Since September 2021, Sellers Dorsey has been collaborating with various health systems in Georgia, including Emory Healthcare, Phoebe Putney Health System, and Colquitt Regional Medical Center, to address the State’s healthcare workforce shortage, exacerbated by the pandemic, and improve healthcare outcomes and access to care for Georgia’s Medicaid beneficiaries. GA-STRONG is an innovative state-directed payment program (DPP) approved by CMS in December 2022.
Throughout the program’s development and implementation, GA-STRONG has emphasized a collaborative approach to program design. Together, representatives from the State and a workgroup of participating providers collaborated to design a program intended to address the national healthcare workforce crisis.
GA-STRONG is built upon the premise that a healthy, engaged population is dependent on an abundant and diverse healthcare workforce. According to federal standards under the Health Resources and Services Administration, 98% of counties in Georgia are Health Professional Shortage Areas, a designation that identifies areas lacking healthcare access. GA-STRONG provides foundational support to the State’s teaching hospitals with funds that will allow the institutions to develop and build on innovative programs specific to their communities.
GA-STRONG supports eligible teaching hospitals’ efforts to:
The funding made possible through GA-STRONG is expected to enable eligible teaching hospitals to:
As GA-STRONG matures, and more positive impacts emerge, Sellers Dorsey recognizes the potential to implement similar programs in states across the country to support workforce development.
Sellers Dorsey continues to work closely with Emory Healthcare, Phoebe Putney Health System, Colquitt Regional Medical Center, and various GA teaching hospitals to: