Partnership for Health & Accountability

2019 PHA Quality and Patient Safety Award Application Now Available

The purpose of the PHA Quality and Patient Safety Award is to recognize health care organizations for their achievements in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

Click here for the award application.

Please be sure to read the application packet in its entirety for submission instructions!

Opioid Symposium August 13

Augusta University will partner with the Compass Practice Transformation Network to host the “Working Together to Combat the Opioid Epidemic” meeting on Monday, Aug. 13 at 7 a.m. and noon.

The event will be held in the Augusta University Lansing B. Lee Sr. Auditoria Center,

Breakout sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. when attendees can sign up for the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) or submit questions to subject matter experts.

Featured speakers:

  • Patrice Harris, MD, MA, president-elect of the American Medical Association
  • Sheila Pierce, MPA, CLSSGB, director of the Georgia Department of Public Health Opioid Program Coordinator and PDMP

Registration is not required and there is no charge to attend this event.

GHA and Draffin & Tucker Work Together on Quality-Based Reimbursement


The PHA Quality and Patient Safety Awards recognize health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. Contact Kathy McGowan for more information on when this year's nomination process will open.

2019 Annual PHA Quality and Patient Safety Award Application

Congratulations to our 2018 Patient Safety Award Winners

Past Winners: 2017, 2015-16, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003


2018 Infection Preventionist Resource Book (Login Required)

FLEX (The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program)

The FLEX program aims to improve access to preventive and emergency health care services for rural populations.

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP)

The MBQIP is an initiative within the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility grant program funded through the Health Resouces and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and funded to states to support quality improvement (QI) work within small rural hospitals.

Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

HIIN works at the regional, state, national or hospital system level to sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction in the Medicare program, help identify solutions already working and disseminate them to other hospitals and providers.

Adverse Drug Events


Infection Prevention Measures

Pressure Ulcers


Worker's Safety

* Active Shooter Planning and Response

* Exposure to Stress - Occupational Hazards in Hospitals

* Culture of Safety - Change Package

* Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Workers

* Preventing Violence in Healthcare - Gap Analysis

* Quick Safety - Bullying has no place in health care

* Workers Safety: Workplace Violence

* Workers Safety Fact Sheet

* Violence Incident Report Form

* Kaiser Permanente Emergency Management Log

* Children's Hospital Colorado High Risk Occurrence and Response Events


Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)

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.

2017-2018 SHIP Grant Project Distribution List

Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS)

The purpose of 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. These tools and techniques, originally developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DoD) will promote positive change that will position you and your hospital for success.

GHA TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers

Tyra Brown, MPH

Lynne Hall, RN, BSN

Cleo N. Harris, MHA

Kathy McGowan, MPH

Mary Pizzino, CPHQ

Joyce Reid, RN, MS

Tracy Rutland, MBA,MHA

Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN)

GHAREF Continues Partnership with Medical Association of Georgia to Recruit Physicians for TCPI

Enroll in the Compass Practice Transformation Network

Compass Practice Transformation FAQs

Call Rhett Partin at (770) 249-4502 with any questions.

Providing Clinicians and Physicians with the Support and Tools to Thrive in Value-Based Care

The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is actively recruiting Georgia physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners (clinicians) to join the Compass Practice Transformation Network (Compass PTN), which is part of the national initiative Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) and aims to help physicians and clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation in primary and specialty care practice settings. The Compass PTN, established by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, supports physicians and clinicians across six states in Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

GHA quality advisors will work with physicians and clinicians to achieve the five phases of transformation to prepare for the 2019 alternative payment models while improving and sustaining quality care practices.

Benefits include:

• Improved health outcomes for patients;
• Improved care coordination through connectivity;
• Better engaged patients and families in their care;
• Improved patient, clinician and staff satisfaction; and
• Reduced overall cost of care

Additional questions can be answered by Compass PTN Leads Joyce Reid



PHA Webinars

June 28, 2018
Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (ANE) of At-Risk Adults: Hiding in Plain Sight
Guest Speaker: Pat King, RN, Manager, Forensic Special Initiatives Unit, Division of Aging Services, Georgia Department of Human Services