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Urban Hospitals and Community Needs Assessments

A new study evaluates the degree to which non-profit urban hospitals are addressing the issue of health inequities in their Affordable Care Act-mandated community needs assessments.

The assessments are part of a requirement for hospitals to retain their tax-exempt status, and the study examined the community needs assessments of 179 hospitals in 28 cities to identify how many explicitly or implicitly address health equity concerns.  The study also determined how many outlined future hospital strategies designed to address health equity issues.

All private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals are subject to this requirement.

Learn more about how hospitals are responding to this mandate in the Health Affairs study “The Role Of Nonprofit Hospitals In Identifying And Addressing Health Inequities In Cities,” which can be found here.

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