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Did you know that your local non-profit hospital must work with people in the community to prioritize health care needs?

Written by Diane Archer

A report by the Hilltop Institute explains that non-profit hospitals are legally obligated to deliver community benefits, and they do. Back in 2002, the Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation determined that non-profit hospitals delivered benefits to their communities–such as lower prices, charity care and health education–to the tune of more than $12 billion.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they now must work with individuals, public health experts and community groups to identify ways to improve the care they deliver and better meet the needs of vulnerable individuals.

Every three years, hospitals must undertake a Community Health Needs Assessment (“CHNA”) in partnership with organizations and individuals working to meet the health needs of the community. The needs assessment identifies and prioritizes the greatest needs, as well as the community resources to address them and ways in which the hospital can meet them.

Of note, the law states that hospitals must engage “medically underserved, low-income, and minority populations” in their assessments. Community Catalyst has a new toolkit and resources to assist community organizations in working with their local hospitals and engaging vulnerable older adults in the needs assessment.




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  • Of course the furtue elderly are paying for this Mike, in addition to others, while the stimulative effect has to partially make up for the fiscal drag Obama agreed to allow via the debt ceiling deal.I like much of what I heard in the speech last night and I think it’s the best speech I’ve heard Obama give so far as President, but he has a long way to go. This better just be a first step.

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