10:30 AM ET.

Previous CMC webinar recordings are available at cahme.org/CMC. Exclusive bonus content, including Columbia University’s live Q&A, requires a CLC subscription. For more information, contact Melissa Cross, Education Coordinator, at mcross@cahme.org.

Expert Advice On Preparing For Accreditation – NOW On The CLC (10/12/2020)

More than 100 individuals attended the first LIVE session of our new CAHME Playbook Series on our Core Learning Center (CLC). The session titled: “The Art of Communicating Before the Site Visit” features former CAHME Accreditation Chairs, Dan West, PhD (University of Scranton), Karen Wager, DBA (Medical University of South Carolina), and Bill Tuttle, DSc (Baptist College of Health Sciences and Retired Vice President Baptist Memorial Healthcare). CAHME’s VP for Accreditation Operations and Counsel Eric Brichto, JD, led a lively discussion of best practices in how site visitors communicate with programs, and how program directors can prepare in the time leading up to the site visit. Topics included tone setting, red flags, and transitions to a virtual site visit.

The full session is available on CAHME’s subscription-based Core Learning Center. We are providing a free preview excerpt of Karen Wager, DBA, discussing how to initiate communication with the site visit team after receiving the site visitor team assignment

The next live session in the Playbook Series takes place on November 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST. The session will focus on how healthcare executives play an essential role for programs to meet three of CAHME’s standards: (1) “The Program will involve students, alumni, and practitioners in appropriate areas of Program decision-making and evaluation,” (2) “The Program will monitor changes in the health sector, the University environment, and management theory and practice and adjust its mission, goals, objectives and competency model as necessary,” and (3) their role in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusiveness in the learning environment. Session panelists will include leading practitioners:

  • Denise Brooks-Williams, MHA, SVP & CEO, North Market Henry Ford Health System;
  • Mario Garner, MHA, President, CHI St. Luke’s Vintage Hospital.
  • Mark Herzog, MHSA, Executive in Residence, University of Michigan, and President, Herzog Advisory Group;
  • David Rubenstein, MHA, Clinical Associate Professor – Health Administration, Texas State University; and
  • Rulon Stacey, PhD, Director of Graduate Program in Health Administration, University of Colorado, and Partner, Guidehouse.

Playbook sessions are designed to offer expert-led insight and discussion. The live events allow time for attendees to engage in a Q&A with the panelists. The Playbook Series library is exclusive only to CLC subscribers.

CAHME’s Playbook Series, Accreditation Basics, Expert Perspectives and other bonus materials require a CLC subscription. To enroll, visit www.cahme.org/CLC. For more information, contact Melissa Cross, Education Coordinator, at  mcross@cahme.org

CAHME Provides The Information Students Need To Help Decide Their Future (9/28/2020)

Last week, Anthony Stanowski, CAHME President and CEO, had a conversation with a community hospital executive who was searching for a master’s degree in healthcare management.

With more than twenty-five years of experience and a current director level position, she needed a graduate program that offered flexibility but ensured that she would have a quality education to advance to vice president. Anthony shared with her CAHME’s advanced search tool.

CAHME’s Search Tool provided her with a comprehensive review of programs that met her requirements of location, an executive program, reasonable tuition, and placement data of graduates.  She liked the hybrid model of education.  Being able to see the earnings of graduates 3 months post graduation also was of significant interest as she was planning her career.  Immediately, she was able to narrow down the programs that met her needs.  The conversation concluded with her sharing that she would contact the program directors listed on CAHME’s website to begin next steps.

She came to Anthony because she recognized that selecting a CAHME-accredited program, which is based on the high standards and criteria defined by leading academics and practitioners, is recognized by employers as a guidepost for graduates who are better prepared to lead.

Employers understand the importance of hiring from CAHME accredited programs. Just this past month, Anthony also spoke with a search firm who was looking for only CAHME graduates to fulfill their open positions.

CAHME’s annual survey of accredited programs revealed that recent graduates from CAHME accredited programs are employed across the healthcare industry. While 42% of graduates are employed in hospitals/health systems, other graduates have found roles in consulting, insurance, physician practices, veterans health administrations, life sciences, government agencies, and long-term care facilities. It is evident that CAHME graduates are prepared to work in fields across the spectrum of healthcare. (NOTE: Programs directors should start to collect data in preparation for the survey coming in October.)

