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GHA has several initiatives as part of our objective to serve as the leading advocate for all Georgia hospitals and health care systems. Our government relations efforts give hospitals a legislative voice at the state and national level. Each of our initiatives, from the Center for Rural Health to the Emergency Preparedness program to the Partnership for Health and Accountability, ensures that our hospitals have all the resources they need to thrive in their communities. 

AHA Publishes Guide for Consumers on Surprises in Your Medical Bills

The issue of “surprise” medical bills has taken on greater urgency as health plans restrict the number of providers in their networks and the services they cover without their pre-approval, and patients shoulder more of their health care costs. Patients are vulnerable to receiving these bills (also known as “balance” bills) when they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network provider. This may happen when a patient accesses emergency services out-of-network but can also occur when a patient receives emergency or non-emergency care from an out-of-network physician providing services in an in-network hospital.

The AHA believes patients and their families should be protected from the financial burdens of unexpected medical bills. Health insurance and health care billing are complex, and it can be difficult for patients to understand their coverage and obligations. Although insurers are in the best position to help patients understand what is considered in network or out of network, everyone providing health care services has a role to play in helping consumers navigate the complicated health care delivery system.

 That is why we have partnered with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans on a new guide to help patients understand the questions they can ask to help avoid paying more than expected for health care services. Available in both English and Spanish, many of the suggestions in this guide are designed for situations where patients can schedule care in advance. The guide will also help them understand what they can do to lessen the chances of an unexpected balance bill in an emergency.

GHA Creates Opioid Crisis Page

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. However, they are extremely dangerous when used incorrectly. Many Georgians have lost their lives caused by opioid overdose. In Georgia, within the last year, hospital emergency rooms have been inundated patients who have overdosed.

This crisis is constantly a reoccurring subject in the news. GHA is working with hospitals and state and federal agencies to develop strategies on saving lives. Click here to view the latest on the opioid crisis.

Community Benefit Report Available

Communities trust hospitals to provide quality care and education and use them as a resource for health, wellness, prevention and care.

Hospitals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Commitment to community service is a key component in Georgian hospitals' visions and mission statements. They incorporate community benefit principles as they provide programs and services that

  • emphasize disproportionate unmet health-related needs;
  • emphasize primary prevention;
  • build a seamless continuum of care;
  • build community capacity; and
  • emphasize collaborative governance.


Access to Georgia Hospital Compensation and Workforce Report

(Report Available for Participating Hospitals)

As a benefit to your membership in the Georgia Hospital Association, you receive access to a comprehensive compensation and workforce report based on data submitted by Georgia hospitals. This report provides you with helpful compensation and workforce information needed to make strategic decisions for your organization.

The report is made available each summer to participating organizations and includes your organization’s specific results as well as state-wide aggregated results.

The aggregated results provide us with much needed information to support our advocacy efforts in addressing workforce related issues such as the nursing shortage. Without this data, we must rely on less effective anecdotal evidence to move good policies forward.

The GHA Board of Trustees endorses our current survey tool and has asked that we increase member participation in the 2018 Compdata survey program, particularly the “Workforce Data” section.

The survey, which can be accessed at, was emailed to your HR department on Friday, January 26 (copied below for your convenience) and is due Monday, February 26.

If you or your team are interested in learning more about this report, feel free to reach out to GHA’s Rhett Partin at 770-249-4502 or directly to our Compdata vendor representative, Theresa Worman, Executive Vice President at or (800) 300-9570.