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
info@cahme.org

Adam Pope
Communications
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
Marketing
CAHME
978-809-9963
info@cahme.org

Barbara Payne
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Studer Community Institute
850-780-0882
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.

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.