To accomplish the THA mission, the Association is organized around six key pillars:
Advocacy is one of THA’s most valued services. The Association serves as a watchdog on emerging state and federal issues and policies that are of interest to or may affect its diverse membership. THA also serves as the united voice of hospitals and health systems on these issues in the political arena. THA creates legislative proposals requested by the membership or determined to be important by staff to support or improve operations and reimbursement.
Quality and Patient Safety
Identifying and helping hospitals address quality and patient safety issues is a critical component of the Association’s work to support hospitals in the delivery of safe, quality patient care. This work, which focuses on the goal of “zero preventable harm,” supports hospitals’ efforts to reduce and eliminate hospital-acquired conditions and infections. The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety leads this work for the Association.
Neutral Healthcare Forum
As a neutral healthcare forum, THA is able to provide an opportunity for members to “check their guns at the door” and have reasonable discussions about issues that could divide the hospital industry in Tennessee. THA also builds coalitions and creates opportunities for dialogue on controversial issues with others involved in healthcare financing and delivery.
Information and Technology
THA Information Services collects both hospital claims data and admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) real-time data for THA members. THA also serves as a resource for other data that are collected on the Joint Annual Report of Hospitals (JAR), population data and data about other healthcare providers.
Products and Services
Products and services is a diverse, vital pillar. It covers all of the various dues-based and fee-based services offered by THA to its members. This includes areas such as reimbursement, performance improvement, small and rural hospital support, workforce development and THA Center for Innovative Solutions.
The THA Education Department identifies expert speakers and offers programs to keep hospital executives, managers and board members, as well as clinical and non-clinical staff, knowledgeable about the quickly changing aspects of healthcare. This includes regulatory requirements and addressing day-to-day operational needs.