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Answers to Your Top Community Health Needs Assessment Questions

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Feb 22, 2022 1:49:37 PM

Advice from the Experts on How to Successfully Complete Your CHNA

By Lee Ann Lambdin 

2022 will be a big year for Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). With the requirement that they are conducted every three years, this is the year for many hospitals to undergo a systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of information about the health of their community.

With this in mind, we recently gathered some of the brightest minds we know - all experts on how to successfully conduct a CHNA: Dr. Stephanie Bailey, Amanda Ables and Carol Quest. Each of these industry healthcare leaders have been there, struggled with and come out the other side of at least one CHNA. (You can read full bios for each of our panelists at the end of this post. We also recorded the session, and you can listen to it here.)

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Tags: chna, Community Health Needs Assessment, community outreach

How Hospital Associations Can Help Members With CHNAs

Posted by Megan Reeves on Dec 7, 2021 1:30:14 PM

Connecting Your Members with the Right CHNA Partner 

By Lee Ann Lambdin and Megan Reeves

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identifies a community’s most significant health issues and needs through systematic data collection and analysis. Every three years, non-profit hospitals are required to submit a CHNA report and adopt an implementation plan to address the identified needs so they can maintain their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt or “charitable” status.

As 2022 quickly approaches, many of your member hospitals will be due to complete their new CHNA. In this post, we’ll discuss the ways you can help your members prepare for and navigate the CHNA process, including:

  • Ensuring your members are clear on what they must do to stay federally compliant
  • Finding ways to promote the real value that can be gained from a CHNA (beyond compliance)
  • Offering resources to members who need help executing their CHNA 

The CHNA process may take several months and resources to complete, so now is the time for your member hospitals to be thinking about their 2022 CHNAs. Keep reading to learn how you can help.

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Tags: chna, community health, Community Health Needs Assessment, hospital associations, state associations

How to Successfully Conduct a Virtual CHNA

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Oct 20, 2020 3:53:46 PM

Unprecedented Times Call for Unprecedented Community Health Needs Assessment Processes

By Lee Ann Lambdin

Every three years, non-profit hospitals, and many for-profit hospitals, take part in a months-long process called a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). A CHNA is designed to identify the community’s greatest health needs before they develop an action plan to address them. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospital officials have been forced to adjust their approach to collecting and sharing CHNA data - introducing virtual CHNA gatherings to their mix. While it‘s not ideal to complete an entire CHNA remotely, thankfully it is possible. Stratasan had the opportunity to perform three fully remote CHNAs in 2020. In this post, we share more.

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Tags: chna, community health, Community Health Needs Assessment

Top 5 Community Health Concerns

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on May 13, 2020 9:39:44 AM

Put Your CHNA to Work to Address these Issues 

By Lee Ann Lambdin

Over the past several years, Stratasan’s Strategic Advisory Services team has completed more than 75 CHNAs. This work is done side by side with a hospital and their community in an effort to assess the health of the community and develop a plan for addressing top health concerns. Over time we’ve noted trends in common health concerns and how community involvement is so important to make the changes needed to correct these issues. In this post, we’ll discuss these findings in more detail.

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Tags: chna, community health, Community Health Needs Assessment, community outreach

Hospital, Meet Your Community. Community, Meet Your Hospital.

Posted by Forrest Rich on Jun 25, 2019 12:32:00 PM

How to See the Greatest Impact from Your CHNA

By Forrest Rich

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) will allow you to assess the health and needs of your community and create a coalition to address those needs. Required by law for non-profits, it’s a practice that can benefit a hospital or health system of any size or tax standing. A CHNA can dramatically further publicity and marketing initiatives, while simultaneously improving community health. 

