Changes are needed in the accreditation process for university healthcare management programs so that future executives can be better prepared for their responsibilities, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration said.
"If we are going to cross the quality chasm, then we will need to educate future industry leaders with a set of core health management competencies," said Gail Warden, center chairman and former president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
The two organizations began working together in 2002 and released exclusively to Modern Healthcare a report detailing 23 recommendations for educating and training future healthcare leaders. The recommendations included having the accrediting commission adopt methods for assessing student learning in relation to core health management competencies and streamlining the accreditation process, including using advanced technology and best practices from other accreditation bodies.
The recommendations were approved last month by the center's board and are now being reviewed by the accrediting commission.