The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law Mar. 23, 2010, requires hospitals with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to meet requirements to comply with the intent of a charitable hospital. The final rule was issued from the U.S. Treasury Department on Dec. 29, 2014, regarding the charitable hospital requirements included in the ACA.
Community health needs assessments (CHNAs) have the potential to be powerful drivers to enhance the health of communities. Thousands of hospitals across the United States complete a CHNA process every three years. This process includes reviewing quantitative data on community health status, soliciting input from community stakeholders, selecting priority community health needs and devising strategies to address the identified priority needs.