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Hilltop Releases Issue Brief on Current and Future Community Benefit Policy

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released the eighth issue brief in its series, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA. This brief, Present Posture, Future Challenges, focuses on updating significant points concerning community health needs assessment (CHNA) and other aspects of community benefit discussed in earlier briefs in the series, as well as on identifying and exploring more recent developments and emerging issues.

More specifically, the brief discusses the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’s) 2013 proposed rules, “Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals,” and their potential impact on nonprofit hospital needs assessment, community benefit planning, and collaborative approaches to community health improvement.

For more information, contact Gayle Nelson.

Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program is a central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers who seek to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are responsive to pressing community health needs. The program provides tools to these and other stakeholders to use as they develop approaches that will best suit their communities. All program materials are provided for informational purposes only, not legal advice. The Hilltop Institute does not enter into attorney-client relationships.The program is funded for three years through the generous support of the Kresge Foundation ( and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (


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