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Hilltop Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant
to Continue Hospital Community Benefit Program Issue Brief Series

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® to continue to provide timely information on emerging trends and important issues related to community benefit. The program will produce three issue briefs as part of its Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA series over an eighteen-month period, the first of which will be published in the spring of 2014.

The program has published eight issue briefs in the series, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® and the Kresge Foundation, since its launch in late 2010. The briefs identify, analyze, and discuss salient policy issues and promising practices in community benefit, focusing on such areas as federal and state community benefit obligations and reporting requirements ; community health needs assessment; implementation strategies/community benefit plans; community benefit accountability; community benefit effectiveness; and regulatory policies concerning financial assistance, patient charges, and billing and collection practices. The briefs can be accessed from the Hospital Community Benefit Program website.

For more information, contact the program’s director, Gayle Nelson (410.455.6803).





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 state and local health departments, hospital regulators, legislators, revenue collection and budgeting agencies, and hospitals as these stakeholders develop approaches that suit the unique needs of their communities and work toward a more accessible, coordinated, and effective community health system.

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