Posts for Community Benefit and Community Engagement

Existing State Hospital Oversight Inadequate for Era of Hospital Consolidation, Closures

The hospital landscape in this country is changing rapidly. Hospitals are consolidating, with mergers and acquisitions jumping from 66 in 2010 to 112 in 2015, an increased pace that is continuing in 2016.  Regional and national health systems are growing...

Washington State Advocates Inserting Consumer Voice Into Accountable Communities of Health

(Last year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a joint initiative with Community Catalyst called the Value Advocacy Project (VAP). The project is supporting consumer health advocacy organizations in six states in their non-lobbying advocacy efforts to pursue local and...

A Review of Georgia Nonprofit Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments

At Community Catalyst we are often asked for lessons or insights into the Community Health Needs Assessments that non-profit hospitals have been generating. We are in regular communication with several groups around the country who are monitoring CHNAs.

IRS Final Rules for Tax-Exempt Hospitals: The Work Ahead

2015 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for non-profit hospital community benefit. The Hospital Accountability Project team has been closely tracking developments in the non-profit hospital sector and in communities across the nation.

Something for the Rest of Us: Finally, Federal Rules on Hospital Bills Are Here

You can almost set your clock by it: at least once a year, a major piece of investigative journalism documents the struggles of uninsured and underinsured people who carry heavy medical debt and are facing collection actions from hospitals.

Putting People First: New Tools and Resources for Communities

Through funding from the Kresge Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, our Hospital Accountability Project (HAP) has worked closely with three communities (Bronx, NY; Minneapolis, MN; and Portland, OR) over the past several months.

Health Care and Voter Registration: Complementary Opportunities for Community Health Centers

With the November elections looming, many organizations that we wouldn’t normally think of as hubs for engaging voters are playing an important role in ensuring eligible citizens are able to register. Community health centers, trusted spaces for obtaining health care,...

Hospitals and Economic Development: Introducing Core Concepts

Recently, the Hospital Accountability Project (HAP) and the Democracy Collaborative co-hosted a webinar, “Community Benefit and Anchor Institutions: Linkages and Opportunities,” exploring how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) community benefit requirements may be opening new doors to work on economic...

Building Community Voice and Power, One Hospital at a Time: IRS Proposed Rules Encourage Hospitals to Address Disparities in Health and Financial Barriers to Care

Last week before celebrating another fireworks-filled Fourth of July here in Boston, we pressed “send” on comments addressing proposed rules on how non-profit hospitals engage community and public health partners in their community benefit planning.
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