The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposed
new requirements on non-profit hospitals. Hospitals must comply
with requirements regarding community health needs assessments,
financial assistance policies, charges, billing and collections.
With the Affordable Care Act — and its calls to focus on wellness
and treat the health of patient populations — community
engagement has taken on a new dimension.
Hospitals and health care systems play a key role in supporting
community health initiatives and contributing to developing a
Culture of Health in their communities.
Framing the issue:
• Health reform is tasking hospitals to focus on wellness and
treat the health of populations.
• Doing so requires hospital leaders to look outside their
institutions to partner with community stakeholders.
• Community health needs assessments can be a key first step to
unearthing issues and finding the right partners.
• Obesity, behavioral health and substance abuse are some of the
top community health concerns for hospitals, a recent survey
With the Affordable Care Act — and its focus on wellness and the
health of patient populations — community engagement has taken on
a new dimension. Hospitals are forming strategic partnerships
with a broad spectrum of local organizations, from churches to
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