Georgia's Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) recognizes patient safety as its top priority and describes the elements that support a culture of safety in health care organizations. Among these are a pervasive commitment to patient safety, open communication, a blame-free environment, and the importance of safety design in preventing future errors. Acknowledging that success in creating a culture of safety requires the commitment of both organizational leadership and front line health care workers, PHA stresses the critical role of physicians and employees in the process. PHA brings the health care field together with agencies and individuals to ensure quality and safety in healthy communities. PHA assists in strengthening collaboration between providers, community members, and other stakeholders by providing education and data-driven tools to facilitate improvement.
The PHA Quality and Patient Safety Awards recognize health care organizations for their achievements in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcome.
Communities trust hospitals to provide quality care and education and use them as a resource for health, wellness, prevention and care.
Hospital Quality Improvement
The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) aims to improve access to preventive and emergency health care services for rural populations. Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) is an initiative within the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and funded to state to support quality improvement (QI) work withing small rural hospitals.
Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) works with regional, state, national and hospital system level to sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction in the Medicare program, helping to identify solutions already working and disseminate them to other hospitals and providers.
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) provides funding to more than 1,600 participating hospitals in 47 participating State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) to help small rural hospitals participate in various Affordable Care Act (ACA) delivery system reforms, such as value-based purchasing programs, accountable care organizations and payment bundling.
Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is to establish a systematic approach to all aspects of team training- assessment and readiness, planning, training and implementation, coaching and sustainment of teamwork behaviors.
GHA Quality and Patient Safety Webinars
2018 Infection Preventionist Resource Book (Login Required)
Physician Quality Improvement
Compass Practice Transformation Network (Compass PTN) is one of 29 Practice Transformation Network (PTN) funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide hands-on quality improvement support and peer-based learning networks to clinicians for the purpose of developing the skills and tools needed to improve care delivery and prepare for successful performance in the value-based health care environment. Compass PTN is administrating Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) in Georgia that helps physicians and clinicians transition form volume to value-based care. The TCPI model assists clinicians in improving the way they deliver care.
GHA and Draffin & Tucker Working Together on Quality-Based Reimbursement