Quality and Safety Standards Development

In 2014, David Nash, MD, Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, and representatives from CAHME began discussions around the potential to create an accreditation approach for graduate programs in quality and safety. In 2016, CAHME’s President and CEO, Anthony Stanowski and Dr. Nash resurrected those discussions, which led to a summit in September 2017 of more than 20 attendees at Thomas Jefferson University.

Market conditions in graduate programs in quality and safety accelerated quickly since 2014, leading to a cacophony of certification approaches to define quality and safety. Some “certification” approaches equate simply passing a test with the robust academic coursework offered by graduate programs in healthcare quality and safety. It was felt that this is a disservice to an industry that requires leaders with substantive knowledge and skills in quality improvement and patient safety.

Given CAHME’s mission to “serve the public interest by advancing the quality of healthcare management education”, the CAHME brand will allow for the development of a meaningful set of quality and safety accreditation standards. This requires a careful assessment of program curriculum and the readiness of program directors in these programs to participate in peer and practitioner development of standards of accreditation. The approach mirrors the establishment of CAHME nearly 50 years ago, when CAHME worked with academia and the industry to define the gold standard of healthcare management education.

A task force of academics from graduate programs in quality and safety, representatives from CAHME, with the input of leading associations in quality and safety, and healthcare practitioners worked to develop a set of standards and competencies that would lead toward the eventual accreditation of graduate programs in quality and safety.

In November 2018, the CAHME Board approved the first step, establishing standards for “Certification” of Quality and Safety programs. This interim step of “certification” will sunset when the final accreditation standards are established and programs become eligible for accreditation which is expected in late 2019.

CAHME HQS Certification Standards Handbook

CAHME HQS Certification Application

CAHME HQS Annual Certification Renewal form.

CAHME Fee Schedule

Healthcare Quality and Safety Founding Members
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
George Washington University, Washington DC
Jacksonville University, Florida

Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

Sam Houston State University, Texas
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada* (faculty support only)
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Toronto, Canada