Community Health Needs Assessment
What is a Community Health Needs Assessment?
The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and the related Implementation Plan are required of tax-exempt hospitals as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. A CHNA must be conducted every three years. The CHNA gathers information about the health needs of the community. In addition, each tax-exempt hospital must also prepare and adopt an Implementation Plan based on the findings of their CHNA. The CHNA can be conducted in collaboration with other not-for-profit organizations, such as public health departments and hospitals. Information from the CHNA and Implementation Plan is reported on Schedule H of the IRS Form 990.