The Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration, which accredits academic programs in health administration, has changed its name and plans to make fundamental changes in the way programs are evaluated and accredited. The group, now known as the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, or CAHME, said it will "reorient" its efforts to provide equal input for three key stakeholders: employers who hire graduates, the academic community and national associations of healthcare professionals. Those stakeholders will be equal partners in a "transformation" aimed at ensuring that the "accreditation processes and standards are in sync with the dynamics of the field," said Robert Hernandez, chairman of CAHME's board and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Among the group's key goals are enhancing connections with essential components of the healthcare field, including practitioners, payers and suppliers; strengthening governance; and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the accreditation process. -- by Michael Romano
Accreditor changes name, overhauls program
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