Hospital Leadership Training FAQ

FAQ Brochure

What is the format of the GHA and GSU Hospital Leadership Training Program?

The program is designed to meet you and your board members’ training needs. It will have on-demand modules that can be accessed and completed at your convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Standard 1 prerequisite will be offered online monthly.

Face-to-face opportunities will be available at various GHA membership meetings throughout the year, such as the Trustee Conference, Center for Rural Health Quarterly Meetings, Summer Meeting and the Center for Rural Health Annual Meeting.

If you need the program to come to you, that can be arranged for an additional fee.

What, specifically, are we required to learn?

The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (GRHIC) at Mercer University and the State Office of Rural Health developed the Curriculum Standards that total 8 hours of education.

Standard 1 is a two-hour program (Governance, Liability and Accountability) and must be completed prior to moving on to Standards 2 through 8. The first Standard must be delivered live to have the opportunity for Q&A. GHA will host monthly interactive webinars and offer various face-to-face opportunities for this prerequisite.

Standards 2 through 8 are covered through six additional training hours in an on-demand format that learners can access in any order, at their convenience.

  • Standard 2: Responsibility to Regulatory Agencies and Legal Considerations
  • Standard 3: Finances and Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Standard 4: Compliance
  • Standard 5: Ethics
  • Standard 6: Continuum of Care
  • Standard 7: Strategic Planning and Accountability
  • Standard 8: Grants

How will we know that the modules were completed and learned by our Board and Executives?

There will be a pre- and post-test for each training standard. Learners will have up to three opportunities to achieve a passing score. The names of those who have passed a standard will be reported to the GRHIC. Don’t worry; actual grades won’t be submitted!

For online modules, learners will be able to manage their progress toward completion via GSU’s distance-learning system, Folio. A paper test will be used for in-person meetings.

Is my hospital required to complete the training?

All hospitals eligible for the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program are required to complete the training.

HB 769 states that rural hospital organizations as defined in Code Section 31-8-9.1 are required to be trained. Those are identified as:

  • (1) “Critical access hospital” is defined as a hospital that meets the requirements of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be designated as a critical access hospital and that is recognized by the department as a critical access hospital for purposes of Medicaid.
  • (2) “Rural county” is defined as a county having a population of less than 50,000 according to the United States decennial census of 2010 or any future such census;  provided, however, that for counties which contain a military base or installation, the military personnel and their dependents living in such county shall be excluded from the total population of such county for purposes of this definition.
  • (3) “Rural hospital organization” is defined as an acute care hospital licensed by the department pursuant to Article 1 of Chapter 7 of this title that:
    • (A) Provides inpatient hospital services at a facility located in a rural county or is a critical access hospital;
    • (B) Participates in both Medicaid and Medicare and accepts both Medicaid and Medicare patients;
    • (C) Provides health care services to indigent patients;
    • (D) Has at least 10 percent of its annual net revenue categorized as indigent care, charity care, or bad debt;
    • (E) Annually files IRS Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, with the department, or for any hospital not required to file IRS Form 990, the department will provide a form that collects the same information to be submitted to the department on an annual basis;
    • (F) Is operated by a county or municipal authority pursuant to Article 4 of Chapter 7 of this title or is designated as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
    • (G) Is current with all audits and reports required by law.

Who must complete the training?

The chief executive officer, the chief financial officer, every board member, and every hospital authority member must complete all eight education standards.

By when do the standards need to be completed?

Current board members and executives have until Dec. 31, 2020 to be trained. New board members and executives have 12 months from their initial hiring or appointment.

New board members must complete Standard 1 prior to installation. New executives must complete Standard 1 within 60 days of their hire date.

Who will be the trainers?

GSU will utilize experienced professors from its Masters of Public Health and Masters of Healthcare Administration programs to develop and deliver the education.

Is your program approved by the GRHIC?

GHA’s application has been submitted. Our goal is to begin the program on Jan. 1, 2020 and we anticipate no issues with the application. If needed, we will tweak the curriculum or testing requirements, but not the delivery format. We have already discussed that with GRHIC representatives and are excited about all the training options.

What is the cost to participate?

The two-year program will cost $2,500 annually and allows hospitals to educate potentially up to three boards terms (Current board, any changes prior to Dec. 31, 2020 and any changes in 2021 through their term ending in 2022). For hospitals with multiple boards requiring training, the cost will be $2,500 per board per year, up to a maximum total system cost of $10,000.

This cost covers any changes to the Board or executive leadership during the two years of the program. While only the CEO and CFO are required to be trained, any executive deemed by the CEO may complete the training.

What does the fee cover?

The fee covers all required training for all board members and executives. This includes access to all on-demand modules and monthly interactive Standard 1 webinars; required pre- and post-testing; individual learners' accounts within GSU’s distance learning system Folio; and reporting of completion status to GRHIC. (Every quarter, hospitals must also report their current board and executive leadership to GRHIC.)

To attend face-to-face sessions at GHA member meetings, such as the Trustee Conference, each participant must be a representative of a subscribing hospital and registered attendee of the meeting.