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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!

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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

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

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