CAHME is vi­able, re­li­able

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Iam re­spond­ing to Mark Lisa’s let­ter (May 7, p. 27) in which he stated: “I fail to see any ex­tra­or­di­nary value of a de­gree from a (CAHME) ac­cred­ited pro­gram.” I agree that a hir­ing decision is made based on many qual­i­ties, in­clud­ing a per­son’s ed­u­ca­tion. Com­ing from a Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion of Health­care Man­age­ment pro­gram, or any other univer­sity pro­gram for that mat­ter, does not guar­an­tee suc­cess.

CAHME is a vol­un­tary process that more than 80 pro­grams have cho­sen to pur­sue. They do it be­cause CAHME ac­cred­i­ta­tion demon­strates that a fac­ulty wants to con­tinue to im­prove. CAHME ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­quires that pro­grams im­ple­ment com­pe­tency-based cur­ric­ula de­vel­oped by academia and lead­ing health­care prac­ti­tion­ers.

This re­quires that stu­dents not only know the con­tent, but are able to ap­ply it post grad­u­a­tion.

CAHME pro­gram fac­ul­ties are ex­pected to im­ple­ment rig­or­ous as­sess­ment meth­ods to en­sure per­for­mance in crit­i­cal ar­eas that Lisa says are of­ten lack­ing: “quan­ti­ta­tive, ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

CAHME re­quires that pro­grams post on their web­site ac­cep­tance rates and grad­u­a­tion rates. This level of trans­parency al­lows prospec­tive stu­dents to make more in­formed de­ci­sions.

CAHME ac­cred­i­ta­tion is rec­og­nized by health­care em­ploy­ers, and thus gives stu­dents from CAHME ac­cred­ited schools a leg up in se­cur­ing com­pet­i­tive fel­low­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. Grad­u­a­tion from a CAHME ac­cred­ited pro­gram is rec­og­nized by many hos­pi­tals and health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions that rec­og­nize the value of CAHME’S ap­proach, and they use it as a cri­te­rion in se­lect­ing fel­lows.

The stu­dents I meet when I visit CAHME pro­grams are bright and en­thu­si­as­tic about their prospects. CAHME has proven over 45 years it is a vi­able, re­li­able tool to help grad­u­ate health­care man­age­ment ed­u­ca­tion be rel­e­vant. Dur­ing the past five years, 35 ma­jor na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions and provider or­ga­ni­za­tions have pro­vided ma­te­rial sup­port to CAHME be­cause they be­lieve CAHME chal­lenges the aca­demic com­mu­nity to ed­u­cate stu­dents who will be called on to meet the needs of our com­plex health­care en­vi­ron­ment.

John S. Lloyd Pres­i­dent and CEO Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion of Health­care Man­age­ment Ed­u­ca­tion

Ar­ling­ton, Va.

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