GHA created the Georgia Discharge Data System (GDDS) so that hospitals can satisfy mandatory state data reporting requirements. In fact, 100% of acute care hospitals in Georgia submit their discharge data through GDDS. On a monthly basis, hospitals submit their inpatient and outpatient claims data to GHA for the first part of processing. GHA’s data partner, Hospital Industry Data Institute (HIDI), a subsidiary of the Missouri Hospital Association, completes the file with additional data elements such as MS-DRG, Federal Information Processing Standard Publication (FIPS) county codes and calculated ZIP code.
GHA submits completed files on hospitals' behalf to the Georgia Departments of Community Health and Public Health, and the Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission. GHA also utilizes the data for modeling policy proposals and their impact.
Researchers and academics are encouraged to seek GHA data through HCUP.
To submit your monthly data, go to the HIDI Portal. Data is due 45 days after the end of the month.
GHA hosts a monthly strategic planning user group meeting as a resource for hospitals. Past presentations can be accessed here.
For more information, contact Sheriffa Nivose.