Idaho Healthcare Executive Forum - Winter 2011  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Message from the IHEF President
•  IHEF and HFMA Announce Leadership Education Course
•  National News - Winter 2012
•  Attending a Conference? Keep These Etiquette Tips in Mind
•  Your Future Employee in 2030: Are You Ready?
•  Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


National News - Winter 2012

New Terms for Continuing Education Credit
Beginning Jan. 4, the following language will be used to describe the continuing education credits required for ACHE Fellow advancement and recertification. 

  • Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit”—the credit in total that is required for Fellow advancement and recertification
  • ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit”—credit that is earned through ACHE-approved chapter panel discussions and programs offered by the national organization
  • ACHE Qualified Education credit”—credit that is earned through programs offered by ACHE, chapters or other qualified sources, whether the programming is face-to-face or distance offerings (webinars, online seminars, self-study courses, etc.)

ACHE affiliates wishing to advance or recertify may complete the required credits through ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits or a combination of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits and ACHE Qualified Education credits.

For example, for Fellow applications submitted beginning Jan. 1, 2012:

  • 40 hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit earned over the previous five years will be required for advancement to Fellow
  • 12 of the 40 credits must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits
  • 28 of the 40 credits may be ACHE Qualified Education credits

For Fellow recertification applications submitted beginning Jan. 1, 2012:

  • 24 hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit earned over the previous three years will be required for Fellow recertification
  • 12 of the 24 credits must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits
  • 12 of the 24 credits may be ACHE Qualified Education credits

The changes in terminology relate to the Board’s November 2010 decision to revise the requirements for earning the FACHE® credential and for Fellow recertification, which are being phased in over the next two years. The revised requirements are designed, in part, to ensure that those earning or recertifying their credential experience the actual fellowship that is associated with shared, face-to-face learning opportunities.

The new terms for continuing education credit are intended to clearly distinguish the requirements but also to effectively convey the equal value of all types of programming qualifying toward advancement and recertification of the FACHE credential.

It is important to reiterate that based on the approved changes to the credentialing program, beginning Jan. 1, 2012, distance learning—whether offered by ACHE chapters, ACHE or other qualified sources—is documented as ACHE Qualified Education credit.

All unexpired Category I credits will still count toward advancement and recertification as ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit. Note: ACHE self-study courses purchased and completed by Dec. 31, 2011, will receive ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit.

For more information about the new terms for continuing education credit or the changes to advancement and recertification requirements, please visit the Credentialing area of or contact ACHE’s Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400. Customer Service representatives are also available to assist you via Live Chat, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, through the My ACHE area of the website.

Regain Focus at ACHE’S 2012 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Join us in Chicago March 19–22 for ACHE’s 2012 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, the premier education event for healthcare executives.

Congress allows you to make the most of your membership in ACHE and get the best value for your educational dollar. For the 2012 Congress, faculty were asked to incorporate tactical approaches to addressing health reform into their presentations. Don’t miss this prime opportunity to gain the knowledge and insight needed to lead your organization through reform.

Not only does Congress provide you with key opportunities to learn from experts in the field—it helps you connect with other healthcare leaders and advance your career. Join more than 4,500 of your colleagues for an event that offers education on current as well as emerging issues, more than 100 sessions of practical learning from healthcare’s top leaders and career-enhancement workshops.

The 2012 Congress will also feature:

  • Two New Boot Camps!

    ACHE is adding two new boot camps to its lineup for 2012. The Baldrige Boot Camp will guide participants through what it’s like to embark on the journey toward applying for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Healthcare Leader Boot Camp will provide recent graduates of healthcare management programs and individuals transitioning to the field with key insights.
  • The Masters Series

    Returning to Congress and featuring new faculty for 2012, the Masters Series is designed to showcase the approaches and outcomes of some of the healthcare field’s most successful leaders in four critical areas: information technology integration, executive leadership, physician integration and alignment, and quality and process improvement. The Masters Series includes four, 90-minute sessions, each featuring two presenters. Participants will learn from the expertise and real-world experiences of these “masters” of healthcare leadership.
  • Emerging Topics

    Once again, in 2012, ACHE is purposely leaving a handful of seminars open to make room for late-breaking topics. Please refer to for updates about these topics. Leaving these seminars open ensures that ACHE’s 2012 Congress is on the leading edge of changes as they occur.
  • Congress Express

    ACHE also offers Congress Express, an innovative way to experience many of the benefits and features of healthcare’s premier education and networking event at a reduced cost—Wednesday and Thursday only. Congress Express participants still enjoy Hot Topic sessions, a luncheon session and a networking reception while earning up to 12 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. With Congress Express, you can leave home after work on Tuesday, enjoy a full Congress experience on Wednesday and Thursday, and be back in the office on Friday morning.

