Tracking and Reporting Community Benefit
Hospital community benefit is a planned, managed, organized and measured approach to a hospital's participation and contribution toward meeting identified community health needs.
This could include collaboration with a community to benefit its residents – especially the poor, minorities, the uninsured and underinsured – by improving their health status and quality of life.
Community Benefit Criteria
- Generates a low or negative margin
- Responds to the needs of special populations
- Responds to public health needs
- Education or research that improves overall community health
A community benefit could include free clinics and programs or partnerships that promote healthy lifestyles among specific groups such as young children, teen parents and the elderly. Nontraditional benefits also include programs that address violence, child abuse and subsidies that ensure access to dental care or mental health services in urban or rural communities.
Recommendations for how services should be categorized and what should and should not be included as a community benefit can be accessed here.
Report of Community Benefit
NJHA's Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) has worked with hospitals over the years to collect community benefit data and highlight the value of community benefits provided by New Jersey hospitals in an annual statewide report. Each year, HRET collect these data either electronically or manually from hospitals across the state and includes the state's aggregate numbers in a statewide report of community benefits offered by New Jersey hospitals.