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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!

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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

Community Health Needs Assessment - Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Nov 21, 2013 10:00:43 AM

Your Community Health Needs Assessment is complete with lots of community involvement.  Your community has assisted in prioritizing the most important health issues.  Your hospital has selected and prioritized the health issues and goals that it will work on, and has justifications for the issues it will not work on.  There is still one more requirement to be met: an implementation plan with monitoring and evaluation of efforts.  Stratasan suggests creating a Health Issues dashboard containing as much of the following information as possible.

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Tags: chna, Community Health Needs Assessment

For Halloween: The Most Feared Question on Schedule H Form 990 Part V Community Health Needs Assessment, Question # 7

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Oct 23, 2012 9:41:20 AM

“Did the hospital facility address all of the needs identified in its most recently conducted Needs Assessment? If “No” explain in Part VI which needs it has not addressed and the reasons why it has not addressed such needs.” 

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Tags: chna, community health

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

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Sep 10, 2012 3:32:26 PM

Some hospitals really know their communities, and some just hope they do.  When was the last time the hospital CEO sat down and had a discussion with the Director of the Health Department concerning the needs of the community?  I’ve worked around many hospital CEOs who have said about health status and improvement, “that’s public health”.   Essentially saying that’s not our job, we take care of sick people.  Immunizations, low birthweight babies, diabetes rates, are all the purview of the health department.

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Tags: chna, community health

Community Health Needs: Contrasting Access with Quality Care

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Dec 10, 2011 6:39:07 AM

Access to quality healthcare is a hot topic on both a national and local level. Many rural communities have a shortage of doctors while urban populations overwhelm the few providers accepting new patients. To better identify communities that are underserved, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) annually lists the health provider shortage status of every US County.

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