 

CAHME is proud that CAHME-accredited programs better enable students to meet the changing demands of healthcare management. CAMHE’s mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management helps to make sure students and employers can be successful.

Back To School With CAHME’s Core Learning Center (9/14/2020)

CAHME provides educational vehicles and best practices to help programs succeed in the accreditation process. Our commitment is no less in these circumstances.

CAHME recently developed the Core Learning Center (CLC), our innovative VIRTUAL platform that enables users access to a library of essential CAHME content and resources to attain or maintain 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 materials based on their availability.

The CLC hosts 15 (and growing) education sessions that cover CAHME accreditation, site visitor requirements, and Expert Practices. The Expert Perspective content is designed to offer insight from designated CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) programs, who share best practices in areas such as competency assessment, diversity, and informatics.

CLC subscribers have access to exclusive bonus materials, including our NEW Playbook Series. The first CLC Playbook session will be on September 25, 2020 at 11:30 am ET. Former CAHME Board Chair and Accreditation Council Chair Dr. Dan West, and former CAHME Accreditation Council Chair Dr. Karen Wager will discuss best practices in how site visitors communicate with programs

Since July 1, nearly 100 subscribers are accessing the CLC. One comprehensive fee enables programs to provide up to five users from the same university access to the system for one year. Subscribers receive awards certificates, recognizing the completion of key areas.

Nancy Levitt-Rosenthal, MPH, FACHE, Practitioner University of New Haven, shared, “the CLC significantly enhanced my understanding of CAHME criteria related to competencies.” Roberto Torres, PhD, Director of the University of Puerto Rico described how “the big advantage of the online format to (him) was that (he) was able to save travel time and cost, while still getting a complete understanding of the CAHME criteria and standards.”

To enroll visit www.cahme.org/CLC. For more information, contact Melissa Cross, Education Coordinator, a mcross@cahme.org.

CAHME Accepting Nominations For 2021 CAHME Awards (8/31/2020)

The sixth annual CAHME awards are NOW open to all CAHME-accredited programs and Certified Healthcare Quality and Safety programs. We are grateful to our partners for their support of CAHME’s mission to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

The CAHME/Canon Solutions America for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education recognizes programs that incorporate the ideals of sustainability and social responsibility in healthcare management education and practice. Programs need to demonstrate how they use cultural competency, community involvement, environmental focus, sustainability in curriculum, student experiential opportunities and alumni involvement. The winning program receives a $5,000 award.

The CAHME/Tim Campbell Scholarship is in memory of Tim Campbell, a CAHME board member who personified a commitment to service and volunteerism. The scholarship is targeted to supporting student leaders who selflessly act to help others in the process of advancing the quality of healthcare. The winning student will receive $3,000.

The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship honors Dawn Gideon, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. The scholarship is targeted to supporting women pursuing advanced education in healthcare management and who have demonstrated a commitment to communities in need. The winning student will receive $2,500.

The CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka Foundation Scholarship for Health Policy is named in memory Judy Baar Topinka, who dedicated herself to a lifetime of public service to the people of the State of Illinois. This year, the award recognizes a student who served the community around COVID-19. The winning student will receive $2,000.

The CAHME/Pristine Home Care Student Essay Contest encourages students to address barriers to healthcare in the current environment with a focus on home care. Students have the opportunity to select from two thought provoking prompts. The winning student will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and the runner-up will receive $500.

Winners will be announced in coordination with ACHE at their annual Congress on March 21, 2021, and will be featured in Modern Healthcare magazine (our exclusive media partner) in a full page placement. The deadline for applications is November 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. Send completed applications to Dana Alexander, CAHME Administrative Resident, at dalexander@cahme.org.

CAMHE Mentorship Circle (CMC): How To Become A Recognized CMC Program (8/17/2020)

On August 21, 2020 at noon EDT, the CAHME Mentorship Circle (CMC) Webinar Series features “Rush Case Study: Preparing Graduates to Lead Using the NCHL Competency Model”. Andrew Garman, PhD, Rush University Professor and Casey Brackett, Rush Administrative Fellowships Director, provide an introduction to the National Center for Healthcare Leadership competency model. Register here.

The CMC program was created by the CAHME Board to further CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education. CMC designation recognizes CAHME-accredited programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence not only to their own programs, but across the broader field of healthcare management education. CMC designation is an honor and responsibility.

