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March 2012
Community Health Needs Assessments - Have questions? We have answers.

The passing of federal health reform legislation – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – has already brought many changes to hospitals including four new requirements for not-for-profit, charitable hospitals. One of those new requirements states that not-for-profit hospitals must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) once every three years and develop a plan to meet the health needs of the community.


Are you one of many hospitals that has questions about the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Plan requirements? Do you wonder if your facility has the staff or time to complete the assessment and implementation plan? Do you know when your specific assessment and implementation plan must be completed?


This is where CHC Consulting can help. We use the six step process listed below.


At CHC Consulting, we take a flexible approach in working with our clients. We can complete the entire community needs assessment from start to finish (as described above) or provide assistance in certain areas such as:

  •  Data collection
  • Conducting one-on-one interviews, focus groups or surveys
  • Writing the report after your facility has completed the analysis

To learn more about the CHC Consulting Community Health Needs Assessment process and how we can help you meet the new regulations, contact David Domingue at ddomingue@communityhospitalcorp.com or visit the Community Health Needs Assessment page on our Website.

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Community Health Needs Assessment, Healthcare Reform

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