In 2009, the IRS revised the reporting requirement for all tax-exempt hospitals to document in more detail how they have allocated their community benefit resources. This creates an important opportunity to generate dialogue about how to best align and focus resources to advance health and well-being, particularly with a lens to health equity.
A reexamination of how and where community benefit resources are allocated offers a tremendous opportunity to build healthier communities. The vast majority of what hospitals report as community benefit is still in the form of free and discounted clinical services, mostly to treat conditions that could have been prevented.
At the same time, the evolution in health care financing is moving towards a model that creates incentives to keep people healthy and out of hospitals. This creates an opportunity to explore partnerships with hospitals to align resources and accelerate the shift to prevention.
Community benefit data and its thoughtful analysis enables a range of community stakeholders to have strategic conversations about where and how resources are allocated to address health in their communities.
This new resource provides searchable community benefit data for nonprofit hospitals across the country.
Community benefit data is most powerful when analyzed in your community’s context. CACHE provides this.