The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 includes a provision that requires every tax exempt, non-governmental hospital to:
• Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) at least every three years.
• Adopt a Strategic Implementation Plan that includes how the needs identified in the assessment will be met.
• Report to the Internal Revenue Service via its 990 tax form how it is meeting its implementation plan.
The Community Health Needs Assessment Report details the process used to collect, disseminate and prioritize the information in the assessment. The Medical Center at Bowling Green worked closely with local healthcare and public health leaders throughout the assessment process.
The end result of the assessment process was the development by the hospital of a strategic plan to address the major needs identified.