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Hilltop Releases Issue Brief on Current and Future Community Benefit Policy

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program released the eighth issue brief in its series, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA. This brief, Present Posture, Future Challenges, focuses on updating significant points concerning community health needs assessment (CHNA) and other aspects of community benefit discussed in earlier briefs in the series, as well as on identifying and exploring more recent developments and emerging issues.

More specifically, the brief discusses the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’s) 2013 proposed rules, “Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals,” and their potential impact on nonprofit hospital needs assessment, community benefit planning, and collaborative approaches to community health improvement.

For local public health agencies working with their non-profit, community hospitals, this report is required reading. Please note pages 4-6.

If you missed the Three Steps to Understanding Your Community, a Community Commons webinar in 2013, it is posted on their website. The mapping components on the site are excellent.

Contact information: Louise Lex at (515) 281-4348

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