NJ hospitals provide $2.75 billion a year in community benefits

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New Jersey hospitals and health systems provided $2.75 billion in community benefits beyond health care services in 2015, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospital Association. These contributions include free and discounted health care services, community health improvement programs,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

AHA urges improved guidance for tax-exempt hospitals

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The AHA today urged the Department of Treasury to issue guidance clarifying that hospitals are promoting health for the benefit of the community as a whole when they address housing, nutrition, transportation and other social determinants of health. “We urge issuance of formal guidance recognizing what... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, socioeconomic status, Community benefit, ACO

National Healthcare Volunteer Week

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This is National Healthcare Volunteer Week, when the AHA’s Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals celebrates the service, dedication and commitment of hospital volunteers. 

National Healthcare Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Reminder: Organizations invited to apply for 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize

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The AHA, along with Baxter International Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is accepting applications through April 7 for the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The prize honors health care organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Applicants should... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

ACHI releases enhanced community health assessment toolkit

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The AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement has updated its Community Health Assessment Toolkit to offer a nine-step pathway to a robust and community-engaged health assessment process. All nonprofit hospitals complete community health needs assessments every three years, a systematic process... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

Illinois Supreme Court voids adverse hospital tax exemption decision

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The Illinois Supreme Court today vacated an appellate court decision that declared the state’s property tax exemption standard for hospitals unconstitutional, concluding that the appellate court did not have jurisdiction to take the appeal. In a friend-of-the-court brief, AHA had urged the court to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

CT hospitals report on community benefits

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Connecticut hospitals invested $1.6 billion in community benefit activities in 2015, according to a new report by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The total includes Medicare and Medicaid underpayments, uncompensated care, community services and other programs to advance community health.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Community health, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Minnesota hospitals report on community benefits

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Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.5 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities in 2015, a 3.6% increase from 2014, according to a new report by the Minnesota Hospital Association. “Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems partner with their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Virginia hospitals provide $2.9 billion in community support

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Virginia hospitals and health systems provided $2.92 billion in community benefit and other types of community support in 2015, according to the latest annual report on community benefit by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. In addition to their role as providers of essential health services,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

Hospitals are economic engines

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Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

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