Community benefits are clinical or non-clinical programs or activities providing treatment and/or promoting health and healing that are responsive to identified community needs, not provided for marketing purposes. Community benefits meet at least one of the following criteria:
Increased community benefit reporting is on the horizon. The Kansas Hospital Association has created the Community Benefit resources below to help Kansas hospitals in our efforts to get in front of the curve on community benefit reporting. These documents can be downloaded and customized for your individual hospital. If you would like more information about our statewide community benefit efforts or have questions about the CBISA web-based reporting tool, please contact Audrey Dunkel at (785) 233-7436.
Defining the community benefits hospitals provide to the community has become more than just a mission of community hospitals. It also is a legal obligation. Many reporting requirements exist, including the new Internal Revenue Service 990 Schedule H. To assist hospitals in organizing this information, the Kansas Hospital Association is providing access at no charge for the Lyon CBISA for States software. This software will assist not-for-profit hospitals in creating an annual community benefit report. In addition to the creation of individual hospital reports, KHA will be able to aggregate data and compile a state-wide report to demonstrate the role, value and benefit of community hospitals in Kansas that can be used for advocacy and public education purposes.
KHA has worked with other Kansas stakeholders to create www.KansasHealthMatters.org - a website featuring Kansas community health data and numerous tools and resources to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment. Tutorials are available on the site and demonstrate how to use this robust tool to assist hospitals in meeting the federal requirements to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment.