Community Benefit Overview

Community benefits are programs and services designed to improve health in communities and increase access to health care. They are integral to the mission of Catholic and other not-for-profit health care organizations, and are the basis of tax exemption. For nearly 20 years, CHA has been a leader in the community benefit field, helping not‑for-profit health care organizations fulfill their community benefit mission.

Community Benefit and COVID-19

Useful websites

CHA's COVID-19 resources page - CHA has collected information from our members and other reliable sources related to COVID-19. It includes resources on ethics, health disparities, health disparities, palliative care, advocacy and public policies and more.

Healthcare Financial Management Association's COVID-19 page -  HFMA’s webpage has news coverage of the new coronavirus and its effects on healthcare finance.

Health Care Organizations Expand Their Anchor Institution Roles - Health Progress

Resources related to reporting community benefit

New guidance on reporting community benefit related to coronavirus What Counts Q and A

IRS Policy News

  • In a joint letter dated July 7, 2020 CHA, AHA and the AAMC asked the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to immediately announce an extension for any CHNA required to be conducted after April 1, 2020 until April 1, 2021 or a date that is six months after the expiration of the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, whichever is longer.
  • On March 31, CHA, joined by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), asked the IRS to give hospitals a six-month extension to file IRS Form 990.
  • IRS Notice 2020-23, issued on April 9, 2020, delayed the filing deadline for Form 990 until July 15, 2020 and extends the due date for CHNA reports and implementation strategies due between April 1 and July 15, 2020.

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Upcoming Events

Community Benefit 101
Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for a full listing of upcoming events.

2018 Community Benefit Program Evaluation Webinar Series Recordings

Recordings from CHA/Vizient’s webinar series on community benefit program evaluation are now available. The series, based on CHA’s guide Evaluating Your Community Benefit Impact, was designed to help community benefit managers document the progress and impact of their programs while meeting Internal Revenue Service and/or funder requirements for program evaluation.