Baptist Community Health Needs Assessment Reports

Baptist Memorial Health Care undertook a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in late 2011. Implementation and reassessment has continued in 3-year cycles since then. Baptist has 21 affiliate hospitals serving 111 counties in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. The initial assessment was not only initiated to comply with requirements set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but to further Baptist’s commitment to community health improvement. Baptist uses results from each assessment to guide community initiatives, engage appropriate partners and address community needs. Baptist is committed to the people it serves and the communities they live in.

 

The Primary Goals of the Community Health Needs Assessment were to:

  • Provide baseline measure of key health indicators.
  • Establish benchmarks and monitor health trends.
  • Guide community benefit and community health improvement activities.
  • Provide a platform for collaboration among community groups.
  • Serve as a resource for individuals and agencies to identify community health needs.
  • Manage and monitor community benefit initiatives while maintaining compliance with IRS 501(r) regulation requirements

 

About IRS 501(r) Regulation Requirements

Treasury regulations provide guidance into requirements for individual hospitals that conduct collaborative community health needs assessments. Joint CHNA reports are permitted provided that each hospital facility is clearly identified, and these hospitals define their communities to be the same (Treas Regs.1.501(r)-3(b)(v)). Similarly, joint implementation strategies are permitted provided each hospital facility that collaborates with other facilities documents its implementation strategy in a separate written plan tailored to the specific hospital (Treas Regs. 1.501(r)-3(c)(4)). While a central steering committee of Baptist leadership oversaw the Baptist CHNA process, common priority needs were adopted across all Baptist hospitals as systemwide priorities, and the research methodologies used to determine those needs were conducted on an individual basis for each hospital service area. Within the regional CHNA reports, each individual hospital is referenced on the cover page and within the report, and a common regional service area is depicted. Additionally, individual implementation plans were developed for each hospital. In our view, this approach complies with IRS Code 501(r) regulations for conducting a collaborative CHNA.

By 2019, Baptist will have 22 hospitals. Six of these hospitals are new to the system. According to IRS Code 501(r)-3(d)(1) and as clarified by Baker Tilly, newly acquired organizations are required to be in compliance by the last day of the organization’s second taxable year beginning after the date on which the hospital facility was acquired. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Calhoun became affiliated with Baptist Memorial Health Care in October 2016. It is our understanding that Baptist Calhoun will need to be included in Baptist’s community health needs assessment by Sept. 30, 2019. Effective July 27, 2018, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon also became known as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County. Additionally, Baptist established a shared mission agreement with Mississippi Baptist Health System of four hospitals in May 2017, and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Crittenden is expected to open in early 2019. To comply with IRS 501(r)-3(d)(1), all of these hospitals’ community health needs assessments will be aligned and included with Baptist Memorial Health Care’s 2019 CHNA report.

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