CMC programs provide mentorship to other programs, and perform a significant activity. Activities have included “best practice” case studies, involvement in international program accreditation, senior faculty mentoring junior faculty at other programs, and holding student case competitions. Programs propose the activity to the CMC committee for review. You can review existing CMC programs and their activities at www.cahme.org/CMC. CMC eligibility is limited to CAMHE-accredited programs who received a seven-year re-accreditation on their site visit.

CMC programs are noted on CAHME’s new advanced search tool and receive a distinct CMC logo for their webiste.

Applications are due September 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm EDT to be considered in the fall. Send completed applications to Dana Alexander, CAHME Administrative Resident, at dalexander@cahme.org.

Allyson Hall, PhD to join Board of Directors (8/14/2020)

Spring House, PA, August 14, 2020— The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education(CAHME) is pleased to announce that University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, Allyson Hall, MBA, MHS, PhD, joined the CAHME Board of Directors on July 1, 2020.

Hall is director of the UAB Graduate Programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety in the School of Health Professions. Her research focuses on improving access to high-quality health care among vulnerable populations including low income individuals and people living with a disability or chronic health condition. Her current research activities also includes reducing care fragmentation and the use of health care technology to improve quality of care. She has a long-standing interest in Medicaid.

In addition to the CAHME board, Hall serves as an associate editor for the Journal for Healthcare Quality. She earned her PhD in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Florida.

Hall has played a significant role in the creation of the Healthcare Quality and Safety Accreditation process at CAHME. Her leadership and commitment to improving the educational process of master’s programs will have a long-term impact on programs globally.

“Our board and management team are looking forward to working with Allyson to impact the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said Dolores Clement, DrPh, FACHE, CAHME’s Board Chair and Sentara Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University.  “She is a passionate educator, who has a track record of enabling students to meet their full potential and become leaders in healthcare.”

“Today’s student faces more changing demands and uncertainty than any generation before, so this is a great opportunity and a tremendous responsibility that I look forward to addressing with the entire CAHME leadership team,” said Hall. “It is an honor to join such a renowned group of health care leaders and a privilege to continue CAHME’s legacy as the benchmark for health care management education.”

“Allyson has participated with CAHME as a site visitor, on our Accreditation Council, as the chair of the Candidacy Committee, and in the Healthcare Quality and Safety Council”, said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of CAHME. “Allyson’s long term and breadth of knowledge, will impact CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.”

To view the complete list of CAHME Board Members, go to www.cahme.org/leadership.

About CAHME

For more than 50 years, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has served the public interest by advancing the quality of healthcare management education globally.  CAHME works with more than 100 leading academic programs and numerous healthcare practitioners to ensure that graduates entering the healthcare field have undergone an educational process meeting rigorous, measurable standards for effectiveness. The result is a formal academic education focusing on key competencies, plus practical experiences.  This enables new graduates to quickly add value to an organization and grow into future leaders.  CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. For more information, visit cahme.org.

About UAB

Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a part of the University of Alabama system, is the state of Alabama’s largest employer and an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center; its professional schools and specialty patient-care programs are consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50. For more information, visit www.uab.edu or www.uab.edu/shp.

Media Contacts

Michael Slusarz
Marketing
CAHME
978-809-9963
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Adam Pope
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
205-410-1353
arpope@uab.edu

Quint Studer to Join CAHME Board of Directors (8/14/2020)

Spring House, PA, August 14, 2020 — The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) is pleased to announced that Pensacola businessman, author, owner of minor league baseball’s Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and philanthropist, Quint Studer, joined the CAHME Board of Directors on August 10, 2020.

A teacher at heart, Quint Studer began his leadership journey working with special needs children. Entering the health-care industry in 1984 as a Community Relations Representative, he went on to hold senior leadership positions at Mercy Health System in Wisconsin and Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where their initiatives in patient care led to them winning Hospitals Magazine’s Great Comeback award. In 1996, he became president of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, leading that organization to be ranked in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide in patient and employee satisfaction.

In 2000, after numerous requests by organizations for assistance, Studer Group was formed. Over the years the outcomes firm won multiple awards, including the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. By the time the firm was sold in 2015, it had 250 employees and helped more than a thousand healthcare organizations move toward higher performance.

