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Hospital Community Benefit Funds
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Resource Topic: Finance
Resource Subtopic: Special and Vulnerable Populations

Year Developed: 2016

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: C-Suite (CEOs, CFO's, CIO, COO's, CMO's, etc)
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: This policy brief gives an overview of hospital community benefit requirements, illustrates the difference between two types of benefits, describes how community benefit funds are currently distributed, discusses additional state requirements, considers hospital perspectives, provides examples of successful partnerships currently in practice, and shares advice for maximizing hospital partnerships with the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community.

Resource Details: To qualify for tax exemptions as charitable organizations, not-for-profit hospitals are required to engage in activities that benefit their communities, often known as “hospital community benefit.” Numerous changes have impacted how these benefits have been defined and reported over the past 50 years, but provisions of the Affordable Care Act provide new opportunities to look more holistically at community needs and consider how best to meet them. This policy brief gives an overview of hospital community benefit requirements, illustrates the difference between two types of benefits, describes how community benefit funds are currently distributed, discusses additional state requirements, considers hospital perspectives, provides examples of successful partnerships currently in practice, and shares advice for maximizing hospital partnerships with the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.