Hospital Community Benefit Accountability FAQs

Q: For the public meeting, who specifically needs to be invited from the state agencies?
A: HCPF will provide contact names for the other agencies.  For HCPF, hospitals should use the dedicated email to invite HCPF to the meetings and we will inform the hospitals the staff member who will attend.

Q: Is the “Community Benefit Implementation Plan” the same as our Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan? 
A: Community Benefit Implementation Plan is similar to the Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan. The Community Benefit Implementation Plan must be submitted annually and follow the same implementation strategy requirements laid out in 26 CFR § 1.501(r)-3(c). 

Q: Is there a standard format for the report that is due July 1, 2020? 
A: The Department has posted a report template to be used by all reporting hospitals on the
Hospital Community Benefit Accountability webpage.

Q: What is the status of the website that HCPF is going use to share all of the reports from the hospitals?
A: The Department anticipates making the hospital reports available when the summary has been submitted to the General Assembly. There will be a link made available on the Hospital Community Benefit Accountability webpage.

Q: Does a new hospital need to host public meetings and submit information by July 1, 2020?
A: New hospitals are not required to host a public meeting but are encouraged to do so if possible. New hospitals will still be required to submit a report on July 1, 2020 that includes the following:

  • The date the hospital opened
  • Date the first Community Health Needs Assessment is due
  • Date form 990 including Schedule H is due to the Federal Internal Revenue Service
  • Description of the hospital plan to fulfill the Hospital Community Benefit Accountability requirements
  • A list of the community health needs that have been identified and a description of how they will be addressed  

New hospitals will be expected to host a public meeting that complies with the state requirements during the July 2020 to June 2021 timeframe and report to the Department on July 2021.

Q: Will there be any chages to the program due to COVID-19?
A: The first report due date has been delayed until September 1, 2020. The original due date of July 1 will resume in 2021. The Department has eased some of the reporting guidelines for the first report.