Community Health Needs Assessment
A Community Health Needs Assessment is a report that shows you the needs, health disparities and resources of your community. Carnahan Group uses our resources to help determine what will have the greatest impact on your community and provide an implementation strategy for you to meet the community health needs identified.
Community health is more than just services offered at your local hospital; it is the active pursuit of overall community wellness. Through a Community Health Needs Assessment, Carnahan Group can assist you in identifying where the community is now and what are the primary concerns of the community. An assessment will allow you to change the direction of your health services to better serve your members by utilizing your identified health assets.
Even though the IRS is requiring every hospital to have a Community Health Needs Assessment completed by 2013, Carnahan Group has been developing assessments for over 9 years.
Our Community Health Needs Assessment includes all the required information from the IRS and can be combined with our Medical Staff Demand Analysis and our Market Share Analysis to give you a complete view of your hospital, your staff and your community.
Contact us at 813.289.2588 and we will help you meet the necessary government requirements.
The newly implemented government requirements are explained below:
- The Community Health Needs Assessment must take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health. Specifically, the assessment must document the following:
- A description of the community served by the hospital facility
- A description of the process and methods used to conduct the assessment
- A description of how the hospital took into account the broad interests of the community served by the hospital, whether through meetings, focus groups, interviews, surveys, etc.
- The name of the “leader” or “representative” of medically underserved, low-income and minority populations, and populations with chronic disease needs within the community served by the hospital
- A prioritized description of all the community health needs identified through the Community Health Needs Assessment
- A description of the existing health care facilities available within the community to meet the needs identified in the assessment
- The Community Health Needs Assessment must be made widely available to the public (i.e. posted on the hospital’s website)
- Tax-exempt hospitals must adopt an implementation strategy to meet each community health need identified in the assessment. The implementation strategy must:
- Be in writing
- Describe how the hospital plans to meet the health need
- Identify the health needs the hospital facility does not intend to meet and explain why
- Tax-exempt hospitals will face a $50,000 excise tax and loss of their tax-exempt status if they fail to meet the assessment requirement in any taxable year
- Hospital systems with multiple facilities will have to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment for each facility they operate
- However, hospital organizations will be able to collaborate with other organizations in conducting the assessment and developing implementation strategies
* Bullet points courtesy of Haynes and Boone, LLP.