Community Health Needs Assessment: When to Seek Outside Help

Health Care

August 04, 2011
by Nicholas Smith

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires all tax-exempt hospitals to conduct and submit a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to the IRS starting in 2012. The law requires hospitals to also develop implementation plans to address identified needs and report on progress. This article explores some of the potential pitfalls of a homegrown assessment along with the benefits of seeking outside assistance for some or all aspects of the CHNA.

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