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Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(r) requires health care organizations to assess the health needs of their communities and adopt implementation strategies to address identified needs. Per IRC Section 501(r), a byproduct of the Affordable Care Act, to comply with federal tax-exemption requirements, a taxexempt hospital facility must:
• Conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years.
• Adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified through the assessment.
• Report how it is addressing the needs identified in the CHNA and a description of needs that are not being addressed with the reasons why such needs are not being addressed.
The CHNA must take into account input from persons including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health, those who serve or interact with vulnerable populations and those who represent the broad interest of the community served by the hospital facility. The hospital facility must make the CHNA widely available to the public.
This CHNA, which describes both a process and a document, is intended to document OakBend Medical Center’s (OMC or Medical Center) compliance with IRC Section 501(r). Health needs of the community have been identified and prioritized so that the Medical Center may adopt an implementation strategy to address specific needs of the community.
The process involved:
• An evaluation of the implementation strategy for calendar years ending December 31, 2013 through December 31, 2015, which was adopted by the Medical Center board of directors in 2012.
• Collection and analysis of a large range of data, including demographic, socioeconomic and health statistics, health care resources and hospital data.
• Obtaining community input through:
o Interviews and surveys with key stakeholders who represent a) persons with specialized knowledge in public health, b) populations of need or c) broad interests of the community.
This document is a summary of all the available evidence collected during the CHNA conducted in tax year 2015. It will serve as a compliance document, as well as a resource, until the next assessment cycle. Both the process and document serve as the basis for prioritizing the community’s health needs and will aid in planning to meet those needs.