Planning for a healthier future
For nonprofit hospitals, showing the community that you care is no longer just good business – it’s also a requirement for tax-exempt status. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all 501(c)(3) hospitals must publish a formal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years, along with formulating a strategy for meeting the health needs of the local community.
At Ascendient, we see real benefits amidst the red tape. By going beyond the easy statistics and facile analysis, we seek to help our clients connect with their communities in a deeper way. We bring our research skills to bear both qualitatively and quantitatively, seeking input from community leaders while digging into the data for overlooked opportunities.
In future years, the IRS will judge your community benefit according to the public health goals outlined in your Community Health Needs Assessment, so it is essential to manage expectations and measure results.
As an independent third party, we bring a degree of objectivity to the process, helping to ensure that your plan is firmly rooted in reality. And our extensive work in public health allows us to add a valuable perspective that internal reports are likely to miss.
Getting the most from your Community Health Needs Assessment
The CHNA is no longer a new requirement. With the first three-year cycle already behind us, we know how to streamline the process, avoid potential problems, and stay within the shifting boundaries of IRS guidelines.
Our deliverable is a thorough, in-depth report that does more than just “check all the boxes” for regulatory purposes. We create a Community Health Needs Assessment that aligns with your strategic plan, communicates with your market, and sets you apart from for-profit competitors.
If you’d like to discuss how Ascendient can help you create more value with your CHNA, please contact Daniel Carter at 919-226-1705.