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Community benefit programs: how to begin planning process

The Accountable Care Act mandates that tax-exempt hospitals show that they are looking at, and doing something about, community health needs.  In order to help hospitals accomplish this, the Catholic Health Association is going to publish a new 2012 edition of: A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit.  A little preview of the forthcoming publication is given in this article, which itemizes 7 general characteristics of a robust community benefit program.  These points include:

  • Mission-driven
  • Community health oriented (rather than charity-care oriented)
  • Actively engaging community members in planning
  • Transparent
  • Board and senior executive commitment
  • Strategically planned
  • Continuous quality improvement

Source: Trocchio, J., and Curtis, J.L.  Hallmarks for assessing a solid program.  Health Progress;93(3):64-65, May-June 2012.  Click here for full text on publisher’s website: http://www.chausa.org/HP/  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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