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November 20, 2015

Health Needs Assessment Requirements Topic of Latest Publication

Health Needs Assessment Requirements Topic of December 2015 Policy SnapshotThe Center for Health Affairs’ has released its December 2015 Policy Snapshot, which examines the many requirements hospitals must fulfill related to community health needs assessments. Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contained many significant provisions that continue to impact hospitals and the communities they serve. One key provision requires hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and a corresponding implementation strategy − describing how they intend to address significant health needs − at least once every three years for all 501(c)(3) hospitals.

For the first round of CHNA reporting in either 2012 or 2013, there was significant uncertainty among hospitals about what the final rules released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would require of hospitals. Fortunately, the IRS released a final rule in December 2014 providing additional clarification regarding what hospitals should be including in their CHNA reports and implementation strategies.

The newly released Policy Snapshot aims to decipher what is really required of hospitals reporting in 2016 and beyond. Part one of a two-part series, Community Health Planning Part 1: Community Health Needs Assessment Requirements, highlights key CHNA requirements. Stay tuned for The Center’s January 2016 Policy Snapshot, which will contain part two of this series, focused on key implementation strategy requirements.

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