Community Benefit

Addressing Hospital Industry Hazards and Injuries

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Question: The Risk Management Department of our hospital recently hosted its first Workers' Compensation Healthcare Forum for clinical and administrative representatives from 30 hospitals throughout the state. Our goal was to help raise awareness of the types of injuries and hazards that are common within our industry. Should this be reported as community benefit? It improves health beyond our organization.

Recommendation: We recommend that this activity not be reported as community benefit because the activity is primarily related to a cost of doing business, not a community need.

(August 2009)