Providence Community Pharmacy

Community Health Needs Assessment

Community Health Needs Assessment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted March 23, 2010 added new requirements hospital organizations must satisfy in order to be described in section 501(c)(3) as well as new reporting and excise taxes. These new requirements for charitable 501(c)(3) hospitals are articulated in section 501(r). The ACA imposes the following new requirements on organizations that operate one or more hospital facilities (Hospital Organizations). Each 501(c)(3) hospital organization is required to meet four general requirements on a facility-by-facility basis:

  • establish written financial assistance and emergency medial care policies
  • limit amounts charged for emergency or other medically necessary care to individuals eligible for assistance under the hospital’s financial assistance policy
  • make reasonable efforts to determine whether an individual is eligible for assistance under the hospital’s financial policy before engaging in extraordinary collection actions against the individual, and
  • conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and adopt an implementation strategy at least once every three years

These CHNA requirements are effective for tax years beginning after March 23, 2012

  • Providence Medical Center (PMC) engaged Focus & Execute to:
    complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report
  • provide Providence Medical Center with information needed to complete the IRS form 990 Schedule
  • provide information needed for the hospital to issue an assessment of community health need and to document how it intends to respond to the identified needs