Step away from the rigors of your daily work routine to do some strategic thinking, obtain new insight and regain focus.

Watch for the complete Congress brochure in the mail or view it online at

ACHE Call for Nominations for the 2013 Slate

ACHE’s 2012–2013 Nominating Committee is calling for applications for service beginning in 2013. All affiliates are encouraged to participate in the nominating process. ACHE Fellows are eligible for any of the Governor and Chairman-Elect vacancies and are eligible for the Nominating Committee vacancies within their district. Open positions on the slate include:
-Nominating Committee Member, District 2 (two-year term ending in 2015)

-Nominating Committee Member, District 3 (two-year term ending in 2015)

-Nominating Committee Member, District 6 (two-year term ending in 2015)

-4 Governors (three-year terms ending in 2016)


Please refer to the following district designations for the open positions:

  • District 2: District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
  • District 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • District 6: Uniformed Services/Veterans Affairs

Candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor should submit an application to serve, a copy of their resume and up to 10 letters of support.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee should only submit a letter of self-nomination and copy of their resume.

Applications to serve and self-nominations can be submitted by U.S. mail and postmarked between Jan. 1 and July 15. Mail applications to serve to: Christopher D. Van Gorder, FACHE, chairman, Nominating Committee, c/o Julie Nolan, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529. Materials also can be sent via email to or faxed to (312) 424-2828 by July 15.

The first meeting of ACHE’s 2012–2013 Nominating Committee will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, during the Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. The committee will be in open session at 2:45 p.m. During the meeting an orientation session will be conducted for potential candidates, giving them the opportunity to ask questions regarding the nominating process. Immediately following the orientation, an open forum will be provided for ACHE affiliates to present and discuss their views of ACHE leadership needs.

Following the July 15 submission deadline, the committee will meet to determine which candidates for Chairman-Elect and Governor will be interviewed in person on Oct. 25, 2012. All candidates will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by Sept. 30, 2012.

To review the Candidate Guidelines, visit the Affiliates Only area of and select the “Candidate Guidelines” link on the left-hand side of the page. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Nolan at (312) 424-9367 or

ACHE Call for Nominations for Regent-at-Large

The ACHE Board of Governors is calling for applications to serve as Regent-at-Large in District 3 beginning in March 2013. ACHE Fellows are eligible for Regent-at-Large vacancies within their district. 

District 3 consists of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The goal of the Board of Governors in appointing Regents-at-Large is for the Council of Regents to mirror the diversity of ACHE Members and Fellows. To that end, the Board seeks applicants who are female or persons of color. The responsibilities of the Regent-at-Large, including suggested knowledge, skills and experience are included in the position description posted in the Affiliates Only area of Appointments will be made by the Board of Governors in November.

Fellows from District 3 may apply to serve by sending a letter (see specifications below) via U.S. mail postmarked between January 1 and July 15 to Thom D. Freyer, FACHE, CAE, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 N. Franklin St., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529. Materials can also be sent via email to or faxed to (312) 424-2836.

Application specifications: Letters of application must include a statement by the candidate that addresses their qualifications for the position, including the characteristics identified by the Board of Governors that are noted above. Candidates may include up to two letters of support for their candidacy.

Healthcare Reform Resource Guide

Created exclusively for ACHE affiliates, the Healthcare Reform Resource Guide is intended to provide the knowledge and insight necessary to lead your organization through the drastically changing healthcare landscape brought on by the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

While not all-inclusive, this online guide will serve as an ever-evolving tool to address healthcare leaders’ concerns, develop your skills and meet the demands of the changing environment as healthcare reform moves forward.

The guide is divided into subtopics such as “Delivering Accountable Care” and “Improving Quality and Patient Centered Care,” and you can click on any area of interest to access specific resources. Visit for details.