Hospital Community Benefit Obligations: Implications for Health Centers and Communities
Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Interim – Chair of the Department of Global Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Maureen Byrnes, M.P.A., Lead Research Scientist, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
Community Benefit is an obligation of nonprofit hospitals to invest in the communities they serve beyond the provision of direct medical services. The Affordable Care Act calls for strengthening and clarifying this obligation. Our panelists will introduce the concept of community benefit, review new requirements for Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy under the ACA, and discuss implications and opportunities for health centers and public health.