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Updated for 2015 with a 2017 Update to Chapter Four on Accounting, CHA's A Guide for Planning and
Reporting Community Benefit provides a comprehensive framework for health
care organizations desiring to develop a more strategic approach to planning,
delivering and reporting on community benefit programs.
This resource includes guidance on meeting federal requirements for
tax-exempt hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments and adopt
implementation strategies to meet identified needs. The Guide also
includes guidelines for reporting information on the IRS Form 990, Schedule H
for Hospitals as well as valuable information from community benefit and public
health professionals about leading practices in community health
This resource is primarily for staff who plan, develop and implement
community benefit programs. However, in most organizations community benefit
efforts involve many departments. This resource can be used by board and
executive leaders, as well as staff in mission, finance, organizational
planning, population health management, communications, patient registration,
patient advocacy, pastoral care, social services, clinical and legal offices
involved in community benefit and outreach.
The Guide is organized around the basic components in community
benefit planning, implementation and reporting:
- Getting Started.
- Understanding What Counts and Does Not Count as
- Building a Sustainable Infrastructure.
- Accounting for Community Benefit.
- Planning and Implementing Community Benefit Programs.
- Evaluating Community Benefit Programs.
- Communicating the Community Benefit Story.
The Guide has numerous links to additional tools, examples and
resources that can be accessed on the CHA website.
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