Consider these benefits; by executing a CHNA you will:

  • Understand the demographics of your population
  • Examine the psychographics and spending habits of your community 
  • Learn the values and viewpoints of the residents in your service area and what unmet health needs they have
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to prioritize solutions
  • Integrate a Market Research Analysis and align your CHNA with your strategic plan
  • Meet IRS requirements (for not-for-profit hospitals)
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Tags: chna, community health, Community Health Needs Assessment, community outreach

The Newfound Value of the Community Asset Inventory

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jan 21, 2019 9:57:01 PM

Execute Your CHNA and Improve Community Health

By Lee Ann Lambdin

One sentence in the Federal Register requirement for CHNAs (page 19, section 6, paragraph E) calls for “a description of the resources potentially available to address the significant health needs identified through the CHNA.” While this one line may seem innocuous at face value, after 9 years of performing CHNAs, I’ve seen this one little sentence take on significant importance in improving the health of communities.

Initially, this requirement was seen as just that, a requirement. However, communities are now seeing how little cross-communication of community resources takes place and how critical this communication is to providing valuable health resources to their residents. Hospitals and communities are beginning to use the Community Asset Inventory as an online catalog for community members who need access to practical, helpful health resources.

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Tags: chna, community health, Community Health Needs Assessment, community outreach

Avoid the Consequences of a CHNA Failure

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Aug 18, 2017 2:40:11 PM

Stay IRS Compliant and Improve the Health of Your Community

By Lee Ann Lambdin

The August 17th issue of Becker’s Hospital CFO Report details how the IRS has revoked an unnamed hospital’s tax exempt status for failing to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA), adopt an implementation strategy, and make it widely available to the public. This punishment is beyond the standard $50,000 excise tax penalty typically issued for failure to meet the CHNA requirements. The article states the IRS referred to "egregious failures when reviewed in the context of [section] 501(r)."

When asked why they failed to fulfill the CHNA expectations, officials at the small rural hospital said they lacked the staffing to comply with 501(r) requirements. While this is the first revocation of tax exempt status that I’m aware of, I know that having your tax exempt status revoked can financially devastate a hospital.  

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Tags: chna, community health, healthcare, Community Health Needs Assessment

Integrating a CHNA into Your Strategy: Recorded Webinar

Posted by Jennifer Keller on Dec 13, 2016 9:57:16 AM

Are you looking to improve your community relationships while positively impacting the health of the population in your service area?

If so, you don’t want to miss this recorded webinar session! Refresh on the required components of a CHNA and learn the similarities between a CHNA process and strategic planning process, how to use the information gathered in the CHNA for the strategic plan, and how healthcare organizations used a wellness and a brand strategy to improve the health of their population.

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Tags: Blog, chna, strategic growth, strategic planning, community health, health care, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, healthcare strategy, webinar, population health

Seven Ways to Get the Most Out of Your CHNA

Posted by Forrest Rich on Nov 22, 2016 3:07:23 PM

Performing a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is more than just a practice required by law for certain hospitals. When executed well, it can also dramatically further publicity and marketing initiatives, supporting your annual planning process and enhancing the execution of your strategic growth goals.

CHNAs provide so much beneficial information that one of the nation’s largest for-profit hospitals has brought on Stratasan to execute 17 CHNAs on their behalf. These CHNAs will benefit their community outreach and population health initiatives.

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Tags: Blog, chna, strategic growth, strategic planning, community health, health care, healthcare, healthcare planning, hospital planning, marketing, Population Health Management, Community Health Needs Assessment, community outreach, health needs, healthcare analytics partner, population health

Best Practices for Managing Not-for-Profit Tax Requirements

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jan 22, 2016 11:18:14 AM

 

Not-for-profit hospital tax exemptions are under fire. Last week ModernHealthcare.com published an article on the Illinois 4th District Appellate Court ruling about a 2012 Illinois law that declares what hospitals have to do to achieve tax exemptions is unconstitutional. The law, when passed in 2012, was seen as a huge benefit for not-for-profit hospitals who now had clear standards of how to maintain their tax-exempt status. The case will go to the Illinois Supreme Court for the final ruling.

As cities and states look for additional tax revenues to run city and state budgets, not-for-profit hospitals are a big source of new revenue. Hospitals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey have also faced challenges.

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Tags: Blog, chna, community health, healthcare, hospital, Illinois, modern healthcare, not-for-profit, Supreme Court, tax-exempt

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