Georgia All-Payer Claims Database Advisory Committee

The Georgia All-Payer Claims Database (GAPCD) Advisory Committee is established by O.C.G.A. §31-53-41 for the purpose of making recommendations regarding the creation of the framework and implementation plan for the APCD.  The APCD will facilitate the reporting of healthcare and health quality data resulting in transparent and public reporting of safety, quality, cost, and efficiency information at all levels of healthcare.

The Director of the Office of Health Strategy and Coordination (OHSC) serves as the chairperson of the GAPCD Advisory Committee and presides over a group that includes representatives from the following:

  • Senate Appropriations Health and Human Development Subcommittee
  • House Appropriations Health Subcommittee
  • Office of Planning and Budget
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Community Health
  • Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

The committee also includes representatives from the hospital industry, as appointed by the Governor, the health care philanthropic community, as appointed by the Governor, the insurance industry, as appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and medical providers, as appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. Here is the full list of Advisory Committee members:

  • Thomas Bat, MD: CEO, North Atlanta Primary Care
  • Senator Ben Watson, MD: District 1 Georgia State Senate, Chair of Senate Appropriations Health & Human Development Subcommittee   
  • Gregg Conley, JD: Executive Counsel, Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
  • Jon Duke, MD: Director, Center for Health Analytics and Informatics at Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Kelly Farr: Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
  • Matthew Hicks: Representative of the Hospital Industry
  • Chad Purcell: Chief Technology Officer, Georgia Dept. of Community Health
  • Crysty Odom: (Retired) St. Mary's Foundation Director, St. Mary's Health Care System
  • Representative Darlene Taylor: District 173 Georgia House of Representatives, Chair of House Appropriations Health Subcommittee
  • Grant Thomas: APCD Advisory Committee Chair Director, Office of Health Strategy and Coordination
  • Kathleen Toomey MD, MPH: Commissioner & State Health Officer, Georgia Dept. of Public Health

The Advisory Committee meets at the call of the chairperson and shall meet at least quarterly. The most recent meeting was held on November 10th, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The next GAPCD Advisory Committee meeting will be held in February 2023. The final date and logistics will be published closer to the meeting. If you would like additional information, please email [email protected]


Workgroups and Subgroups

In support of the Advisory Committee and the APCD program overall, the following workgroups and subgroups were established:

Use Case Workgroup: To consider ways APCD data could be used in Georgia to meet legislative goals; to develop a list of use cases for APCD implementation; to prioritize those initial use cases which would bring the greatest value to the state, given the volume and types of data that will initially be available.

Technical Design Workgroup: To consider technical design options for the APCD, the experiences of states who have implemented APCDs, and review technical trends that have emerged during the evolution of APCDs in other states.

  • Data Submissions Standards subgroup: To set the standards for data to be collected in the APCD and develop a Data Submission Guide for payers and other submitters.

Data Privacy, Security, and Access Workgroup: To consider best practices and recommend policies and processes for protecting both the APCD data and the privacy of Georgians whose care is represented in the claims data; To determine policies and processes for government and private entities to obtain data products from the APCD.

  • Data Use Agreements subgroup: To provide input to OHSC and GTRI-CHAI on the provisions and obligations for inclusion in agreements that will be executed between the APCD and approved recipients of APCD data.

Recommendations from these groups are presented to the Advisory Committee and can be found in the meeting documentation immediately below.