Through his work at Studer Group, he served as a role model for hundreds of CEOs and other administrative leaders around the country. In 2014, Studer created Studer Community Institute to build vibrant communities, with a focus on Pensacola, Florida.

“Our board and management team are looking forward to working with Quint to impact the next generation of healthcare leaders,” said Dolores Clement, DrPh, FACHE, CAHME’s Board Chair and Sentara Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University. “His passion for education is surpassed only by his commitment to healthy communities and quality improvement.”

“Throughout my career, my focus has been on alignment of an organization’s strengths within the imperative of the environment. At this time in history, it is most important that we develop leaders that can improve the quality of care in our society, particularly for individuals with complex health and social needs,” said Studer. “I’m looking forward to working with the leaders on the CAHME Board and the management team to continue its important work in producing executives that will lead in this important profession.”

“I was honored to work with Quint more than a decade ago in an organization where his principles not only improved processes, but saved patient lives”, said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of CAHME. “Quint’s lasting contribution is integrating patient care to the concept of customer service. Bringing Quint Studer to the CAHME Board brings an added dimension to CAHME’s mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.”

To view the complete list of CAHME Board Members, go to www.cahme.org/leadership.

About CAHME
For more than 50 years, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has served the public interest by advancing the quality of healthcare management education globally. CAHME works with more than 100 leading academic programs and numerous healthcare practitioners to ensure that graduates entering the healthcare field have undergone an educational process meeting rigorous, measurable standards for effectiveness. The result is a formal academic education focusing on key competencies, plus practical experiences. This enables new graduates to quickly add value to an organization and grow into future leaders. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. For more information, visit cahme.org.

About Quint Studer and the Studer Community Institute
After a 30+ year career in healthcare, Quint Studer founded Studer Community Institute (SCI) to improve the quality of life for people in the community – one child, one person at a time. The Pensacola, Florida, based SCI does this by helping children be prepared for kindergarten; creating educated and engaged citizens; and creating jobs by helping leaders develop the skills needed for business success. These together are key elements of building a vibrant and engaged community.

SCI’s vision of “Making our community the greatest place to live in the world” may be a bit far-fetched, but year after year, little by little, SCI keeps seeing the results of investing in our community. Working with civic leaders, business owners and citizens, SCI works toward building a community people are proud to call home.

For more information, visit www.studeri.org.

 

Media Contacts

Michael Slusarz
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Barbara Payne
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bpayne@quintstuder.com

Competency Assessment: Best Practices From Leading Programs (7/20/2020)

The most challenging CAHME standard is Competency Assessment. From 2013 through 2019, 83% of programs received “partially not met” or “not met” when assessing student competencies. Competency assessment is essential to ensure that graduates are well prepared when entering an increasingly complex environment that requires a broad set of skills.  To help programs meet this standard, CAHME offers the following support materials:

 

  1. CAHME’s white paper “Competency Assessment for Graduate Healthcare Programs: Perspectives from the Field” provides best practices in competency assessment from leading programs.
  2. A companion recorded webinar features perspectives from four programs that excel in competency assessment. The webinar features Cherise Bridgwater, MBA, FACHE of Baylor University; Mark Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE of Johns Hopkins University; Donita Brown, DBA, MBA of Lipscomb University; and Rob Haley, PhD, from the University of North Florida.
    Peregrine Global Services underwrote the white paper and webinar. Dr. Olin Oedekoven, President & CEO of Peregrine Global Services, provides his viewpoint based on his work across academic disciplines. You can access the webinar here.
  3. On August 21, 2020, at noon (EDT), the CAHME Mentorship Circle Webinar Series will feature Andrew Garman, PhD., Rush University Professor, and Casey Brackett, Rush Administrative Fellowships Director.  Titled “Rush Case Study: Preparing Graduates to Lead Using the NCHL Competency Model”,  the speakers will describe how the National Center for Healthcare Leadership Competency Model is used to prepare graduate students post graduation, particularly for administrative fellowships.  To register and learn more about the CMC Webinar Series go to cahme.org/CMC.
  4. These webinars, and others, are available for a limited time to all at no cost on our website.  They will be migrated to the subscription-based CAHME Core Learning Center which will feature all educational content in one place.

 

At CAHME, our goal is to help prepare programs to be accredited, so that we meet our mission of advancing the quality of healthcare management education.  We hope that the materials available will enable programs to succeed in their accreditation journey.